Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakens - Carl Jung
It was almost five years ago while journaling some ideas one evening that I noticed a novel beginning to emerge on the screen of my mind, and then onto the screen of my computer. At the time, I was simply illustrating an idea that came to me, but then the idea turned into an allegory, and then the allegory turned into someone's dream. It was ALIVE!
Prior to that, I had no thought or intention of writing a novel. And now, as I complete the first book while editing the remaining titles in the series, I find a fifth impinging upon my mind that wishes to tell the full story of this adventure. As its scribe, it seems I can hardly do otherwise, if only to find out what happens next.
Adventure, Fantasy, Philosophy, Spirituality and Romance
It's all there! It's hard to know how to categorize these narratives, and so I just call them fantasies with a message; in fact many messages on many levels. An engaging and surreal adventure that involves romance while exploring the mysterious Passage that leads beyond this earthly plane of existence. The novel is rather unique in that it contains hundreds of fascinating footnotes and quotes involving literature, physics and everything else you can imagine. You may read a sample of these posted in 'Quotes.'
The first book of the Elysium's Passage series, The Summit, involves a young British philosopher from London named James Philips, who has a near fatal fall while climbing towards the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes.
While his body remains in a coma, he awakens in an altered state of consciousness just before encountering two mysterious beings on the summit who have very different perspectives on the nature of reality. Before returning to his body in London a year later, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose, especially when finding the love that has always eluded him. The significance of these and other events continue to astound and even shock him at times, far beyond anything he could have ever dreamed or believed.
Like Nothing Else You've Ever Read
That's possibly a bit of an overstatement. But then, for some, maybe not. In fact, that's what one reviewer told me. Personally, I've never seen a book quite like this before, although I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. It's certainly not what I intended. But then, I didn't intend anything.
Some early reviews have considered it to be a strange brew of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Herman Hesse's Steppenwolf and Carlos Castaneda's Teachings of Don Juan. My first book's (premature) professional review compares its style and content to those of these three authors. See the post under 'Reviews.' Although there's plenty of deep discussion, there is also much action and humour throughout the series that may, hopefully, be considered entertaining.
I trust you will join the ascent as we, in the words of C.S. Lewis, venture 'further up and further in' through the Passage.
The Back Story
To properly tell how the series came about, I have written an eBook that explains the extraordinary events that inspired the series. The introductory segment is posted on this blog as How it Came.
While this disclosure may seem a bit startling to some, others may consider it the amusing fabrication of a madman. That may well be, still I'm not sure I could have made this up or why I would want to. In fact, it seems more a case of where the reality is stranger than the fiction it created. To better understand the context of the circumstances, the reader may wish to first read the post on Dr Jan Merta. It was through him that much of the inspiration came, even after his passing.
If you wish to read more about this intriguing back story, I invite you to visit my website at www.elysiumspassage.com where you may download this free ebook How it Came.
Pending Publications in the Elysium Passage Series
I anticipate the first book, The Summit, will be available for purchase this March. At this point it is being prepared for printing. With the exception of the last novel, the other three have been written but still require more editing before publication.
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE SUMMIT early 2018
SURREAL ADVENTURES fall 2018
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2019
THE ELIXIR fall 2019
THE RETURN sometime in 2020
The first book of the Elysium's Passage series will be released sometime next month in March.
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