Publisher: The New York Literary Society
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
2009 Book of the Year Nominee - ForeWord Magazine
After a lifetime of self-medicating fails and life finally begins its tilt toward self-destruction, Jodi - a 25-year-old writer nursing the psychological lacerations of being a "rape-child" - meets, through dreams, a special five-year-old boy who shows him how the pair may move across parallel universes to fulfill their universal purpose. As they travel, they encounter creatures on different planes of consciousness that are responsible for specific social and moral ailments impacting and pressing mankind's evolution to ill-fated ends. In short time the boy makes an astounding revelation: that there exists, on separate universal planes, two omnipotent and infinite Gods - one created by the sheer force of mankind's collective beliefs; the other, the Source of all things. The man-made anomaly, the child asserts, must be destroyed. But, who or what is the child?
Anathema Rhodes: Dreams chronicles three days in the life of Jodi Rhodes, and the final days of humanity - as we know it.
The literary techniques "maypoling" and "vertical storytelling" are employed in this work. These techniques are designed by the author to enhance the surreality of the characters' mental and emotional experiences.
Maypoling is the rearrangement of words of the latter of two consecutive sentences so that the latter sentence adds color and mood to the former while borrowing its words to affirm or deny its existence. Vertical storytelling is the italicizing of words at the end of select sentences to remind the reader of a consequential moment in the narrative without adjusting the mechanics of the story to allow lengthy and potentially distracting text.
"Love changes things; hope allows us to endure until the change arrives.", from "Anathema Rhodes"