While I am waiting for my book Waking Dream: Devlin to be edited and republished, I’ve decided to start another novel, but this time explore a whole new genre — Southern Gothic. My Waking Dream series is dark fantasy, and though it is packed with philosophical exploration, it is fantasy. My new project, which is moving along rapidly, is called The Ageless Scholar. I’ve chose this particular genre because it seems fitting, given the state the world is in. It is time to explore the darkness that has pervaded our entire world, and perhaps by exposure, we can look at and within ourselves and try to change course, before its too late.
The story is that of a man born in 1867 on a plantation south of New Orleans who has discovered that he has stopped aging at 25 — It is a chronicle of his journey’s through time as he explores his own self, as well as tries to use his gift to impart wisdom through his writings and teachings, to stop the endless cycle of violence, racism, poverty and crime that has halted our social evolution.
Being motherless and essentially fatherless — having been taken from the womb of his mother moments after her death due to complications of the Yellow Fever epidemic that ravaged the Mississippi Valley in the mid to late 1800’s — he was raised by a servant who teaches him not only how to be a good man, but also the secrets of Louisiana Voodoo, and how he can use it to survive a fractured post-Civil War America — and his strange ageless condition.
I hope to have the book finished before the end of the summer. Anyone who enjoys a good tale with smatterings of the supernatural, as well as exploring social issues that plague our world, will hopefully enjoy this tale.