Call of the Harbinger Influences Part I

James Murphy’s life is forever changed when he discovers that the apocalyptic dreams he’s having are being experienced all over the world. 

Call of the Harbinger is my first published work, a science fiction novelette with elements of cosmic horror.

The book’s been out on Amazon Kindle for almost two months now, and I’ve spoken about it a lot on social media, done advertisement campaigns, and talked about its strengths and weaknesses with those that read it, both friends and strangers. But, something I haven’t discussed, are some of the things that inspired the story.

Back in 2012, I’d just finished writing a laborious 100,000 word space opera manuscript that would be doomed to sit on my hard drive while I attempted to find the drive to edit it. I began exploring short fiction ideas, and one late night (or early morning) I was listening to a radio show on the Mayan Calendar. You remember that, right? The whole doomsday conspiracy theory that the end of the world was going to happen on December 21st 2012 – or something to that effect, I can’t remember the exact date. It was all over the news, the internet, social media, radio shows, etc. This wasn’t the first doomsday prediction, and it wouldn’t be the last, but it sparked a fascination with the pervasive human fear of the unknown, and specifically in this case the fear of the end of the world.

So, I set about to learn as much as I could about these end of the world conspiracies and the many cults that popped up around them as well. That’s where the idea for the cult in the story came from, except, in my story, the cult actually had knowledge of a real alien race.

The idea for the object that comes into orbit around Earth, the Harbinger Beacon in the story, came from a combination of things. I used to run an internet radio show (long dead now) and one night while sifting through emails for potential guests, there was one about someone who witnessed “the ancient object.” The description, from what I remember, talked about an object that orbited the solar system, and eluded to the idea that it could be sentient. I never got the guy onto the show, as he never answered my emails, but the idea stuck with me and eventually formed into the concept for the Harbinger Beacon.

Now, some of you might be wondering if I had any influence by H.P. Lovecraft early on, and I’d have to say yes, but not directly. Films like Alien, and The Thing,  were all influences and are definitely influenced by Lovecraft’s work.  The cosmic horror in Call of the Harbinger is more incidental, and more a product of the direction of my own personal thoughts than anything else, though.

That’s all for now, be sure to check the story out, it’s available on Amazon for 0.99 cents now, and you can read it for free if you have a Kindle Unlimited account!

You can buy Call of the Harbinger here, on Amazon Kindle! 

 

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