Put simply, Curse/Or is my novel-in-progress that is a mixture of urban fantasy and modern technology, told with a noir sensibility.
There are about three levels of meaning to its name: It's supposed to be a play on the word "cursor"; it's a reference to Boolean logic; and it suggests a kind of black magic as someone performs a curse on another. And that's kind of the nutshell synopsis of what's in my story -- magic, computer programming, and symbolism both literary and semantic.
It's a story about how the conceits of old magic can fit into today's technological culture. It's a story about the World Wide Web, and the identity of the Spider that sits at its center. It's a story that fuses the technical with the spiritual, and how that changes the paradigm of both.
It's the story of three people -- Yarrow, Camel, and Fulcrum -- who, like the magi of old, hide their true names behind pseudonyms, lest others attain power over them. But in today's world, true names are Social Security Numbers, power is identity theft and pseudonyms are internet handles.
It's a story that, at its heart, tries to address the growing mythology of the internet by finding parallels to older, darker folklore. If computer programmers are akin to wizards, regularly summoning and binding daemons to hex(code) their enemies' processes, then what nefarious purpose does spam serve?
Is LOLcat the Enochian of the internet?
And what happens when one of these adepts of the virtual realm achieves "realultimatepower"? Does he become a Merlin and try to usher in a golden age? Does he hoard mystic knowledge and power, like John Dee? Or does he fall prey to darker appetites, like Aleister Crowley or Anton La Vey?
It's sort of like what happens when you cross William Gibson, Tim Powers and Ken Hite. And hopefully, it will be more comprehensible than Hermann Hesse.
Welcome to Curse/Or. I hope you enjoy the ride.
- Act One: Camel (complete) Some users with Windows XP and Firefox 4 may have trouble opening the PDF in their browser window. If that occurs, right-click and save to your computer before opening it from your desktop.
- Casting call for the main characters
- A video which summarizes the feel of my novel
Peeking behind the curtain: Notes and thoughts on how magic and other things work (spoiler heavy):
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