Jesus and John is a Weird re-imagining of the New Testament as a novel of allegorical horror. John, a fisherman from the rural village of Bethsaida in Galilee, is tasked with protecting the risen body of Yeshua, who was crucified at Golgotha for disrupting Roman order in the city of Jerusalem. The body, having miraculously emerged from its cave-like tomb, refuses to speak and walks in a dream-like silence, disrupting the clear-cut message of the Apostle Peter and eventually leading John on a dangerous pilgrimage to a mysterious mansion in Rome known as the Gray Palace. There, the few inhabitants promise a celebration that may be a sacrifice John is unwilling to make. Incorporating Christian Gnosticism, Pagan dreams, and a contemporary will toward queer disruption, Adam McOmber's new novel tells a powerful story of devotion.
Adam McOmber is the author of My House Gathers Desires, The White Forest and This New & Poisonous Air. His stories have appeared recently in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions and Fairy Tale Review. He is a faculty member in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts as well as an instructor in the Writing Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jesus and John by Adam McOmber
Lethe Press 2020