Friday, December 23, 2016

Prester John: Discursions for Restive Readers

As I posted last week, the serialization of "Prester John" is on a short hiatus (the conclusion of Chapter 10 will be posted on January 6). In the meantime, I promised some hints of things to come; so if you happen to be a dedicated fan of the adventures of Lucius Pius, and can't wait another two weeks without having some element of his story to sink your teeth into...well, sadly, you're probably nonexistent. But in the slim chance that there is such an uncommon fanatic of unpublished rough drafts out there, here's a few things to whet your appetite until the return of Chapter 10.

First, it might interest you to know that I've settled on a working title for the book. "Prester John" is really a series title, since, if this novel turns out somewhat decently, I may write several more installments in the series, each telling a story from a different period of Christian history (but all of which will follow the developing identity of the "Prester John" character). This book, the first in the series, now has the working title Prester John and the Brigand King.

Now, if you're scratching your head and thinking, "Wait...unlike most of Matt's novels, there hasn't even been a single brigand in this one!"...well, the story of Lucius Pius is about to take an interesting turn. (And, by the way, if you're a fan of stories about brigands, read my old novel A Flame in the Night, because it has brigands galore.) I'll give you a sneak peek at where this story is headed, but it will take some detective work on your part, because all I'm giving you is a reference: Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Book 3, Chapter 23. And if, after you find and read that, you still can't get enough of the patristic connections in my book, check out these ancient documents for a look at one of the very-historically-real characters in my story: The Martyrdom of Polycarp and the Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians.

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