The Inferno (c1998) is a 43,000 word novel about
a young shaman on another planet. His discovery
of a secret society evokes memories of previous
lives as a magician and brings him in contact with
an old enemy. Alone and hunted, he is tempted
to unleash dark forces to fight his enemies.
I wrote The Inferno between 1990 and 1998.
I chose to publish it here because it is too
short for the fantasy market, and because
my web art project has roots in this novel.
The subject of both is states of consciousness.
One early reader, a parapsychology researcher,
read The Inferno three times in one week.
Another early reader said it changed her life.
I began work on my Inferno in Verona (Wisconsin).
On the day I chose "The Inferno" as my title,
I subsequently arrived at the library where I worked
and found two copies of Dante's Inferno on my desk,
a new copy and a worn out copy that needed replacing.
This was the first of hundreds of Dante-related
dreams and coincidences or synchronicities in my life.
Only one piece of mine was ever featured in a show.
An early Goddess piece made its way, on its own,
to a featured spot in a window of the Lincoln Center.
This was in 2000, the year a flurry of Dante-related
coincidences prompted me to begin thinking about
making his work the subject of some of my art.
I later learned that there is a Dante Park and statue
directly across the street from the Lincoln Center.
In 2000 I sent several chapters of my Inferno novel
to an editor for review. While she had them, a friend of hers,
who knew nothing about me or my Inferno, wrote a short story for
her as a birthday present. It was about a person in the future
who possessed the world's last copy of Dante's Inferno.
My improbable Dante synchronicities continue to this day.
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