Mid-last year we were honoured to be able to publish the second novel by Blair MacKenzie Blake, The Paragon Junk, an immersive adventure into a world of UFOs, cults, secret societies, psychedelia, genetic manipulation and a semi-skeptical guy who runs a blog covering those topics (hey, kinda sounds familiar?). The Paragon Junk was the sequel to an earlier novel by Blair, The Othering (though both books each stand alone as stories in their own right) that he originally self-published.
With his original print runs of The Othering having (deservedly) since sold out, Blair talked to me about the possibility of publishing a new edition of the book – and of course I was happy to be involved. And so I’m pleased to say that The Othering is now back in print (as well as in an eBook edition), and available from most online booksellers, including Amazon:
- The Othering paperback on Amazon US and Amazon UK
- The Othering Kindle eBook edition
Here’s the blurb:
Growing up in Southern Illinois in the 1960s, Addison Albright appears to be a typical mischievous teen – even though the manner in which birds flit from branch to branch in the placid suburb troubles him. Oddities in his childhood memories also cause him to wonder if things are really as they seem in “Little Egypt”? The one person who might know is the town villain, Maxx “Molewhisker” Schaufler – a former undertaker with a hotrod hearse who Addison encounters in a private cemetery with curious grave markers. Not only is the old codger’s appearance unusual, there’s something peculiar about his ramshackle Victorian that Addison soon comes to realize.
As a series of perplexing events has him teetering on the brink of insanity, someone else is attracted to Molewhisker’s afflicted mirror: a scholarly biker named Zerrill who claims to be a member of an epigraphic society. After involving himself in the strange relationship between the enigmatic Schaufler and the boy struggling to free himself from his mysterious control, his true agenda is called into question. Exploiting the town folk to achieve his cryptic objective, the narrative darkens when Addison becomes infatuated with a gorgeous college girl with esoteric interests. As the three match wits while attempting to unravel a local legend that could revise world history, their lives will be forever changed when they discover the shocking truth revealed in the othering.
As Blair says over on the website of the mighty Tool, The Othering is “a book within a book, as encoded into the largely EXOTERIC plot are ESOTERIC details of a highly specialized nature.”
The related third novel of the trilogy is projected for late spring of 2022.