The Art of the Storyteller video series

We are soon to be returning with our popular Art of the Storyteller video series. For the time being, we are sharing our most popular episode to whet your appetite;

Art of the Storyteller – Episode 6 

Love. Passion. Excitement. Drama. Engagement.

These are things which can turn your writing from a collection of words into a Story! Make it something you loved writing and are proud of to something which people will love reading and want more of. Of course we are writing for ourselves and writing a style we love but we do want it to sell right? We want to see our vision on the Silver Screen or the TV at least. We don’t write it to leave in a drawer somewhere to desintegrate do we?

No, Alan we do not, we would love ot achieve success with it and have lots of people read and love it like we do! You have many ways to create these but here are a couple;

Fight or pursuit scenes. How can you use style, skill and language to create tension, draw them in and make them want to know how your scene ends. How can you create that ‘edge of the seat’ feeling?

Tension Building Scenes; when the reader has a good idea what is going to happen but you ‘lead them down the garden path’ in a way where they are no longer sure or don’t know HOW it is going to happen.

Death Scenes; If you have not built up a character as interesting and complete, will they care if that character dies? Can you build your scene so that, at least, a tear is shed and a heart flutters? Can you, through your passion and love cause them to feel it?

Conflict Scenes; When two or more protagonists hold vastly or only slight variations of viewpoint and that difference is either a point of conflict or pivotal part of story. Here, dialogue will likely be your friend, internal dialogue also, perhaps.

This is the hardest part that, I believe, no-one can teach because you have to feel it, you have to present it and give them a reason to engage, to emote and to be pulled into the narrative. Today I will be doing things a little differently than I have, with a reading from a key scene in my ultra-secret collaborative project.

A scene entitled “The Fall of Atlantis.” This is an example of a tension and a sort of death scene. It involves sympathy, perhaps, for someone who should really deserve none. It involves a twist of perception and an idea turned on it’s head. The idea of a sympathetic villain and why he chose to act as he did; how he got so angry and twisted up and who he had around as his only allies left to influence him. He’s effectivelty the First Villain too… How can you do this in your writing? More news and reveals on this exciting project to come but look into the style and my perhaps slightly rusty delivery and acting skills. (Alan’s acting skills could perhaps use some work but he’s trying! He has no plans to become an actual actor so don’t worry..he shall not inflict singing on you next so relax) coming soon.

Get ready for some huge changes to the website and also to existing books with the dawn of this new year. I have some very exciting and unexpected big changes coming.   The text I was reading can be found HERE
for those of your who would like to follow along. I made a couple of corrects and changes as I went along; hence my occasional long pauses.

This is a DRAFT not a final one either so there are errors in it. That’s why my project remains TOP SECRET because I am far from having it in presentable form. This is a hint and only here for illustrative purposes. No critique of spelling or word choices please (or observations of me diverging from the text, it is MY text so I can!) as this is a firmly WIP. Enjoy anyway if you like. The essence is true and measurable emotion and we will talk about that in the attached video. How can your words make others feel and how can you make your story huge. By appealing to people’s feelings. The Chronicles of Enoch : Darkness Within is coming soon.

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Reconstruction of A Shattered History

“History shattered. It was the only thing that could give. Very strange event. There were cracks left all over the place. The… oh, I can’t remember the words… the fastenings that tell bits of the past which bits of the present they belong to, they were flapping all over the place. Some got lost for ever…”

Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time.

This was, perhaps, the area of research which simultaneously offered the greatest challenges and most intriguing opportunities.

The deeper we dug, the further back we looked, the more we realised that a lot of what is considered “established historical fact” is so much guesswork, gossip, and what we might call ‘fake news’ in this age.

We all know the saying that “history is written by the victors” and we know this is true. The apocalypse of the Mayans, the holocaust of the Native Americans, the genocide of Columbus; history tried to hide those stories from us but failed in the end. Sooner or later, it seems, the Truth will turn up, mopping its brow and muttering something about the traffic.


A Hole on History

There is a great deal of History we know nothing about, that we make educated guesses, make educated stab in the dark (first establishing with what to attempt said stabbing and the correct intensity of darkness to attempt to at least wound), hold fingers of investigation to the wind, and so forth.

