- In Scion, only books approved by the Minister for Arts are published. Most are thinly veiled propaganda with unnaturals as the antagonists.
- In 1902, the Great Biblioclasm, or book-burning, took place in Paternoster Row, organised by the Marquess of Salisbury. Texts dealing with fantasy and the supernatural were burned.
- A small number of texts and fragments were saved from the ashes and hidden in the library of the Spiritus Club, Grub Street, I-5.
- The Spiritus Club soon became the citadel’s only publisher and keeper of illegal literature, including documents discussing clairvoyance.
- Their most celebrated author is Jaxon Hall, also known as Obscure Writer or the White Binder, who wrote On the Merits of Unnaturalness, a groundbreaking and controversial pamphlet on clairvoyance. It was published in 2031.
- In one of the pamphlet’s footnotes, Hall famously lamented, ‘Alas for Literature! Alas!’
- Against the odds, the Spiritus Club continues to thrive, producing controversial, unique – and occasionally, downright terrible literature.
- Other Spiritus Club bestsellers include Didion Waite’s Love at First Sight; or, the Seer’s Delight and The Mysteries of Jacob’s Island.
- Mr Hall states that Mr Waite must have enough copies of his own work to cover England, as no sane person could it consider it well-written. Mr Waite vehemently disagrees.
- A surprise bestseller in 2059 was the anonymously written The Rephaite Revelation, telling a most bizarre tale of monsters in Westminster.
A few extra sets have been added to my World Book Day event at Seven Dials tonight, if you have a spare hour. You don't need a ticket, but you should turn up early if you can, as space is limited. Details can be found here.