by Richard French
A Minor Devil Assails a Young Widower who Hopes for New Life
Arthur Goodbody, a young poet and museum guard, recovers slowly from the death of his beloved wife Laura. As he makes plans to resume a full, active life, a minor devil, Mr. Octavius, assaults him and makes promises that strike at Arthur’s vulnerability. Arthur complies with Octavius’s wishes and resists him at the same time. He eventually looks for help in his battle to free himself from his enemy’s grip.
There have been many versions of the Faust legend. This one includes some of Arthur’s poems, excerpts from his dreams about ancient Rome, passages from a diary he keeps in Laura’s memory, and a fictional biography he writes about a 17th century theologian who also fought a devil. The story ends with a battle on a tropical island.
If you like stories about young people coping with difficulties and finding their way, then “Nightsongs” will likely appeal to you.
Buy this revised version of an old legend and get to know Arthur Goodbody.
About the Author...
Richard French was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1942. He decided when he was in the 8th grade that fiction writing would be at the center of his life. He has written more than a dozen novels now available on kindle and as print on demand paperback from Amazon's CreateSpace. His website is http://www.rfrenchnovelist.com.
After graduating from the University of Chicago, he served in the American army for four years with almost three as a Lao linguist. He has dabbled in the theater and worked in the banking business in the Boston area. In later life, he served as a pastor of a Lutheran Church-Canada congregation in Sudbury, Ontario. He now lives in Toronto and works part-time at a mid-town congregation.
Zack Pospieszynski designed book covers for his novels. Zack is former director of Toronto's Peak Gallery and is now Program Director, at an innovative gallery called Matter.