Up until quite recently, your average person want to school and was taught what we could call the consensus version which, obviously, they accepted without question. Then most people get on with their adult lives after school and leave history well alone. Those who maintain an interest or take history as a profession tend to not attract too wide an audience.

Those ‘In the business’ know which way the trench is dug (or better said, the budget granted) so keep their mouths shut about ‘the secret’, wouldn’t you?

The simple fact is that a lot of the historical record was commited to perishable materials because that’s all they had available at the time. Of the vast cache of documents recovered from Qumran in 1947, it is said that at least one third were used as fuel before someone told the shepherd those foreigners paid a fortune for that stuff.

So much could have been lost that way, or been sequestered away in private collections, locked away in the fabled Vatican Archives or similar hidden vault of Forbidden Knowledge.

We know that many Mayan books and scrolls were burned as “heresy”, Aztec monuments defaced. Early Islamic expansion contributed to the destruction of ‘haram’ or unholy items such as stuff the priests didn’t like or that disagrees with what kept them in nice clothes and palaces.

The library of Constantinople contained a lot of what was saved or recovered from the fire that destroyed the Library of Alexandria centuries before. In 1204 AD., the Library was burned to the ground by crusaders and, we hear, nothing survived.

How much history was lost due to ignorance, war, ideology, brazen stupidity and, perhaps, a bit of intent?

Stitching it Up

The possible irony of that heading is indeed intentional, thank you for noticing…

When it comes to studying the history I needed to in order to properly research both The Chronicles of Enoch and Hegemony, a lot of information was missing. The main source of material, The Bible (various versions), translations of the Torah and midrash, the Qur’an and other works, ancient codices, the Book of Enoch itself, and numerous works of ‘uncertain canonicity’ (apophryca etc).

I noticed a lot of missing information, contradictions, plot holes, and explanations lacking.

Now, I know Sir Terry’s works are as fictional as ours are (we think) but we wonder sometimes…we’ve often heard of something called ‘parallel creativity’; inspiration coming from…ah…somewhere else and fiction accidentally reporting reality. Sir Terry mentioned something called ‘unwritten books’ and has a magical library containing books that haven’t yet been written, implying that information can, perhaps, persist and ‘leak’ as it were.

We wonder whether some of this information and history was intentionally repressed and hidden as The Chronicles of Enoch assert. Has history been filled with individuals or groups that do not want the truth reported; not just Lucifer (and through him, The Vatican and other Church organisations) but others too? In The Chronicles, we have the Unknown Men, the Illuminati, and others we’ll stay quiet about for now.

Hidden History?

Each one of these organisations has an agenda and aims as well as being very keen to hide their existence from the world at large. 

In The Chronicles, we have the example of The Hidden War of 79AD. The world’s greatest Heroes gathered in Meggido valley to face down a horde of monstrous Nephilim led by Lucifer and his Horsemen. Sable, Conan, and Gilgamesh led the charge and, though countless heroes of legend were killed in the battle, Lucifer’s forces were decisively broken; two Horsemen were defeated and the others fled.

The world, however, did not end and the forces of Heaven were conspicuously absent. Everyone, except for the dead, simply pretended that the battle never happened. Asmodeus erased even the vaguest of references regarding the battle from history. They existed, of course, there had been mortals present in the fifty-thousand strong Army of Heroes, there were witnesses, there were armaments and weapons as well as bodies left behind. A great many of those bodies did not look even close to human; there were giants, orcs and goblins, beast-men, and dragons among them and their bones decorated the Meggido valley.

The scale of the operation he mounted in the 1960’s, the disinformation, the sequestration of both information and remains, the neutralisation of those that couldn’t be ‘financially convinced’, and the practical rewriting of some history books is almost impossible to imagine but he did it.

Fragmented accounts remain in folklore, mythical accounts of Heroes, strange legends, they are even encoded in the “Approved Modern Version” of the Book of Revelation. It is odd to think that the great Battle of Armageddon there mentioned refers to an actual historical event rather than a future one or (as many today claim) a more allegorical struggle.

