I found Andrew Scott Bear hiding from demons in the corn fields of Indiana. Kidding. But he does have a penchant for corn…on the
cob, creamed, popped, meal…doesn’t matter–if you’re serving corn, he’s going to invite himself for dinner.
Which for most of his fans would be a good thing because Bear’s interests are as vast and varied as his books. An avid reader of the classics, philosophy, psychology, religion, and all related topics, his eclectic interests shine through in his compelling and thoughtful novels.
He also studies the occult, hermetica and esoterica: the Tarot, Kabbalah, Astrology, Runes, the Ogham, Theosophy, etc.
With numerous smaller works published in another life under another name, this well-known author decided to reinvent himself with us, little ol’ JOEPub and we are honored. Bear had originally intended this move several years ago, but the publisher then went out of business before Afterlife by Francis Divine, M.D., his current best-selling book with JOEPub, made it to press. He considered seeking another and instead just let the matter drop for the time.
When we found him, he was doing editorial work for an NPO (which he still does out of his love for helping others). He told us how he had considered reinventing himself and we couldn’t help but help him out.
Afterlife by Francis Divine, M.D. is one of the best books I’ve read in years. I was so taken by it that I offered my own recommendation on the back cover. It is the story of two friends who meet while incarcerated and though holding very different philosophical beliefs regarding the nature of existence and life, become like brothers. However, when they decide to use hypnosis to help one quit smoking, the two open a door to another dimension of sorts that forces each to reconsider their own firm convictions. I won’t be a spoiler, but if you don’t read another book this year, this should be the one.
Bear’s next book, Merlinus Americanus Iunior, which has also been collecting dust for years, is due out soon from JOEPublishing.