In the novel Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jon Atack, the wraith of Jimi Hendrix haunts, helps and occasionally hinders a jaded advertising executive in this intricate and amusing novel about a modern-day cult based on traditional Cherokee ideas.
Reclusive ad man Big is jarred out of an Ecstasy trip by the now mature Jimi Hendrix. The charismatic rock star propels Big into a cult group, where members believe themselves to be members of the lost Cherokee Kanasta tribe. Their new leader, former dominatrix Wasp Tongue, reclaims the magical Ulunsuti crystal, and sets about revenging the Cherokee on the White world.
Big teams up with Peter, a brilliant fifteen-year-old musician who has grown up in the cult and longs to escape it. Big also falls head over heels in love with Beloved Woman, the daughter of the cult’s recently demised founder, Wide Eye.
Big tumbles through a series of dreams and visions, discovering strange facets of Jimi Hendrix’s life, fragments of Cherokee lore, and bits of Blues legend. Ultimately, this journey leads to the resolution of his own retreat from life and relationships.