Troy D. McLachlan Books.com showcases both fiction and non-fiction titles authored by Troy D. McLachlan and available on Amazon.
Most of the titles found on this site explore themes discussed in McLachlan’s first publication, the speculative non-fiction work The Saturn Death Cult.
McLachlan’s work covers unconventional topics that are considered controversial and even heretical in mainstream circles.
McLachlan’s writing style varies according to each title’s requirements, from ‘speculative/alternative research & theory’ for his non-fiction to ‘anti-surrealism’ and ‘anti-post modernism’ in his fictional works.
McLachlan’s current project is the expansion of his sci-fi/surreal ‘Inner City Cycle’, an on-going series of novellas and graphic novels linked by a post-apocalyptic vision of the world’s future. Already two main titles have been released as part of the Inner City Cycle, the spy novella Drosselmeyer, and the pilot sci-fi graphic novel Salvage Zone 1. A novelette-length prequel to Drosselmeyer―Gig-set: Soundcheck & 4-Track Divas―is also currently available.
To Fiction or to Non-Fiction . . .
“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.” Franz Kafka
As an aspiring writer with a background in film and music production, my first effort in self-publishing was the ebook The Saturn Death Cult (2011), a heavily illustrated non-fiction work written in the ‘intuitive’ style and aimed at the alternative research market. It was in this book that I first introduced readers to the many seemingly bizarre themes later explored in my subsequent fictional and graphic novel works.
The radical and controversial cosmology found in Saturn Death Cult and its prequel Cosmos in Collision (2013) serves as a distant backdrop for many of the Kafkaesque ‘conspiracy’ elements touched upon in my spy novella Drosselmeyer and the futuristic graphic novel Salvage Zone 1. It isn’t necessary to read Saturn Death Cult to appreciate my fictional work, but it can help for those needing a reference point.
Drosselmeyer and Salvage Zone 1 mark the beginnings of what I call my ‘Inner City Cycle’; a growing collection of related fictional works set against the existence of an ancient evil called the Inner City; my fictional name for the infamous Mystery Babylon first introduced in Saturn Death Cult.
Writing a cycle of related fiction stories in differing genres will hopefully allow me to explore the Inner City Cycle’s central premise from a number of different angles. However, it’s probably fair to ask if doing this simply makes me another ‘conspiracy theory’ peddler with yet another conspiracy to sell?
For me, ‘conspiracy’ is just another word for ‘plot’―but I realise it is a heavily loaded word. With this in mind, I have found that people are, at the same time, fascinated by, and yet highly polarised by anything to do with conspiracies; they are wary of the ‘baggage’ that can surround plots based on a ‘conspiracy theory’―and they hate that annoying ‘preachy’ tone some fiction stories succumb to in their effort to sell a given conspiracy plot as plausible.
On the other hand, whether stories are centred around criminal conspiracies, political conspiracies, or even love conspiracies, I have also found that people enjoy reading them due to the inherent conflict associated with the very idea of ‘conspiracy’―and the more plausibly weird the conspiracy, the more juicy the conflict.
For me, the decision to extend myself into the fictional world comes from a belief that there is much more to a good ‘conspiracy theory’ tale than the basic plot behind the conspiracy itself. The sensationalism generated by a new and credible conspiracy can quickly give way to a sense of overfamiliarity when the conspiracy becomes the sole premise for the story. This ‘apathy’ can take place no matter how outlandish or astonishing the conspiracy itself may be!
In my opinion, the best way to appreciate a ‘conspiracy theory’ (true or fictional) is to grasp its environment―the atmosphere in which the conspiracy thrives―and this is best done through the eyes of those we see touched by conspiracy. Ideally, the conspiracy itself should be the music to which our story’s main characters dance―not the dance itself.
For this reason I have become interested in using fiction to explore the oppressive atmosphere that often surrounds the reality of ‘conspiracy’ in all its forms and sensationalist wonder. I believe readers are more interested in how different people react to a conspiracy rather than in the way they discover what the conspiracy actually is. This is why I have written books like Drosselmeyer and Salvage Zone 1: to further illustrate in much richer ways some of the more disturbing ideas first put forward in Saturn Death Cult.
It’s my hope you enjoy the fictional worlds brought to you by the Inner City Cycle of stories. More titles are on the way―Saturn Death Cult and Cosmos in Collision have opened up such a vast array of possibilities for new and darkly exciting stories that I feel the cycle could well be limitless . . .
. . . Maybe you too will be inspired to add your own vision as to what lurks within the Inner City Cycle?
Thanks for reading.
Troy D. McLachlan
About the author:
Troy D. McLachlan (born 1966) is an independent writer currently living in Cambridgeshire, England. He was born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand, but spent over fifteen years as an adult living in Hong Kong where he worked, amongst other things, as a barman, dishwasher, road engineer, copywriter, journalist, film extra, video producer, cameraman, sound engineer and jingle writer . . .
He has written and published the surrealist spy novella Drosselmeyer and the novelette Gig-Set: Soundcheck & 4-Track Divas and the graphic novel Salvage Zone 1 (All available on Kindle).
Non-fiction titles by Troy D. McLachlan include The Saturn Death Cult (2011) and the co-authored Cosmos in Collision (2013), two non-fiction works offering controversial alternative theories for mythology-based cosmologies and reinterpretations of the origins of certain financial and occult conspiracies (both available on Kindle).
For more information on books by Troy D. McLachlan, visit the home of troydmclachlanbooks.com
Troy D. McLachlan can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org