The Hierophant’s Daughter
(Disgraced Martyr Trilogy #1)
by M. F. Sullivan
By 4042 CE, the Hierophant and his Church have risen to political dominance with his cannibalistic army of genetically modified humans: martyrs. In an era when mankind's intergenerational cold wars against their long-lived predators seem close to running hot, the Holy Family is poised on the verge of complete planetary control. It will take a miracle to save humanity from extinction.
It will also take a miracle to resurrect the wife of 331-year-old General Dominia di Mephitoli, who defects during martyr year 1997 AL in search of Lazarus, the one man rumored to bring life to the dead. With the Hierophant's Project Black Sun looming over her head, she has little choice but to believe this Lazarus is really all her new friends say he is--assuming he exists at all--and that these companions of hers are really able to help her. From the foulmouthed Japanese prostitute with a few secrets of her own to the outright sapient dog who seems to judge every move, they don't inspire a lot of confidence, but the General has to take the help she can get.
After all, Dominia is no ordinary martyr. She is THE HIEROPHANT'S DAUGHTER, and her Father won't let her switch sides without a fight. Not when she still has so much to learn.
The dystopic first entry of an epic cyberpunk trilogy, THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER is a horror/sci-fi adventure sure to delight and inspire adult readers of all stripes.
What couldn’t a person access from the Japanese Internet? The question inspired Dominia to get out of the bathtub for another look at the card. There was no address, whether web or physical, as there hadn’t been an address on the ad floating across that billboard; instead, when she studied the lotus embossed upon the card, the DIOX-I highlighted it as though it were a link. How fascinating, this augmented reality! After fixing the device’s settings back to manual control, she “clicked” on the link with an unsteady wink, and her right field of vision was covered by the floating window of a browser. Had she cochlear implants, she would have heard some sort of music, or even a voice accompanying the woman’s writhing in and out of the browser’s dark: less a whole person, and more a disembodied assortment of lips, fingers, lower backs, and thighs. At last, the vision disappeared to present her with the crimson words, “WELCOME TO THE RED MARKET.”
A button appeared: “Connect Your Halcyon for Age Verification.” The idea of giving the women of the international and highly loathed illegal organization any information might have stopped her in a simpler time, as it surely stopped 70 percent of potential Red Market customers—the ones able to access the site, anyway, inaccessible from Europa and the Front through traditional routes. That had been all the Hierophant could do to combat in any meaningful way the world’s oldest profession-cum-cult. Far trickier than hampering Internet access was controlling in-person transactions in gold or silver, or the off-brand cryptocurrency, Redcoin; and because there were almost no freelance prostitutes left in the world, catching a working girl was difficult.
AUTHOR INTERVIEW 6
What are four things you can’t live without?
Writing, reading, cats and cannabis—thanks to the great state of Oregon, that last one’s legal for me. Jury’s out on the cats.
What is your favorite television show?
Still waiting for NBC’s Hannibal to come back. Any day now…
If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
I would be the Devil in The Master and Margarita—because choosing anybody else is just thinking small!
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER, out May 19th, is going to be followed by THE GENERAL’S BRIDE on August 14th, and THE LADY’S CHAMPION on January 9th of 2020! Beyond that, I’ve got a book of plays I’m looking to publish, there’s the Disgraced Martyr Trilogy omnibus due in the 4th quarter of 2020, and, of course, there’s another series I’ve got up my sleeve even as I type. The first book of that is aiming for 2021, but it’s too early to make promises.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Philip K. Dick has proven a huge influence lately, but my earliest writing influences were Vladimir Nabokov and Chuck Palahniuk. Couldn’t be more different in terms of their executions, but they both have comparably dark subject matters, and I can relate to that. Nabokov taught me the art of style and Palahniuk taught me how to keep that style from turning purple. For this particular trilogy, Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun was highly influential during the editing phases, and Philip K. Dick came in late to teach me how to be courageous with technology.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
M.F. Sullivan is the author of Delilah, My Woman, The Lightning Stenography Device, and a slew of plays in addition to the Trilogy. She lives in Ashland, Oregon with her boyfriend and her cat, where she attends the local Shakespeare Festival and experiments with the occult. Find more information about her work (and plenty of free essays) at https://www.paintedblindpublishing.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/M.-F.-Sullivan/e/B013DDEQVE
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14199461.M_F_Sullivan
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