Papa Joe's Fantastic World
Final volume in the saga of romance, reincarnation and sorcery. Morgaine and Nicholas ties up all the loose ends in the other novels. It finally ends the rivalry between Melody and Morgaine for Michael's affection. It tells the story of the demon child that resulted when Asmodeus raped Bridget Bongiglio. It reveals the secret plan of Morgaine and Lilith, and all the villians Vlad Tepes, Victor Legion and the great Asmodeus gather for a final confrontation with Morgaine.
A female drifter by the name of Mandy Blake stumbles upon Moonwood, which has been abandoned by Melody. She meets and various ghosts, monsters and demons that haunt the old place. A ghost warns Mandy about her coming meeting with Nicholas Bongiglio
Nicholas Bongiglio, the half demon son of Tom and Bridget, becomes president of the United States. When he visits Moonwood, he falls in love with Mandy and hires Victor Legion (the Frankestein monster). With Legion's help, Nicholas creates artificial men to conquer the world.
Only Michael holds the key to saving the world from Nicholas. But, Morgaine has made Michael her slave. Michael's friends meet to discuss how to save him from her clutches. Each pursues the effort in his or her own way. All except Raven become lost in the Catacombs of Death and imprisoned by demons.
A few hours later, Mandy woke up. She had the feeling that someone besides herself and the robot were in the room. Moonlight streamed through the window. A shadow passed through the dim light. Mandy removed her hunting knife from the sheath strapped to her ankle. "Who's there?"
A man wearing a priest's collar approached her bed. The odor of death wafted into Mandy's nostrils. She wondered whether it was the other vampire. Sylvan had said that he was a priest. "Who are you? What do you want?" Her voice quivered. There was something spectral about the apparition.
A hollow voice said, "In life my name was Patrick McGillicutty. I must warn you to leave this place."
"Are you a vampire?"
"No. I am the soul of a once living man."
"A ghost then?"
Instead of replying to the question, the wraith said, "Beware the evil that is coming."
"What evil? Legion and his girl friend? The vampires?"
"Although they are evil, you need not fear them. A greater evil on its way. It wants you."
Mandy shuddered. This did not feel like a dream. "What wants me? When is it coming?"
"Beware the danger. Leave Moonwood." The ghostly figure slowly faded to mist and disappeared. Mandy no longer felt that its presence in the room.
"Cripes Isaac, did you see that?"
The red lights in the robot's eyes lit up. "Yes, I did. It was the spirit of Father McGillicutty."
"Who's Father McGillicutty?"
"He was a Catholic priest who lived here several years ago. He performed an exorcism on another man who lived here, Lance Flebert. But the demon who had possessed Lance went into Father McGillicutty, and the priest committed suicide."
"How awful. The man I met in Woodstock was right. Some terrible things have happened in this mansion. Do you think he was warning me against the same demon?"
"I don't know. Other people have been possessed by demons here in Moonwood."
"Can you protect me against them?"
"I do not know."
Not very comforting, she thought. Mandy, the ghost was right. You should get away from this weird house as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, every since she had the dream about being the queen of the world, she had the feeling that something good was coming her way if she stayed. She'd had lucky hunches like this before and was rewarded handsomely, such as finding a nice man with a good job or a twenty dollar bill.
She was about to turn over and go back to sleep when she noticed a ghostly white face of someone standing in a dark corner. The ghost is back, she thought. Perhaps it will say more about what danger it was talking about.
A pale gaunt figure stepped forward. The man wore a priest's collar, but was not McGillicutty. He was a younger man, taller and thinner. "No. I am Father Winters. Perhaps I should say simply David Winters. I don't believe The Church would have me in my present condition."
The other vampire. Mandy yelled, "Stay away from me. Isaac, help me."
The robot advanced toward the vampire. "Do not try to harm this woman."
"I had not intended to. Since I became a creature of the night. I have not sucked the blood of human beings except those who want me to. I have been living mostly on the blood of animals. It would be immoral to take the blood of a person without their permission. I refuse to give in to my lusts."
"If you don't want my blood, what do you want?" asked Mandy.
"To warn you. The demon witch Morgaine has plans for you."
"Hmm. I wonder whether she was the one the ghost was warning me about. Okay, if this Morgaine witch or demon shows up, I won't have any truck with her."
"You should leave Moonwood."
Mandy shook her head. "People are always telling me to get out of here. Well, it just so happens, I like it here. I'm comfortable despite the ghost and vampires and other weird creatures."