I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the past year laying the groundwork for my upcoming thriller series that follows mathematician and history buff Nick Elliot and spiritual medium Lilith Keene as they take on the most interesting conspiracy theories.
I’ve always found conspiracy theories interesting, and in the Internet age there are so many conspiracy theories floating around that Nick and Lilith will be hard pressed to investigate them all. One of the things that make conspiracy theories interesting is the breadth and depth of the source material—if you can imagine it, there’s probably a conspiracy theory covering it. This also means that a lot of conspiracy theories sound, or actually are, pretty crazy. While conspiracy theories abound and are the subject of countless nonfiction books, I think fiction provides a better backdrop to explore some of the more plausible theories than yet another nonfiction tome.
Carved In Stone tackles the first conspiracy theory on my list; The Georgia Guide Stones. Erected anonymously by someone calling himself R. C. Christian in 1981 in Elberton, GA the Guide Stones have been a source of conspiratorial thinking for nearly 40 years. YouTuber and conspiracy author Mark Dice has made a number of videos as well as covering them in some of his books. While Mark makes some good points he, like most “conservative” authors who cover such things, tends to frame the argument in a Christian versus Satanist/Pagan/Occultist/Witch/Illuminati/NWO/… framework. I disagree with this assessment.
I am not saying that I dismiss the idea that the world elite desire to rule every aspect of our lives. Nor am I denying the interpretation of the Guide Stones in its desire to maintain the world population under 500 million. I think both of these are possible scenarios that need to be, and are discussed in Carved In Stone.
If we call the world’s elite citizens the NWO—New World Order—for lack of a better term, then I see little problem linking them with the modern incarnation of the Illuminati. The modern incarnation is, in my humble opinion, a mere fiction that serves to distract the more gullible our society has to offer. Where I take issue is lumping Satanists, Pagans, Occultists, and Witches in with the world’s elite—or even with each other.
A (theistic) Satanist is actually closer to the Catholic than he or she is to the Norse Pagan. European Pagans in general ignore the Christian god as well as any of the Christian demigods, and Satan fits the definition of demigod within the Christian mythos. Pagans and Witches share a closer relationship that any of the other categories, but they are not interchangeable.
This brings us to Occultists. As a mathematician, there were several time periods where I could have been accused of holding occult knowledge. St. Augustine goes so far as to accuse mathematicians of being in league with the devil. Again this obfuscates the issue at hand by casting the conversation in a Judeo-Christian light.
The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell. St. Augustine of Hippo
In Carved In Stone, I recast the narrative in which the Georgia Guide Stones exists asking the question; What if it’s not the Pagans and Witches in league with the NWO, but rather the Christians? By turning the conspiracy theory on its head, we are then free to explore a modern event—the construction of the Guide Stones—in the light of a greater historical mystery.
Carved In Stone will be released on April 30, 2018 in eBook format with the paperback edition available on May 15, 2018.