A passionate and controversial debut novel by David David Kernan that dispels the dogma of organized religion and unveils the truth about mankind’s innate link to the divine.
Set in Los Angeles in 1993, Shadow of Light opens with David, a newly divorced makeup artist, in the middle of a vivid dream. He wakes up feeling disturbed by this recurring dream, but shakes it off and heads to the set of a commercial. He is completely unaware that his world is about to be turned upside down.
Disconnected and strangely without remorse about the divorce, David finds himself at a coffee house in Long Beach contemplating an espresso and a flirtatious waitress when a beautiful man, Daniel, asks to join him. But Daniel is not what he seems. Despite self-doubt and confounding emotions, David not only allows Daniel to share his body and his heart, but also the stunning truth about man’s connection to the divine, a truth so powerful that generations of clergymen have gone to great and tyrannical lengths to keep its existence hidden while secretly practicing these forbidden truths themselves.
Beyond David’s insecurities, his ongoing conflicts with his family over religion, and his surprisingly fulfilling relationship with another man, he cannot dismiss the many truths Daniel shares with him or his own subsequent need to share these truths with the rest of the world.
With Shadow of Light, author David David Kernan courageously divulges what poets and philosophers, seers and prophets, have only hinted at throughout the ages. His intimate relationship with Daniel is vivid and thoughtful as his unrepentant and often lyric memoir proceeds to defeat dogma and reduce every religion on the planet to myth.
Shadow of Light is an assault against orthodoxy and reveals the reason why certain worldwide dogmas exist at all.
In the beginning,” Kernan says, “knowledge of man’s divinity was just a part of his existence. But over time, that knowledge was secreted away and became a mystery. It is time to reveal the truth once more, to bring humankind full-circle so we can know ourselves again and realize that we are greater than religion has ever allowed us to believe.”
An extraordinary ninety-two-page collection of poems, pen & ink drawings, and selected commentary from Claire, one of the prominent characters in Shadow of Light, explaining her perpetuitous self as far as she dares in verse and annotations, with sixteen beautifully-executed drawings. The poem Long Path is a past nominee for the Rhysling Award for Science Fiction Poem Long Form.
From the back cover: Angel Claire – more than a work of poetry, an insightful journey through the evolved psyche of an unceasing woman who, as Nature herself, does not apologize.
Forward by D. D. Kernan: Forget sociopolitical mores, Claire abides by them only so far as her needs require. She answers to no one. Yet, hers is an existence possessed of balance, an existence therefore, that does not apologize or show remorse, an existence that takes only what is necessary and in turn pays only what is due.
Claire loves exclusively, wholeheartedly, and hates with a vengeance, but justly so. Her instinctual stability is consistent.
Her perpetuity is evidence of her perfect, intrinsic tie to Nature.
I respect her. I bepraise her. And I love her. Claire is the reason I still live and breathe.