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The Triforium: The Haunting of Westminster Abbey
The foundation of Westminster Abbey rests upon what was once an island — an island that was holy to the Celts and the Romans long before the first Christian Church was built upon it in the eighth century. The church is now home to a community of dead monarchs, nobles, scientists, composers, soldiers, authors, poets and politicians buried within the Abbey. And their ghosts are all under the command of Reverend Poda-Pirudi.
But leading the dead isn’t challenging enough for the good Reverend and he invites a hapless architect, Wallace Butterfield, to visit him at his office in the Triforium of Westminster Abbey with a promise to pay for some much needed work.
Butterfield, who thinks it's the offer of a lifetime, believes he is finally moving up in the world - even though the meeting is scheduled at Westminster's Triforium in the middle of the night!
Unbeknownst to the architect, a coven of absinthe-drinking witches conspires to intervene in Butterfield’s strange meetings with the Reverend. They want what Butterfield has (though Butterfield doesn’t know what it is) and they are willing to do anything (kidnapping, torture, even burning him at the stake) to get it.
About the Author:
At nineteen Mark Patton shipped aboard the Research Vessel Chain as a helmsman for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. By his mid-twenties he was flying out of Otis Air Force Base for the National Marine Fisheries Service on weekly North Atlantic Fisheries patrols. After graduating from Northeastern University, he became a roughneck for Delta Drilling in the Texas oil patch. He left Texas to become a police officer and later a head of Natural Resources on Cape Cod. Now retired, he devotes his time between the mountains of northern New Hampshire and his home on Cape Cod, where with his cellist wife, he composes music and pursues his longtime passion for writing. [MORE]
"It's fun, fun, fun in the best tradition of satire, snark and completely entertaining preposterosity." -- Ellen L. Horr
"Once I met Wallace Butterfield and entered the worlds of Reverend Poda-Pirudi at Westminster Abbey and the Women In Therapeutic Chemical Healing, I lost my ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy, separate coven from cult or recognize dream from nightmare. The story left me asking when the movie premiere is." -- Jacqueline Murray Loring, author and editor
"A richly-imagined parallel London, where the surprisingly pettish ghosts of the once-great rub up against the living, and work out old vendettas and posthumous grievances within the walls of iconic Westminster Abbey. Dinosaurs dash through S.W.1 sewers, Homo erectus shuffles across Parliament Square, and Isaac Newton uses red telephone boxes as W.S. Landor meets Salvador Dali. Astral-material mash-ups, amusing incidents and deep historical knowledge combine in an offbeat evocation of Englishness past and present." -- Derek Turner, author and editor
"As I finished the book and put it down with a very contented sigh, my first thought was “Why have we not previously heard the name Mark Patton in the realm of fiction writing?” If this is the author’s first publication, it bodes well for what may yet come. ‘The Triforium’ is a superb piece of fiction that provides the main ingredients to satisfy me: humour (I laughed aloud several times, startling my partner and my dog), a good plot, detailed research, and some very intriguing thoughts on the genesis of souls, ghosts and gods. The cast includes the ghosts of many famous and infamous characters of history – monarchs, scientists, writers and a regicide – and, in addition to ghosts, there is an all-pervading spirit: Absinthe. The main characters, however, are the hapless Wallace Butterfield and the enigmatic Reverend Poda-Pirudi. There is more to both of these than meets the eye, but I am not going to give any plot-spoilers. The author is clearly American, as evidenced in the use of language (e.g. ‘sidewalk’ instead of ‘pavement’), and, as a Briton, I feel somewhat humbled and ashamed that his encyclopaedic knowledge of Westminster Abbey and London in general puts mine entirely in the shade. The author’s biography, given at the end of this Kindle edition, indicates that ‘The Triforium’ has had a long period of gestation and maturation. I fervently hope that this brainchild will be followed by further siblings." -- Christopher A. Smith, author "Icelandic Magic: Aims, tools and techniques of the Icelandic sorcerers
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