INFINITY is a new stand-alone series that is related to several of my previous books, but it is not a direct sequel to any of them. Let me explain INFINITY’s unique and enlightening place in the MYN fiction universe.
“Diary of a Madman” is a story about a serial killer who is manipulated by a mysterious stranger. Thematically, it is a story about the loss of identity and the loss of self. Throughout the entire book, which is told in first person, we never even learn the name of our protagonist (which is intentional).
Some of you know that the Shadow Falls books, “Badlands” and “Angel of Death” are tales about a man who discovers that he is in fact, the embodiment of “Death.” If you have either read “Angel of Death” or heard the audio book version, you are probably already familiar with how it directly relates to the ending of “Diary of a Madman.”
Yes, INFINITY is a book that is riddled with AODC references and Easter eggs. No, you do not have to have previously read any of the AODC books to understand what INFINITY is all about. That being said, let me peel back another layer…
Think of the concept of “demons.” What does it mean to you? Who are demons? How do they manipulate people? What is their purpose? What do they want? More importantly, where do they come from? Those voices inside of your head compelling you to do bad things. Are they part of your consciousness? Or did they originate from somewhere else, infecting you and your mind like some kind of parasite?
INFINITY exists in a world where all of those questions are answered. The AODC books exist in a world where all those questions are asked.
In “Badlands” Galan Altos (an anagram for “a lost angel”) is a killer who is haunted by his past and is tormented by the ghosts that follow him. At the end of the book he comes to a startling realization about his true identity. In “Angel of Death” we fast-forward 150 years in time to find that Galen’s consciousness is being manipulated from one life to the next in order to send him down a darkened path of no return. He is a being with no control over his existence. In “Angel of Death” he finally becomes aware of this lack of control and fights to alter the destiny that has been chosen for him by his father. Standing in Galen’s way is his brother, also chosen to assume the mantle of “Death”–with the two brothers fighting to see who will ultimately become Death. Whereas Galen is a being that will only kill for a reason, his brother is a cold-hearted murderer happy to see the streets run red with blood… (and yes, there is a strong Cain and Abel reference in the Shadow Falls books that I blogged about here).
Consider then our titular character from “Diary of a Madman” and how he is manipulated by a stranger named Eddy into choosing other killers as his victims. who is Eddy? Could Eddy in fact, be a demon?
Now, the true relationship between INFINITY and the AODC books can only be revealed once you have read INFINITY and INFINITY Rising, the direct sequel that picks up right where infinity leaves off. all of these books make up a very layered overall universe. The INFINITY books are just the top-most layer of it all.
I will tell you this much. There are things referenced in the infinity books that take place in the as-yet-to-be-written “Diary of a Madman” sequel that have to do with Ian’s past before he became part of this demon-hunting cult known as the Church of Infinity. Also, some of you may recognize passages from “Badlands” that are in a book Ian reads called “Exit the Valley” penned by “Thomas Holt” — the same name used by the Preacher who burns down his own church with his entire congregation inside (as revealed in Badlands). The story behind how Thomas Holt wrote “Exit the Valley” is a part of the Shadow Falls canon that hasn’t been told yet.
So yes, it’s complicated… some may say convoluted, but these three different universes and how they all are essentially concentric circles of one another has been something I’ve been working on for nearly a decade. It’s only now that I’m able to reveal how these puzzle pieces all fit together.