It’s been too long since I last posted an update, but I have been busy working on a number of fiction titles based on many of the ideas and issues discussed in Saturn Death Cult.
For those of you who have taken the time to wade through SDC’s more alarming themes and conclusions and found you wanted more, then you might be pleased to explore some of my speculative fiction which deals with issues such as ritual murder, elite trans-humanism and assorted skulduggery within our hidden elites. It’s all pure fiction, but I think readers of SDC will be able to read between the lines . . .
For those of you interested in the culture that connects intelligence agencies to mind control projects, tech-based trans-human evolution and international paedophile networks, I would recommend my novella Drosselmeyer, a post-modern anti-surrealist take on the spy genre . . .
If taking a look into a possible nightmarish future is more your thing, then my new graphic novel Salvage Zone 1 may be more your cup of tea – if you like comic-style surrealism and general sci-fi weirdness.
I’ve written a small article giving some of my ideas for taking this step into fiction which I’m re-posting here:
“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.” Franz Kafka
As an aspiring writer with a background in film and music production, my first effort in self-publishing was the ebook The Saturn Death Cult (2011), a heavily illustrated non-fiction work written in the ‘intuitive’ style and aimed at the alternative research market. It was in this book that I first introduced readers to the many seemingly bizarre themes later explored in my subsequent fictional and graphic novel works.
The radical and controversial cosmology found in Saturn Death Cult and its prequel Cosmos in Collision (2013) serves as a distant backdrop for many of the Kafkaesque ‘conspiracy’ elements touched upon in my spy novella Drosselmeyer and the futuristic graphic novel Salvage Zone 1. It isn’t necessary to read Saturn Death Cult to appreciate my fictional work, but it can help for those needing a reference point.
Drosselmeyer and Salvage Zone 1 mark the beginnings of what I call my ‘Inner City Cycle’; a growing collection of related fictional works set against the existence of an ancient evil called the Inner City; my fictional name for the infamous Mystery Babylon first introduced in Saturn Death Cult.
Writing a cycle of related fiction stories in differing genres will hopefully allow me to explore the Inner City Cycle’s central premise from a number of different angles. However, it’s probably fair to ask if doing this simply makes me another ‘conspiracy theory’ peddler with yet another conspiracy to sell?
For me, ‘conspiracy’ is just another word for ‘plot’―but I realise it is a heavily loaded word. With this in mind, I have found that people are, at the same time, fascinated by, and yet highly polarised by anything to do with conspiracies; they are wary of the ‘baggage’ that can surround plots based on a ‘conspiracy theory’―and they hate that annoying ‘preachy’ tone some fiction stories succumb to in their effort to sell a given conspiracy plot as plausible.
On the other hand, whether stories are centred around criminal conspiracies, political conspiracies, or even love conspiracies, I have also found that people enjoy reading them due to the inherent conflict associated with the very idea of ‘conspiracy’―and the more plausibly weird the conspiracy, the more juicy the conflict.
For me, the decision to extend myself into the fictional world comes from a belief that there is much more to a good ‘conspiracy theory’ tale than the basic plot behind the conspiracy itself. The sensationalism generated by a new and credible conspiracy can quickly give way to a sense of overfamiliarity when the conspiracy becomes the sole premise for the story. This ‘apathy’ can take place no matter how outlandish or astonishing the conspiracy itself may be!
In my opinion, the best way to appreciate a ‘conspiracy theory’ (true or fictional) is to grasp its environment―the atmosphere in which the conspiracy thrives―and this is best done through the eyes of those we see touched by conspiracy. Ideally, the conspiracy itself should be the music to which our story’s main characters dance―not the dance itself.
For this reason I have become interested in using fiction to explore the oppressive atmosphere that often surrounds the reality of ‘conspiracy’ in all its forms and sensationalist wonder. I believe readers are more interested in how different people react to a conspiracy rather than in the way they discover what the conspiracy actually is. This is why I have written books like Drosselmeyer and Salvage Zone 1: to further illustrate in much richer ways some of the more disturbing ideas first put forward in Saturn Death Cult.
It’s my hope you enjoy the fictional worlds brought to you by the Inner City Cycle of stories. More titles are on the way―Saturn Death Cult and Cosmos in Collision have opened up such a vast array of possibilities for new and darkly exciting stories that I feel the cycle could well be limitless . . .
. . . Maybe you too will be inspired to add your own vision as to what lurks within the Inner City Cycle?
Thanks for reading.
Troy D. McLachlan