Jason Beacon swerved off a prescribed path to Law while young. He has had several mini-careers, including journalist, editor and labourer, and has been known to go missing in the former Soviet Union. He wrote The Absent Lord over 10 days whilst stuck in a tent above the snowline. It is his second not-exactly-a-novel. Very slightly less young, he now lives in London.
The President, The Terrorist & The Torturer
Fiction - thriller, metaphysical, philosophical
The President has been kidnapped. There will be no ransom – no negotiations. Either the President’s forces withdraw from the Terrorist’s lands or, in three days on the stroke of midnight, he will be executed on live TV.
Hiding out in a cave in the desert with his master and fellow kidnappers, Hassan believes the battle is almost won. Then, from the burning, empty plains a man in black appears. He carries only an antique dagger at his waist and a small golden bird in a cage. His purpose, he claims, is to help them in their mission. He has been sent by his master. And torture is his trade.
The Absent Lord
Fiction - satire, fairytale, personal development
Marcus Grool, everyman ordinaire, has lost his job. Now he’s about to lose his relationship, too – unless he agrees to a course of counselling. Reluctant but desperate, Marcus makes the call. When he meets unhinged old quack Dr Edmond Ummond, however, Fate’s cruel blows seem to have scored a hat-trick.
Dr Ummond is rude, acerbic and completely ignorant of dental hygiene. Worst, he’s fiendishly expensive. All the same, he cuts Marcus a deal – and if he wants to keep his girlfriend, the younger man can’t refuse. Besides, all Marcus has to do is listen to a crazy story about a Lord who leaves his castle. How hard can it be? What he will soon realise is that any who hears the tale of the Absent Lord is never the same again.
Satire, contemporary fairytale and personal journey, The Absent Lord delights and illuminates in equal measure. We don’t always need to dismantle our history – sometimes we just need a light to follow.
Coming September 2013