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A review of Hal Duncan's Testament

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Hal Duncan's Testament was published by Eibonvale Press in October 2015.

Information about Hal Duncan:

Hal Duncan is a scion of 1970s Scotland, a queer kid who left Kilwinning to study at Glasgow University and never looked back. In the early '90s, he joined the Glasgow SF Writer's Circle, torched everything he'd ever written, and wrote his first functional short story, "Slab City, April 16," published in the Flamingo Book of Scottish Short Fiction 1994. The gods having patently smiled upon his sacrifice, he figured maybe he should take this writing malarkey seriously after all, and set to work.

His debut Vellum was published in 2005, garnering nominations for the Crawford, Locus, BFS and World Fantasy Award, and winning the Spectrum, Kurd Lasswitz and Tähtivaeltaja. He's since published: the sequel INK and a collection of four stories in the same Book of All Hours mythos, Errata; the novella Escape from Hell!; a poetry collection, Songs for the Devil and Death; two chapbooks, The A-Z of the Fantastic City and Fabbles: 1; and numerous short stories in magazines or anthologies. He's also worked as anthology editor himself, on Caledonia Dreamin'. His first short story collection, Scruffians! was released from Lethe Press in April 2014, alongside a non-fiction book Rhapsody, a book-length study of strange fictions.

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Information about Testament:

What you have been taught, lover of the sublime,
is a lie that made you live a lie...

In the 21st century, a scalpel slices bible pages, passages spliced to restore lost truth. In the days of King Herod, the messias rises, calling to black sheep: walk with me. Now, here, between two aeons and across Æternity, a beloved student rebuilds his Gospel for the era of Anonymous: anarchist, socialist, atheist, revolutionary. Forget the tale you were spun and open your ears to the teacher who said, I will have mercy and not sacrifice. From the Hebridean fishing village of Capernaum, to a Jerusalem under Il Duce Pontius Pilate...

The Empire ends today.



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