Adrift in Amnesia is the debut novel by the artist and writer, Christopher Sharp. It fuses gritty realism and folklore amid a tragic love story involving a working-class boy, who takes a magical journey with a wizard and challenges the demon tormenting his mother. Molly is haunted by the death of Jacob’s father, a traumatic accident of which she too was a victim and yet she carries the burden of guilt. Being gradually weighed down over the years by PTSD and severe depression leads to a near-fatal suicide attempt under the dilapidated pier of Chelmswood. Molly is sectioned and Jacob is sent to live with his only remaining grandparent in the small village of St. Mary’s on Dartmoor. After standing up to bullies picking on a girl from his class, he is rescued by an older pupil, Holly. The mysterious letter she gives him sends him on a fantastic voyage! During his journey, he realises a sense of inner courage and becomes part of saving a magical world from its own threats to destroy it from within….
For centuries, the magical world of Cabras has been secretly observing and visiting our planet, via a thaumaturgic passageway known as the ‘Mysterium Vortex.’ A utopian land that lies across the distant stars at the heart of the Aurea Spiralis, which has long established a peaceful unity through the aid and ancient wisdom of its many dragons. It is a place that desperately hopes to help Earth achieve a similar state of harmony. Their watchful eyes send messages to a select few holding the virtues of honesty, creativity and love deep in their souls to embark on a journey of profound self-discovery. However, all is not what it seems and the Professor and the Oracle are concerned about a threat to destroy the unity of their beautiful world from within. As the demon captures his mother, a young boy would find himself entering the Cave with a mysterious companion, who together become destined to face their fears. From being stuck in the drab existence of a rundown coastal town, Molly and Jacob would soon see their fates entwined with a spiritual calling from beyond the constellations.
Adrift in Amnesia
© Copyright Christopher Sharp 2020. All rights reserved.
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Reading from the opening pages of chapter one: Aurea Spiralis
The Fields is a poem that opens chapter three: Reading, 1991
in perpetual night
to a magnificent sunrise
over endless green fields.
The sound of the river
travels through distant forests,
towards a road
reaching beyond the clouds,
descending the vastness
of skies overlooking
great stillness amid
a palette of infinite
hues ever changing,
pierces deep within
to unlock hidden doors
opening on new vistas,
beneath a chorus
in full voice
among the trees,
if only for a moment
walking eternal fields
© Christopher Sharp
The Butterfly is a poem that opens chapter five: Molly’s Dream
Butterfly, lying still upon the ground
Colours of a spirit meek as profound
I wonder, did you see normality
While flying over grey reality?
Your wings bid farewell to their flutter
Their colours a swan song as you exit the shroud
Away from this affluence which surrounds
Return to the whole elusive yet all around
Your stillness embodies a symbol of heaven
As from the earth you emerge into flight
Like a soul so pure and free but what becomes
Of your colours as you fall towards the night?
My search for answers brings forth storms
Raging through the underworld’s myths and illusions
Phantasmagoria’s shadows leave me forlorn
As I try to make sense of the dark’s intrusion
Bright colours of the world fall out of my dreams
As your soul departs through the seams of your wings
Butterfly, were you pilot or passenger
When obfuscated as a rainbow glider?
© Christopher Sharp
Extract from chapter eight: Flight of the Firekyma
Unity of Kana, pah! My aim is to dissolve unity in favour of a new way of doing things! I envision a world dominated by contrivances; indurate highways, gaudy signs, obnoxious messages and poisoned food profiting an all-pervading influence little more than a scam! I intend to install a superior ruling order based on fear, division and condemnation, shackled by a method of exchange where freedom becomes a contradictory illusion. I will transform the majority of witches and wizards into a means to supplement lines of automata controlled by a select few obeying me without question! I will tear down the New Forest to make way for avarice. Subsumed into the condescension of privilege, imagination will follow suit – no more Magical Theatres, I want picture theatres! Giant screens will play host to egos made conformists by the vapid decadence I bestow upon them. Propagandising my vision, select enchanters will promote endless trite, while hypocritically portraying themselves as opposed to my rule. Idolised by millions beneath them, they will idiotically revel in the rectitude of sharing a bed with power presiding over systems of information cutting out eyes of the masses! No more staffs and wands! I will develop new spellbinding objects into which all attention will become directed and controlled. Minds will become collectively numbed by the interminable bombardment of a repugnant narcissism soaked in endless vitriol. I will create a world of soul-sucking mediocrity worshipping the mundane in the palm of its hand! Dazzled by lies, endless squabbling and perpetual banality, Cabrans will become ardent followers of my creation, while others will become its enemy; wars will rage and neither will know what is true … that I control ALL!!!
© Christopher Sharp