Published by Fizz Books, my own publishing vehicle.
These are inspired by the idea that storytelling talks to the heart. Mine are meant to do what parables do– act like the smell of coffee, drawing us to find the source. These books use comic fantasy tropes to speak of the human soul as a landscape-in-progress, alternately nurtured, pillaged and blitzed.
Paradise – a Divine Comedy
You think you’ve got problems.
My favourite restaurant closed down. My girlfriend left. A bad-tempered lawyer named Keziah crashed her car into mine. And we couldn’t even die properly.
Paradise turned out to be a cage in the heavens where evil spirits market-tested new temptations, where everyone could see our memories, and where we were stuck forever.
A snake with a personality disorder offered us a way out. The trouble was, it meant facing up to the worst problem of all: Myself.
Paradise — a divine comedy is a disorderly romp through death, life, dodgy restaurants and redemption.
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In the same series….
The Wheels of the World
ISBN 978-0-9565010-1-1 (paper)
Thanks to a near-death experience, Jamie Smith can commute between earth and the heavens, where souls swim, ideas grow and improbable dollops of joy fall through the sky.
Jamie and his scary colleague Keziah have been recruited into an eccentric organization that tries to fix broken souls and change the course of history. Which is fine, except Jamie isn’t too sure about the health of his own soul—and definitely doesn’t want to find out.
He’d rather be working for The Department, the heavenly bureaucracy that plans the future universe and offers a 30-hour working week, enviable employee benefits, and a tennis-skirted line manager named Anna-Natasha.
As Jamie’s problems mount, dark forces close in, and time runs out, he’s left with a decision: if he’s fleeing from himself, which way should he run?
The Wheels of the World is a comedy about how we change on the inside.
The Sump of Lost Dreams
Thanks to a near-death experience, Jamie Smith can commute across dimensions to the heavens, home of the invisible machinery behind our world.
Along with his scary colleague Keziah Mordant, he has been recruited into an eccentric organization that tries to change things on earth by fixing and steering broken souls through the many hazards of the heavens: bad moods, clouds of anxiety, vortexes of self-loathing.
Mark Bright, Keziah’s delicious new boyfriend, is trying to set up a cafe and homelessness hub on earth. In the heavens, evil spirits plot to destroy it, and at the same time plot to send Jamie and Keziah into the celestial sewer system, The Sump of Lost Dreams.
Helped in the battle by the prophet Jonah and an ancient female physicist, Jamie and Keziah visit the souls of two town planners, patch up some old sinners, try to outwit some very stupid beings, fight each other, a lot, and even argue with the Personification of Divine Wisdom.
Along the way, Keziah fears being found out by happiness and Jamie goes on a circular tour of the foods of Southeast Asia.
The Sump of Lost Dreams is about when you think you’ve lost everything, you might be right.
Reviews of Paradise
I won this book from the site and absolutely loved it. A hysterical surrealist take on what is out there after life on earth, or next to life on earth, or simultaneous with life on earth, or whatever. A story of Gods in kilts, crystal clear memories, and walls made of our pixelated fears. Delightful. (4 stars) Jeannette M, Goodreads
I also won Paradise in the goodreads competition…and I am really glad that I did. I didn’t love the first chapter since it threw a bit too much weird at you all at once (penguins which pull your soul around are an example). After that, the story got going and was really enjoyable! Sometimes you want to hit the main character on the back of the head and tell him to stop being a wuss, but how would you react if you had to build a paradise controlled by some used-car-salesman-style gods? If you like quirky and surreal stories about the afterlife, then I would highly recommend Paradise. (4 stars) Katie Webb, Goodreads
A superb rollercoaster of a story; loved every minute! Phil Groom of the Christian Bookshops Blog
So hilariously funny! I’ve already started reading the next one. I would highly recommend this to just about anyone.‘ (five stars) Stewartc85 on Goodreads
Myers is a great writer and his style is terrific… this was a great book Martin Gibbs Amazon.com, Goodreads.
What a great book! Loved the characters, the creativity, the dialogue, the imaginative idea of evil spirits keeping humans as pets, the insightful lines: ‘a creative, radical thinker, but not a creative, radical doer’,for one example; the image of the rain of God’s mercy, …. There is much to think about beyond the story itself and the book gives a delightfully comic but definitely insightful look into the human psyche and soul. It’s a mark of a good book (for me, at least) when I look forward to picking it up again to read and am slow to put it down. I loved every aspect of it. I was given Paradise by a friend who knows I enjoy good lwriting. I have to say that any book which keeps me reading the next chapter because I’ve become absorbed in the characters and the unfolding story is a book well worth reading. This is one of those books. I look forward to the sequel. (4 stars) S Sutton, Amazon.com
Loved the plot, the characters, the dialogue, the pace, the suspense, the surprises, the imagery, the metaphors, the depth, and the meaning. And I laughed a lot. It is really wonderful. Kenny Parker
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