"NOTHING EXCEEDS LIKE EXCESS"
( Thom Keyes )
Thom I learned
I see a wondrous
You have outcut
for your sky
is the limit.
( Spike Hawkins )
THE SECOND COMING THOM KEYES
The Second Coming is about revelation and revolution.It shows in marvellous detail, through Yesha - the hero of this novel - the complex and intrigue-filled life of Jesus. Thom Keyes, like many other young people who today question traditional interpretations, transforms the basic details of Jesus's life into high adventure and mystical exploration.
He has uncovered the marks and signs to steer us through the ancient events and orient us on the happenings of today. Jesus has been transfigured from the legendary Christ of ecclesiastical piety into a living man, an evolutionary mystic, caught up in a powerful wave of religious politics which eventually pushes him to sacrifice himself on the cross... the reality of a new myth. It is this reality as the myth-making structure that is the real substance of this book.
Like ours, this was a time of political and spiritual upheaval, when the Age of Aries gave way to the Age of Pisces, as now, two thousand years later, a new generation moves into the Age of Aquarius. A major film of this book is already in preparation. California born, Thom Keyes came to England at the age six in 1948. He studied at Malvern College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Germanic Philology and started to write seriously.
He arrived in London with three science-fiction stories already in print and a controversial first novel, All Night Stand. Since then, he has prepared several important screen plays in England and Hollywood. The Second Coming was written at the author's home - a sixteenth century manor house in Huntingdonshire - once a haunt of the "Bloomsbury" set.
Mr Keyes is currently working on his third novel, Battle of Disneyland - a satirical, billiantly funny, study of contemporary American decadence.
ALL NIGHT STAND
"Thom Keyes has produced the mightiest blast of sub-culture yet to be let loose on paper, and the funniest first novel I can remember"
"Paranoid in a quite authentic way - probably represents the results of close personal observation" New Statesman
"Mr Keyes has that rare thing in Free art - a sense of humour"
"If it is accurate it must have been written as a crusade against this kind of living. If it is imanigative it is despicable"
Irish Woman's Journal
1968: Early on Thom Intended to Command a Zeppelin - And does in his 1987 film Gunbus. Commander Von Schlussel's name in English is Keyes.
Jeff Hawke, RAF fighter ace and ace staged-flying fx man for Gunbus,reports to Thom via an early Vodafone portable.
1973: Seekingseminal visions, Thom consults with Mel Fishman in Basel where the cameras are turning on Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse's classic novel.
Fast forward to the Chelsea Arts Ball - 1986. Otello the Moor with out-of-sight shades.
Shadeless Thom besports himself with Giacomo Casanova and a handsome film financeer whose family name translates into English as 'light'. And what would film be without that projected beam of light?