The account in Revelation is said to have been Asmodeus’ greatest gamble and success simultaneously.


History is written by the victor and the most powerful; money and threats have made inconvenient pieces of the historic record disappear almost as well as accidental occuraces such as fire and misapplied zealotry can.

We know there are parts missing, we see repetions, fixes, and inventions applied over some of the holes and rarely do people question them. One has to be looking in order to spot the important ommissions and fabrications. One has to pay attention to the stories and folk tales for explanations at times, the evidence that should be there at others.

Sometimes the evidence or information is glaring in its absence.

We are not talking about those shows seen on a certain channel sharing a name with the field we keep mentioning. We are not talking conspiracy this time, we’re making logical and educated forays into what is so obviously there.

Or, of course, obviously not there but has left a hole like a missing jigsaw piece will…you can imply its shape in its absence.

Maybe not all of our fictional history is as fictional as we think it is…

Gilgamesh – The Great Sumerian

The Chronicles of Enoch deals with events surrounding the Biblical Flood quite extensively. Enoch himself is, Noah’s grandfather so it is hard to avoid the topic or deny its existence without departing rather seriously from the source material, as it were.
The entire story of Atlantis and the Nephilim is based, somewhat, on real scientific evidence that shows there could well have been a serious flood around 8.5 thousand years ago. This event drowned Conan’s home of Doggerland, as well as some other recently discovered sites. It stands to reason that it was a significant event. Significant enough to bring the Fall of Atlantis?
As we investigated and researched further, we found that the Judeochristian Bible is not the only scripture that documents a massive flood. We found and enjoyed reading the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was clearly indicating an event of similar magnitude to Noah’s story. That was interesting in quite a number of ways.

Then, we discovered there are, actually, quite a lot of what are called “Flood Myths” from one side of the world to the other; from Mesoamerica to China; India to Hawaii.
We wondered about this. We have scientific evidence of a drastic increase to sea levels around 6500 B.C, we have archeological evidence of a drowned series of villages between Britain and mainland Europe, we have other curious ruins in the ocean around the world. A flood surely did happen and it affected a lot of people…
The Chronicles of Enoch is all about finding what truth there is behind the old myths and stories so this sounded like perfect ground for us to tread.

The Epic of Gilgamesh
In summary, Gilgamesh is a great king who is described as “greater than other kings” as well as “Two-thirds god and one third man” across the surviving cunieform tablets we have recovered and decoded. He travels and has many adventures with his friend Enkidu. When the former unexpectedly dies, Gilgamesh becomes obsessed with his own mortality and seeks out the the sage Utnapishtim to learn the secret of immortality. It is said that this sage has lived unchanged for a very long time and is rumoured to have dwelt with the gods.

Now, here versions vary. Either Gilgamesh learns and succeeds at applying the secret and becomes as a god himself or he fails by following the typical hero formula. You know the one; the hero is told to not do one thing and, rather stupidly, does that exact same thing at the very first opportunity he gets. We decided to go with the idea that Gilgamesh is Nephilim, just as Conan is.

After this, we get other conflicting tales; either Gilgamesh built the city of Uruk and, knowing that a great Flood was coming, built the walls strong and tall to protect his people behind or he discovered the Uruk Utnapishtim had built for the same reason and became king thereof.

We thought; we have Enoch, a man who was taken to dwell with his God and, in a fashion, gained eternal life. He lived in an isolated cave for a long time and was visited by many people from all around the world. He survived the Flood and was the grandfather of the man chosen to be forewarned by The Creator. The same man through whom the human race was both saved and redeemed for a time.

Now, we know that all stories are true, for a given value of truth at least, or they start that way. So, why could Enoch not be Utnapishtim and it be him who advised Gilgamesh on the need to reinforce his city walls. He also told Gilgamesh about his heritage and that he really had no reason to worry about dying any time soon, unless he did something stupid that is.

We’d like to think that Enoch, not overly impressed by Gilgamesh’s great arrogance at the time, decided to teach the big Sumerian a lesson just because he could.

Either way, we could not leave Gilgamesh out of our story seeing as his epic is the first concordance we found.

