A psychological horror for the Third Millennium
A story of time and space, past and future and what happens when the boundaries between them become blurred.
Man Who Sold the World is a psychological horror that explores the difference between reality and imagination. It’s the story of Max Trisch, a man who becomes entangled in the workings of the mind the universe and his place within it.
The story is set in rural England.
Max, a thoroughly urban Londoner, inherits a remote country house from his mysterious and aloof Grandmother. Upon his arrival at the isolated house in the village of Magdadoner, Max surprises someone rifling through his Grandmother’s belongings. The surprised thief is Zisna, charismatic leader of the Coslantians, an Internet based cult, for whom Max’s Grandmother worked.
Max finds himself being drawn into the foreboding woods surrounding his country house . A young boy dressed in a 1960s-style school uniform continuously appears before him, then one day the boy silently gestures to Max to follow him into the woods. On doing so, Max finds himself in a disturbing whirl of dark images from the past as he becomes surrounded by the sounds of children’s voices crying in fear.
Max wakes to find himself at Zisna’s cult headquarters, a grand country mansion left to the cult by a '70s rock star. Max describes his experience in the woods to Zisna who explains that there are many Celtic legends of old Viking kings whose ghosts walk the woods.
Gradually Max finds himself being drawn into Zisna’s doctrine as around him more and more past images appear. Slowly Max starts to fear for his sanity as reality and imagination converage.
Out of the blue Lidjia, Max’s girlfriend, arrives from London. She disbelieves his stories of what has happened to him until she is confronted by the same boy who keeps appearing to Max.
When Max goes out, Lidjia explores the house and discovers the dark secrets of Max’s family hidden in a wooden box. Meanwhile Max slips between reality and ghostly images of the past and present including dark images of Lidjia’s death. Again Max seeks answers from Zisna, who reveals to Max that he has been genetically reincarnated from blood found in the stem of the Grail by the Coslantians to fulfil his destiny and thereby fulfil their plan for mankind.
During a pseudo-religious Coslantian cult ceremony deep in the woods, Max witnesses the real death of Lidjia. Suddenly Max spins through time, waking in Auschwitz with the mysterious boy at his side. Has he slipped through time or is he trapped in the dark corners of his mind?