All of the CBAY books coming out this year are based on some sort of mythology. In a weird (unintentional) symmetry both paperback books — The Amulet of Amon-Ra and The Secrets of the Cheese Syndicate — are based on what I call inactive mythologies while the two hardcover — The Navel of the World and The Book of Knowledge — use active mythologies. I consider an active mythology to be the stories that modern, mainstream religions base their beliefs on.

Obviously, using an active mythology makes your book more controversial since you are working with (and often contradicting) some people’s religious beliefs. What do you think about using an active mythology in a fantasy?

Go to the Buried in the Slush Pile Forum to weigh in.

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