Welcome to the Vault.
A place where old things lurk.
If you write for a while you can build up a stack of old, discarded pieces: poems which never quite made it, stories that petered out, articles that never quite made sense. I have a lot of that stuff: not world-shattering, but possibly mildly-interesting to one or two readers. I decided I might as well do something with them: so some of them may turn up here, in the Vault.
The material here in the Vault is free to download. If you enjoy reading it and would like to support my current writing projects then you can do that by Lighting the Lantern.
This dystopian romp follows Brother Daniel as he discovers the truth about the church, history and himself, in a satirical take on all the Da Vinci Code nonsense and the non-history on which the ‘revelations’ are based. Available in ePub and basic kindle formats (and a kindle previewer messed-about format).
The Warden’s Return
A novella in which three fictional, dead clergymen are sent back to earth to save Monkchester Cathedral from dissolution. Dates from 1984-1987. Available in ePub and basic kindle formats (and a kindle previewer messed-about format).
The Platonic Egg and Other Stories
Pretty much all the short stories I have ever written in one little ebook. They include adventures in metaphysics, an archaeological detective and a folk tale. Available in ePub and basic kindle formats (and a kindle previewer messed-about format).
The Histories of the Nine Kingdoms
A series of YA fantasy novels written in the late nineteen-eighties and early nineteen-nineties: tinkered with and and finally abandoned in 2007.
- The Carnival of Tyron. The first volume in the series. Available in ePub and basic kindle formats (and a kindle previewer messed-about format).
- The Scholasts of Arnelt. The unfinished second volume. Available in ePub and basic kindle formats (and a kindle previewer messed-about format).
- The Nine Kingdoms: a guide to the series, with outlines and development notes of unwritten volumes and notes on the chronology of writing the stories. Available in ePub and kindle formats.
Investigations in church history
Three research papers in church history covering:
- The Great Disappointment of 1844.
- The origins of the doctrine of the rapture.
- What happened to Zacchaeus after Jesus left Jericho.
Poems: Volume Minus Two
A volume of my first poems (1983-1990), most of them awful. Offered here as a lesson that bad poems can lead to good poems. Also a few biographical hints included. The title indicates the very ropey nature of the content.
Poems: Volume Minus One
A volume of poems from 1995-2008, which are significantly better than those in Volume Minus Two (above), proving the point that bad poems can lead to good poems.
Augustine’s City of God: an epitome
Augustine’s book The City of God is a key text for understanding the development of the church’s understanding of the relationship between church and state and was a foundation for much mediaeval thinking on the subject. It is a long book (1091 pages in the Penguin paperback edition). As preparation for a creative writing project I read it and took notes, chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book. I ended up with what the ancient world would have recognised as an epitome, which we might refer to as a précis: it still comes to a hundred pages. I have tidied up my rough notes so they are reasonably comprehensible and produced a PDF for download in case anyone wants to get an overview of the book before plunging in.
- The War of the Ring: a fantasy on (not of) Middle Earth (1,600 words).
Some legal stuff – just so we are clear
I retain the copyright and all rights for the material I make available in The Vault. For downloads I give you the right to download and read the files and to pass them on in exactly the same format as you receive them, with the same restrictions imposed on anyone who receives the file. You do not have any right to modify the files, or to rework or reuse the material which they contain.