The New Old Testament is a re-imagining of the Bible as told to you by the drunk guy at the party. A drunk guy who seriously knows his scripture.
It's part adaptation, part commentary, and 100% not for people who take the Bible too seriously. It shares just as much DNA with animated shows like South Park, Rick and Morty, and Archer as it does with the Old Testament.
Whether or not you believe it actually happened, the Bible is a fascinating story, full of great characters, epic battles and incredible journeys. There's sex, there's love, there's betrayal, there's revenge. All that without any of the "sayeth's" or "unto's" or "thou's" that might have scared you off last time.
You're already familiar with its most famous characters - Noah, Moses, David and Goliath. Why not get to know Joshua, Elijah and Judah Maccabee? Seriously, some of the most badass heroes in literature can be found right there in the Old Testament.
So if you've always had a passing interest in the Bible but found the language to be way too dense, The New Old Testament has gone ahead and stripped out anything non-essential, keeping only the best, filthiest, most brutally horrifying parts. Especially the parts they leave out in church.
It breaks down the Bible into fun, bite-sized chunks that you can read anywhere, anytime. This isn't high art that demands to be read in a leather-bound tome. It's designed to be read on your phone while you're waiting in line at the grocery store, while you're riding the bus, while you're in bed checking Twitter. Hell, you can even read it in church if you feel like it.
For a fast-flowing, faithfully unfaithful, reverently irreverent, humbly boastful re-imagining of the Bible, download the current season here.
It's me. The author.
Just wanted to duck in and explain a bit more about what my intention is here. As explained above, The New Old Testament is a satirical adaption of the Bible for a modern audience.
It's embellished, it's exaggerated - just like a drunk guy telling a story. Some parts are left out, others are made up, but mostly, the train stays pretty squarely on the tracks, at least on a macro-level. It has to - otherwise I'll just venture off into straight up fan fiction (which I'm not explicitly ruling out either).
As with the source material, The New Old Testament starts with Genesis and will eventually go all the way through to Revelations.
I know, I know... It's going to take me a long time, but nothing good ever happened overnight.
Now, the series has got a lot of swearing, a lot of violence and a lot of sex, so if that isn't your cup of tea, here's a link for some cute dog videos. If it is your cup of tea, then read on...
I'm going to release weekly 'episodes' (short stories of a few thousand words) and periodically group them into novel-length bundles, or 'seasons', which will correspond to books in the Bible (Genesis, Exodus etc). So, yeah, kind of like a TV show.
At each season is completed, I will take down all individual episodes from that season. I will keep the episodes free while I'm writing that season (unless you're a die-hard Kindle user, in which case I'll provide handy Bookfunnel links), but when the complete season is released, it will have a price tag (probably somewhere between $2.99 and $4.99).
Now that's all out of the way, let's move on...
Even if you're familiar with the Bible, you might not get exactly what you expect in this series - but I'm willing to bet that's what you'll like about it. I try to stay in line with the themes, characters and stories from the Old Testament, which is what drew me to the book in the first place.
That being said, I do enjoy being able to take some creative licence where I need (or want) to in order to make the story tighter, funnier, more relevant to a modern audience. I've said it before and I'll say it again - even if you don't believe what they say happened in the Bible actually happened, it's still a great story.
A little like Lord of the Rings.
But instead of Hobbits, you've got Israelites. Instead of Orcs, you've got Philistines. Instead of Middle Earth, you've got the Promised Land.
Get started on the current season here.
By the way, I also write a fantasy series that has a Biblical, ancient-world feel and deals with a lot of the same themes. You can check out the books below if you're interested. Click here to find out more.
Prequel short story: Buried in the Sky
The people of the Zend don't bury their dead, nor do they burn them. What they do instead is build towers...
When a lonely corpse bearer sees soldiers on the horizon, he knows his ancient way of life is over. His country is about to fall victim to an empire on the rise. An empire with a terrible, secret power that will set the events of The Fire and the Forge in motion.
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Book #1: The Fire and the Forge
Would you rather be the conquered or the conqueror?
In a world where cruel gods pull the strings of mortals and people wield the power of the elements, Imharak is forced to flee his home in the wake of an invasion and soon finds himself at the crux of the coming war.
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Book #2: To Kill a King
Could you kill the person you loved most to save your people?
When Asherah is faced with the extinction of her people, she will travel north into the mountains, seeking out an old friend who is now king. But it isn't a friendly reunion she's looking for. Asherah's made a deal with the god of the underworld to save her people, and the price of that deal is the king's head.
Book #3: Queen of the Dead Lands is COMING SOON
Jasper Flint and the Dinosaur Saddle
What does it feel like to ride a dinosaur? Jasper Flint is about to find out...
When a sixteen-year-old boy discovers a super-ancient civilisation who lived alongside the dinosaurs, he is thrust on a time-bending quest through history to save the world.
Mercy Killing (novella)
After suffering a horrible tragedy, hitman Jules Hallenbeck goes on the run, and Del Copeland is sent after him.
Del's a cop, but he's not about to bring Jules in. He's indebted to a mobster who wants Jules dead, and it'll be up to Del to pull the trigger.
Jack was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. He lives on coffee and podcasts, and likes to believe that if there is a God, he's got a sense of humour.
He previously developed an animated web series called 'Come Again?' which followed a pair of private detectives, one of whom was Jesus Christ - only Jesus was an angry, bigoted, hard-drinking asshole.
If the very thought of that made you tense up, then this probably isn't the book for you. If, on the other hand, you found yourself smiling - or at the very least, raising an eyebrow - you just might be in the right place.
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