The works & sagas of author & performer Sapha Burnell

Caleb Mauthisen

Lutheran Priest Caleb Mauthisen, single father & mystic Judge maneuvers through Leprechaun pubs, mystic forests, Anasazi's Africa & the Ginnungagap.

Think his Dad can babysit while Caleb exorcizes a Wendigo from Vancouver's West End? 

Salomon Calder waits in a european Cathedral for the man who changed his life 80 years before. Caleb Mauthisen would come. He always came, that's what was wrong with him.

Salomon Calder waits in a european Cathedral for the man who changed his life 80 years before. Caleb Mauthisen would come. He always came, that's what was wrong with him.

The Judge of Mystics Saga

The Sagas of Caleb Mauthisen are a series of short stories and novellas dedicated to the adventures of Lutheran Priest and single dad Caleb Mauthisen. Bathed in mythology and contemporary magic, Caleb travels the realms to keep the spiritual & mystic world from combusting. Cast as the Outsider, he traverses between Fae Folk, Aesir, Kami & Anasazi's Brood to keep the peace, without humanity becoming collateral damage. How long until he picks a side?

Adventure with Caleb, daughter Karisma, retired exorcist dad Ray, best friend Finnegan the Leprechaun, and a host of figures from the mythologies of ancient Europe, Africa, North America, Korea & Japan in stories published through novellas, literary journals, & short story collections.

Son of Abel
By Sapha Burnell
A long, shaven fang slopped into his palm, soaked in the life-blood which should have been inside of him, pumping on its marathon circuit around his heart.
The night broke with the snuffling, raw bellow of the Wendigo’s hunting call. Caleb shut his lips and pushed his knee fruitlessly at the mossy ground. He was lost.
— The Wendigo (Burnell)

Published Stories:

Why is it, I wonder, that every tattoo place I send you to has an outrageous accident minutes before you arrive?
— Finnegan, Son of Abel

Finnegan was having the best day. His pub was lively, he had time for an extra pint and that ginger haired beauty who'd been giving him the eye. When Caleb Mauthisen called for a magical evac from the Outer Hebrides, what the heck, that would make for more entertainment! Caleb's adventures always came with a few good yarns. Right? Wrong. 

Caleb's obsession with a magical tattoo had the power to end a long-term truce. Who will save Caleb from the crimson claws of his ex, the gypsy enchantress Delilah? Will Caleb find the closure he seeks? Who will save Finnegan from the Vancouver Transit System? 

Journey with Caleb, Finnegan, Ray & Delilah as Caleb searches for the origin of a story older than Christ and twice as twisted. Son of Abel is Sapha Burnell’s contemporary speculative fiction novella, and soon to be a hit with adventurous readers, and those who like to laugh.

Upcoming Sagas: 

  • The Wendigo & Fox Wives: A Short Story Collection
  • The Book of Revels: A Novella
  • Ginnungagap