"A well-cast spell."

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Release date: Oct. 31, 2015

True Religion

by J.L. Weinberg

An unexpected encounter with an otherworldly spirit at a holiday party in the Orenda Valley sends Seth Davis, a gay journalist from Manhattan, on a profound religious journey. Along the way, Seth stumbles into a quarreling coven of witches in the charming tourist town of Hope Springs, Pennsylvania, formerly known as Hell’s Ferry, and one of the most haunted destinations in America. As Seth learns more of the town’s remarkable history, he also uncovers his own shocking past, and in order to seek peace for his troubled soul, he must determine the fate of the coven, the town, and the entire Orenda Valley. True Religion, J.L. Weinberg’s debut novel, is a genre-bending fusion of paranormal horror, spiritual therapy, American history, and New Age enlightenment.


“An act of imagination rooted in history and place.”

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About the author

J.L. Weinberg was born and raised in San Francisco. He moved to New York City to become a film critic, but was sidetracked by stints as a model and actor. He returned to movie journalism, writing for New York, Premiere, The Village Voice, Interview, American Cinematographer, The Advocate, and The New York Native. True Religion is his first novel.  Visit JLWeinberg.com to learn more on the author and his debut novel.


Praise for True Religion


“Weinberg thoughtfully stitches together several different traditions—Christian, Celtic, Egyptian and Native American, in particular—into a synthesis that delves deep into the profound without becoming too new-agey. True Religion thus serves as an invocation to a new era of religious integration and earth revitalization. The effect is like getting breathlessly zipped through a haunted house in a spiraling cart while being schooled on (local) spiritual philosophy.”

—C. Todd White, Out in Jersey

True Religion is an engaging work of speculative fiction. Part thriller, part contemporary fantasy, Weinberg’s charming debut hits all the right marks. Readers will enjoy Seth’s journey from the quintessential agnostic to the spiritually connected and likely make some friends among the denizens of Hope Springs along the way.

—Vince Liaguno, Lambda Literary

“Brace yourself—for witches, ghosts, and unsettled souls that do way more than go bump in the night. They are out for a showdown with Seth, a determined, young spiritual seeker who is the hero of J.L. Weinberg’s edge-of-your-seat paranormal thriller. This is a thought-provoking debut that will leave you wanting more!”

—David Pratt, author of Looking After Joey and Bob the Book

“Radical faerie boys and spirit guides, Old Religion and New Faith, these are the wondrous tools Weinberg uses to create a remarkable contemporary fantasy for gay readers. Whether or not God really does bless America, be assured that the prose in True Religion is divine, clever, and engaging.”

—Steve Berman, author of Vintage: A Ghost Story and editor of the Wilde Stories annual series


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Visit JLWeinberg.com

to learn more on the author and his debut novel.