Friday, July 15, 2011


Caveat Lector. Let the reader beware. Latin, of course. When this phrase was used in Rome it meant that there might be something wrong with the text. That there might be something that could mislead the reader. My usage today is a little different. I am asking the reader to beware my new novella 'The Angelic Mysteries'.

There are several things about this novella that might mislead the reader. First is the title. When we hear the word 'mysteries' today we naturally think of murder mysteries from the likes of Agatha Christie or from television shows like Monk. But in this work it doesn't mean that at all. The word mysteries here is used in its original sense: that which has been kept secret, unknown, obscure; and which is revealed by devine revelation. When Daniel Allman meets a woman who believes herself to be an angel, as he does in 'The Angelic Mysteries', he is running smack into the most deeply held secrets of his own soul.

When Daniel meets Sarah a love story begins which might lead the reader to think this is a romance. One reviewer has already been left scratching her head wondering why there isn't more background given leading the reader to the romantic moment. Well, okay, that's called In Medias Res. It begins in the middle of things. When Gregor Samsa awoke in the moring to find himself turned into a giant vermon we don't necessarily get a lot of preparation either. It simply happens and we are left to figure out what it's all about.

Then, because a very bad pyschopath comes into the story - Morton Toombs - one might be led to believe this is a suspense-thriller. Well, yes, it is suspensful and it is thrilling, but there may be more to this bad man than a plot device to drive the story forward. I will quote here from the Prologue of 'The Last Temptation of Christ'. Kazantzakis writes, ""My principal anguish and the source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth onward has been the incessant, merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh. Within me are the dark immemorial forces of the Evil One, human and pre-human; within me too are the luminous forces, human and pre-human, of God - and my soul is the arena where these two armies have clashed and met."

Reader beware. There are powerful forces at work in this novella. If one chooses to read it as a mystery, so be it. If one chooses to read it as a romance or a thriller, read on. But if the reader stumbles into the treacherous deep and finds herself/himself clawing tooth and nail trying to get back out... well... don't blame me. You have been warned.
'The Angelic Mysteries'. Release date: August 18th, 2011. For more follow along on Facebook.

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