“I want you to remember that. I want the next generation to remember, so you don’t have to burn down something you love because you didn’t do what was needed to save it when you had the chance.”
We all know that collapse is coming. But what happens afterwards?
Enter the life of Amos Cavendish, a veteran of the Turbulent Era, a period of violent conflict and moral degeneracy. Cavendish leads a group of “puritans,” bounty hunters responsible for enforcing the decency laws of the provisional Commonwealth government and the Church that controls it. Shutting down perverts, pornographers, and sexbot manufacturers is all in a day’s work for these men. But when Cavendish is tasked to hunt down Leonard Meyer, a pre-Turbulent Era government censor turned free speech activist, he finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of the Church.
The Pilgrim’s Digress is an exploration of freedom, religion, and social renewal. T.J. Martinell’s “post-dystopian” novella examines the tension between free expression and morality, the follies of putting your faith in man, and how to rebuild civilization after it falls apart.
Originally serialized on Terror House Magazine in 2020, Terror House Press is proud to bring this underground hit into print.
“The Pilgrim’s Digress is a fast track down the rabbit hole of morality, religion, politics, and existential philosophy, all wrapped up in a tour de force of well written dialogue and intense action. It harkens back to the pulps of old. Amos is Solomon Kane for the new age. I’m digging it immensely. Bravo, Martinell. You hit a nerve. I want more.” — Vincent J. LaRosa, Masculine Geek
“In The Pilgrim’s Digress, T.J. Martinell envisages the establishment of a future tradition-based society that is part-M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village and part Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale, except this time around, the patriarchal theocrats are the good guys! Buy one copy for yourself and another for your favorite soy-sipping liberal so you can watch his head explode!” — Andy Nowicki, author of The Columbine Pilgrim and Under the Nihil
“Martinell’s well-constructed future is all too believable and foreboding.” — Adam Piggott, author of Pushing Rubber Downhill and Run Guts Pull Cones
The Pilgrim’s Digress is also available in paperback format. To purchase the paperback edition, click here.