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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Fantasy / Epic
  • Language:English
  • Pages:51
  • eBook ISBN:9781620952146

The Demon of the Well

by James B. Hendricks

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Centuries ago, a trader on the Old Silk Road in central Asia learns of a treasure with great mystic powers being sought by two renegade soldiers. In an effort to gain it from them, he offers his services as a guide to the region where the the soldiers have presumably cached this treasure. An epic tale told in rhyming verse.

Many centuries ago, an oasis town on the Old Silk Road finds itself in the grip of a terrible drought. The children of the town notice that their friend, an old retired trader at the caravanserai is growing increasingly distressed. At last he confides that he suspects he may be responsible for the drought, and tells of events that occurred long before they were born. In a time of civil war, this trader undertakes a perilous trading mission. On the way, he encounters two army deserters and overhears them talking about a treasure of great mystic powers that they are trying to recover. This is a chalice through which one can see all time and all the world. Hoping to gain this treasure for himself, he offers his services as guide to a desolate region in the desert where the soldiers have presumably cached it. Presented as an ancient message, this literary fantasy resonates as a story for our times.

About the author

Inspired by the opening of Xianjiang Province to the outside world by Chinese authorities in 1979, the author - after much thought - began writing this tale in the Spring of 1986. The story found its voice in 1991, but missing verses continued to arrive for many years afterwards, until its completion in 2009.

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