Roger Bellamy, author
“The Rapture” is a journey through a grotesque world told with poetic imagery and fluid streams of consciousness. Inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” and James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, “The Rapture” is structured as twenty one chapters of interrelated stories written in varying styles. While travelling to the country of Mulden, Roger is employed on a construction site as part of a gang building a temple for the sun god Mithras. The people he meets form the background of the book, where Roger’s experiences are interwoven with other storylines involving myth, fairytale and anthropomorphism. On the flipside the book deals with issues of suicide, mental health, alcoholism, drug abuse, people abuse, rape and violence. It is set in a world that is receding from autumn into winter, while the moon above is being devoured by shadow. Apart from Roger, other central characters include a small girl named Helen Rooker whose fate is sealed by the moon, and a forest ranger named Hick Glashen whose life is shaped by the changing seasons. At the end of the world the three of them face their demons as they play out their role in the Rapture.