By day, Darius is a struggling ad writer, with dreams of becoming a great writer. One night, he slips into an undiscovered world where a small group of determined guardians preserve lost books. As he explores this new world, he learns the techniques used for gathering and preserving the lost manuscripts from an old man who is the custodian of the library, Señor. We learn that the old man was once a writer. The old man is assisted by a German gentleman, Friedrich, and a Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, in a never-ending quest to acquire and preserve manuscripts which appear in the library the moment they vanish in our world.
Darius sees the Babylonian texts thrown in the Tigris by the Mongol invaders, the sequel to Dead Souls burned to ashes by Gogol himself and the original edition of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom misplaced by T.E. Lawrence.
However, Darius’s arrival has awakened the ultimate guardian of books, Hypatia, who sees him as a threat. As more books go missing, the library starts to be destroyed bit by bit. Ultimately, Señor tells Darius he must leave the library. Señor and Hypatia face one another in a battle in which he is able to beat off her manifestation as a storm, but only for a time. Señor exits, telling Darius he is “invulnerable.” Darius is left alone to greet Hypatia who instead of destroying him, gives him a magic ring which is the old man’s great, final book. She leaves him and Darius reads the book. In a final, powerful manifestation, Hypatia, enters the scene as a whirlwind. The whirlwind swallows Darius and takes back the ring into itself. Darius is transported back to his world and awakens in his own apartment.
He begins to write The Library of Lost Books.
Darius Jones is a writer of literary, fantasy and historical fiction. He has worked at various professional writing jobs including ad writer, editor and journalist.
He lives in the United States.
Originally posted 2012-08-03 07:50:55.