So Gilgamesh, having survived the Flood, decides to leave Uruk and seek out Sable before people start to get uncomfortable about the fact that he refuses to age. He names an heir and vanishes into History.

Gilgamesh in The Chronicles

So, after numerous and unrecorded adventures along the way, Gilgamesh finds Sable around the vicinity of Moab along with Enoch. They travel together to what will one day be Britain and meet Conan there. Together, they form a band of adventuring misfits and have even more adventures that nobody took the time to write down. Sooner or later, they drifted apart and settled into their own lives and interests, as so often happens in long-term friendships.

Everyone except Enoch, it seems, eventually ended up in America.

Today Gilgamesh goes by the name of Kamesh Gil (he learned of the the Siddi while travelling the river Ganges on a small pilgrimage and, irrespective of his obvious African heritage, always wanted to be Indian) and has worked his way up in the ranks of the Atlanta Police Department. He started on the streets but fast showed an aptitude for accurate long distance shooting. His trainers recommended he attend East Point in Georgia to receive SWAT and Sniper training.

He excelled at both and made quite a name for himself among the law enforcement community. Maybe it was Enkidu’s unexpected death or his love of Indian spirituality but Gilgamesh has a deep and powerful reverence for life. He is loth to be the reason for its ending, quite a strange contradiction for a sniper, you might think.
Gilgamesh explains it simply and directly, as is his habit;

“If I wanted to kill a lot of people, I’d have joined the army as sniper, not the cops. In the War in Russia, I killed a lot of people but that isn’t me any more.”
He joined the police to save lives, not to end them.

Officer Kamesh Gil holds the SWAT sniper record for the longest distance wounding of a dangerous terrorist. Said terrorist suffered no permanent effects from the shot and resides at the American People’s pleasure to this very day in a facility very few people know about.

However, his reverence for life does not extend to cover his fellow Nephilim whom he believes to be an abomination and a crime against nature. This would, of course, also apply to him and his friends but, like Sable, Gilgamesh is good at turning his self-loathing outwards.

Quite on his own, it would seem, Gilgamesh discovered the secrets of the Anathema stones. He learned how to carve, shape, and channel them. He learned of what they could do and how to make them do it better. He discovered that, to the Fallen and the Nephilim, the Anathema were both a boon and a bane; it depended on the circumstance.
After some near-disasterous experimentation, he invented God-killer bullets.

One shot from his customised Mosin-Nagant rifle (said to have been a gift from the great Vasily Zaitsev himself) and any Fallen or Nephilim with his sights is dead and will permanently stay that way. A Fallen’s spirit can not leave their current host as it dies, something in the Anathema, together with the mixture of elements Gilgamesh uses, locks them inside the body and they die with it. These bullets will disable a Nephilim’s powers, at least temporarily. Isochronal regeneration is, at least, retarded by being shot with a God-killer.

Most Nephilim fear Sable but all of them live in terror of one day falling under Gilgamesh’s crosshairs. You can at least talk or negotiate with Sable but Gilgamesh? You don’t even see Gilgamesh coming.

Gilgamesh manufactures his own bullets in a workshop under his house just outside of Atlanta. He has spent a lot of his time and his pay on building a rather high-tech laser engraving and cutting system that is itself powered by Anathema stones. Sable gave him quite a lot of the crystals after Gilgamesh saved his life in Russia during WW2. If Gilgamesh has another source of the unbelievably rare element, then he is not telling anyone about it.
Everyone thought that Lucifer controlled the world’s supply of the stuff but it would appear that everyone might be wrong.
Gilgamesh has always been an enigma, even to his friends. Oh, he is loyal and will do anything you need but he has that closed-in and tacturn nature that even those closest to him struggle to breach.
His secrets, it would seem, are very much his to keep and, though he has never threatened them with such, those who know him well are well aware that pushing him on some matters is not the wisest of decisions, even for them.
Even Sable knows when to respect his big friend’s privacy for, althought Gilgamesh is mostly gentle like most big people (he is 6’8″ tall and heavily built) are but there is a rage in him Sable recognises only too well.