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  • Writer's pictureJ. Michael Squatrito, Jr.

Prophecy or Coincidence?

Sometimes, purely by chance, real life events are preceded by premonitions, prophecies, or omens that really make you think. As many of you know by now, I had an awful accident in August but it wasn't until recently that I saw a very strange correlation between my fall and something I had written in my novels almost 20 years ago. Check this out:

  • In my second Overlords fantasy book, The Talisman of Unification, my main character Harrison Cross has his arm severed by the Scynthians, an evil humanoid race. In real life, I took a horrific fall and dislocated my right shoulder and tore my rotator cuff.

  • Harrison's friends, a mage and cleric, performed a combination of magic spells and healing prayers to reattach his arm; skilled surgeon's meticulously reattached my severed tendon from my shoulder back to my arm.

  • After the spell, Harrison's arm was numb and he could not move it at all; I was given a nerve blocking agent pre-surgery, had my surgically repaired arm placed in an immovable sling, and had no feeling in my arm for 36 hours.

  • Harrison lamented that he could not grip a flagon, let alone wield his battle-axe, his weapon of choice; I moaned that I couldn't even grip my pint glass, at times my "weapon of choice".

  • Over time, Harrison was able to lift his battle-axe in careful, choreographed motions; After two weeks, I was given the green light to start physical therapy where I was given specific exercises to begin my recovery.

  • Less than a month later, Harrison had full use of his arm, his friends' spell healing him completely; I'm nine weeks out of surgery and finally out of my sling. I have a lot more range of motion but still have a few months to go before a full recovery. Hey, surgeons are fantastic but they don't have magic on their side!

So, did I prophesize my accident when I wrote about Harrison's mishap? Was it a prophecy or coincidence? What do you think? Inquiring minds want to know ...

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A. Keith Carreiro
A. Keith Carreiro
Jan 20, 2023



Julien Ayotte
Julien Ayotte
Jan 16, 2023

I think you've been having too many pints in the last few months. I'll vote for a coincidence over a prophecy. But then again, what do I know about a mage or a flagon?

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