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Introducing: Python

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dear All,

We have reached 25 per cent funded! Thank you so much to you all for your generosity to this project.

As you will know, THE ARROW OF APOLLO is set in the legendary past. One of the things that has always interested me is: causes and consequences. What if Eris had been invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis? Then she would never have thrown down the golden apple, and would never have caused the Judgement of Paris; then Paris would have remained a shepherd until his due time to become a prince; and Helen would have stayed with her husband Menelaus, and there would have been no Trojan War.

One of the earliest Greek myths sees the god Apollo - who is often called the Lord of Light - fighting a being called Python, usually represented as a giant snake. There are many analogues for this: Perseus and the sea monster; George and the dragon; St Michael and the Devil, and the symbolism on one level is obvious. Apollo slays Python, and brings a kind of order to the world. But what if Python never died? What if Python, instead, slunk away, wounded, and hid, and lay in wait, biding his time until the power of the gods began to wane?

This is one of the ideas behind THE ARROW OF APOLLO: and in the novel, you'll see Python's dark powers massing, and terrible consequences beginning to happen...

Thank you all again,

Best wishes

 

Philip

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