“If Carlos Castaneda, Terence McKenna, P.D. Ouspensky, Michel De Montaigne, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, Joe Coleman, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Nietzsche, Thomas Lynch, Neil Young, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, The Alphabet Man, Vlad the Impaler, Timothy Leary, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bill Hicks, Shannon Hoon, Lady Cottington, E.M. Cioran, M.C. Escher, Joseph Campbell, Albert Camus and Groucho Marx were all thrown into a windowless room with chainsaws, swords, kitchen weaponry and quills, Josh Bertetta’s “The Story of the Four” would surely be it’s enlightened, diabolical and truth-seeking spawn.”–Jonathan Hirschbein, Winner Best Screenplay, Temecula International Film Festival
“Myths are clues to humankind’s spiritual potential,” said Joseph Campbell.
Student of CG Jung and father of archetypal psychology James Hillman wrote: “Myths do not ground, they open…[their] role…is…to open to the questions of life to transpersonal and culturally imaginative reflection” while the study of myth “enables one to perceive and experience the life of soul mythically.”
The Story of the Four, my first novel, is myth. Not a myth, but myth.
The Story of the Four is metaphor.
At the surface an epic action adventure, The Story of the Four invites its readers to go deeper and in going deeper, to reflect and in reflecting, to engage in that critical movement of soul.
And like Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, it is mythopoetic, but where Tolkien and Lewis made use of northern European mythologies and the Christian tradition, I do not limit myself to such. Moreover, a multi-character work like A Song of Fire and Ice, it is, in addition, international in scope and thus is not limited in use the mythic and religious/spiritual traditions as are the classic epics.
When Bill Moyers asked Joseph Campbell about future myths, he replied “The only myth worth thinking about is the one about the planet and everybody on it.”
International and thus multicultural, The Story of the Four is precisely this myth.
When I entered the blogosphere in March 2014 I did so with the intent of posting excerpts of my novel with the desire to share my writing with, as well as, to connect with others. But like a dream, it soon morphed into something else and I, a cultural mythologist and professor of Religious Studies, found myself writing essays on myth, religion, and culture.
Maybe fantasy is not your thing. Maybe you want to take a little bit of time, sit and read, and reflect. If so, you’ve come to the right place, for in addition to excerpts from my novel, my blog features a wide array of thought provoking, perspective challenging, and horizon broadening essays.
If you’re here for fantasy that breaks the mold and bucks modern trends, click on “The Story of the Four” above.
If you want to engage your mind and maybe challenge your thinking, click on “Engaging Essays.”
For an introduction to both, click on the page titles themselves. Then hover over and choose the page you’d like to explore.
In addition to such, my blog includes a new interest of mine–flash fiction–and as an amateur photographer, my personal garden photos.
Of course I’d love it if you clicked on them all, shared with your friends, click “like,” gave a rating, and/or add a comment, sharing your perspectives.
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