David J. Castello : Upcoming “magical realism” novel is a true labor of love

The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959) ” is David Castello’s first full length novel to be published under the “Magical Realism” literature genre.

A true labor of love spanning a decade of writing, Castello’s printed book is about to hit the stores on December 1st.

Front cover.

Front cover.

What is the book about?

Here is the synopsis, from the final version, as shared by David Castello.

THE DIARY OF AN IMMORTAL (1945–1959) is the story of twenty-one-year-old U.S. Army combat medic Steven Ronson, a man who escapes the constant inundation and threat of death in World War Two after he discovers an immortality formula designed for Adolf Hitler during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in April of 1945.

Steven begins consuming the immortality formula and, after realizing that aging and death no longer control his life, travels to Manhattan to realize his childhood dream of becoming a jazz saxophonist on 52nd Street. The immortality formula gives him supernatural powers and fantastic musical abilities. His performance catches the attention of a disgraced British missionary and his adopted niece who knew the Buddhist monks in China that have guarded the original formula for thousands of years.

After a series of disturbing and prophetic visions, Steven accepts an invitation from the ex-missionary to journey to Xian. In a mountain monastery outside of the city, Steven discovers the incredible truth about the formula and the monks, and the interstellar origins of Jesus Christ and the human race. But time is running out−the German occultists who helped bring Hitler to power in the 1930s have selected another Aryan messiah, and this time he has the formula. Steven cannot allow the nightmare he experienced in Germany to happen again.

We asked David Castello a few questions about his upcoming book:

David J. Castello.

David J. Castello.

DomainGang : David, tell us a few things about your interest in writing.

David J. Castello : I’ve always written. I wrote my first newspaper article when I was nine.

My one and only merit badge in the Boy Scouts was for Journalism – which promptly got my ass kicked by every redneck in south Florida.

I wrote most of the content for our CCIN web sites. I’ve always kept it to myself until I finished this book.

I’ve hired a publicist and there will be a huge story I’ve written coming soon for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor (Dec 7th).

DomainGang : What is “Magical Realism” exactly?

David J. Castello : The genre is Magical Realism such as The Green Mile (Steven King) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ( F Scott Fitzgerald).

The first time I saw The Green Mile my jaw dropped because the genre was close to my style.

Magical Realism has only been a recognized style in the industry for the last fifteen years. Before that, my book would’ve probably been called Historical Fiction, but that doesn’t cover all the bases.

Was very surprised when I learned that King wrote it.

DomainGang : How long did it take you to write this novel?

David J. Castello : A very long time. Well over ten years. I would keep going back to it.

And, yes, this is my debut novel. More to come.

DomainGang : How much of it is Realism, vs. fiction?

David J. Castello : The novel is 95% realism. I did a tremendous amount of historical research that will blow readers away.

I had a college history professor review it and he told me one part was historically not true. It was, and he was shocked when I proved it to him.

DomainGang : What exactly is the book cover depicting?

David J. Castello : The ancient medical school atop Chakpori Hill in Lhasa, Tibet. It was destroyed by Chinese artillery in 1959.  I cover it extensively in the novel.

DomainGang : Thank you for sharing all this valuable information with our readers, David. Looking forward to the book in December!

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3 Responses to “David J. Castello : Upcoming “magical realism” novel is a true labor of love”
  1. Ian Ingram says:

    Sounds really interesting. It looks like it’s available to pre-order on Amazon now (for the Kindle):

  2. Aaron Strong says:

    Very Cool!…The dude rocks!…On the music side of things I would love to see a collaboration with BREE and AWOLNATION.

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