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John Trevillian
Author of The A-Men, The A-Men Return and Forever A-Men and founder of the Talliston interior design project.
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Read the full story here... WHAT IS TALLISTON HOUSE & GARDENS? Talliston House & Gardens is a project that has taken the most ordinary of English dwellings – a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex – and over two and a half decades has painstakingly transformed it into a magical... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Shadowmagick
Twenty-five Years, Thirteen Rooms, One Talliston! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Shadowmagick
Creator and Project Lead, John Trevillian, explains how you can help save this extraordinary project and community. Help Save A One-Of-A-Kind House, Gardens And Creative Community That's Soon To Be Lost Forever Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Shadowmagick
Opening: October 2015. A sneak peek of the Thirteen Rooms of this Unique and Extraordinary House of Dreams and Nightmares... Sign up to be on the guest list at . Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Shadowmagick
Photograph of the kind of finished product you'll win in the WIN! PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE AT TALLISTON With GilesGPhotography and Talliston House & Gardens THE PRIZE This is your opportunity to win a unique portrait experience in the enchanting world of Talliston WORTH £300! Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Shadowmagick
Currently we have a competition at the house, here's the details: WIN! PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE AT TALLISTON With GilesGPhotography and Talliston House & Gardens THE PRIZE This is your opportunity to win a unique portrait experience in the enchanting world of Talliston WORTH £300! YOUR EXPERIENCE Your day starts with a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Shadowmagick
When looking at dystopian near-future books and their links to classic tropes of fairy tales, when writing The A-Men trilogy ( I wanted to open up the future with the past, and create a link to the basic premises of fairy tales and cyberpunk, neo-noir and, also in part, steampunk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Shadowmagick
Look, let me get something straight. Now, I know you love your weekly dose of my weird and whacky adventures, but let’s face it, wouldn’t you really like everything in one Bettie-shaped bundle? Sure ya would! So I’ve collected every last one of my quips, tips and bad travelling trips... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Shadowmagick
The axis mundi (or "world axis"), in religion or mythology, is the world centre and/or the connection between heaven and Earth. It exists in virtually all cultures on Earth, although it plays a much more explicit role in those cultures utilising shamanic practices or those with animist belief systems. It... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at Shadowmagick
“Humans cause evil by wanting to triumph over evil in the quest for immortality” Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death. When I discovered the writings of Ernest Becker, I knew that I had found the deep core of why I had written The A-Men trilogy (The A-Men, The A-Men Return... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Shadowmagick
In addition to the dramatised version of the first novel, CDBaby and iTunes now have an audiobook version of The A-Men. With voices of: John Trevillian as The Nowhereman, Jack Luceno as D'Alessandro, Leah Frederick as Pure, Katie Dehnart as 23rdxenturyboy and Joseph Andrade as Rafaele Juarez D'Alessandro/Forevermore/XEs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Shadowmagick
Thanks for sharing your visual rendition of Battle of the Trees. It is such a rich poem... and ripe for imagery.
Though I did not exactly model Jack’s journey in The A-Men trilogy on Campbell’s seminal work, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, I was acutely aware that this neopunk scifi would disguise an epic-style journey of self-discovery through the eyes of a broken man and his connection with the fantastical.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at Shadowmagick
The fairy tale represents extremely well the inner workings of the human psyche. Erikson, in his model of the human life-cycle, suggests that the ideal human being develops through what he calls “phase-specific psychosocial crises” if he achieves the ideal goals of each phase in succession. These crises in their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at Shadowmagick
The Pater Noster (commonly known to all as The Lord’s Prayer) is central to Christian worship. In the New Testament it appears in two forms: in the Gospel of Matthew as part of the discourse on ostentation in the Sermon on the Mount, and in the Gospel of Luke which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at Shadowmagick
I knew that I wanted Jack and Susie to get tattoos when they met and fell for each other. It seemed a perfect expression of juvenility for the young lovers. For Pure her tattoo always had to be something quite wicked, and while I was looking for different ideas I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Shadowmagick
The tree unites all four elements, as does every plant. In addition, the fifth element of Spirit lives in all trees too. The process of communicating with these devas, faeries or nature spirits is to understand how to become sensitive to them. One theory behind the idea that there is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at Shadowmagick
While on the surface The A-Men reads as a tough, intense, Dystopian science fiction novel, beneath the surface lie two threads: • Immortality (represented by the book of Forevermore) The power of legend through story. • Belief (represented by the power of Shadowmagick) The power of enlightenment through faith in... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Shadowmagick
One of the main sources of nourishment comes from the food we eat. As a general rule, the more processed the food, the more artificial ingredients it contains, the less fresh it is, and the less energy it contains. Some guidance notes to developing a more healthy diet are: -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Shadowmagick
I find it important every once in a while to review my goals and the way ahead. I have always been someone who has ever been very conscious of the path that I am treading. I see my life broken up into three stages: • The first phase (between my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Shadowmagick
Actually, that's quite amusing! Apologies on their behalf if you were foxed. Regards, JeT.
Think there was a marketing mailing this week to all people who bought the first novel.. just a new book announcement.
There is a wealth of great science fiction literature and compiling the best sci fi classics that inspired my writing and the creation of The A-Men trilogy (The A-Men, The A-Men Return and Forever A-Men) was difficult at best. With its mix of cyberpunk, neo-noir dystopia and urban fantasy elements,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2011 at Shadowmagick
The motifs of the world tree, or axis mundi, appear many times throughout folklore, often relating to immortality or fertility. Here’s a few that I found in my brief researches: Assyria The Assyrian Tree of Life is represented by a series of nodes and criss-crossing lines and is often attended... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Shadowmagick
When engaged in a long-term project there are plans and then there are surprises; things that emerge from the simple act of creation. At Talliston there were always the themes and the motifs linking all the rooms (butterflies, lions, the use of red and brass throughout, and so on). But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Shadowmagick