Confessions of the Antichrist: A Novel

Confessions of the Antichrist: A Novel

By Addison Hodges Hart
Product Code: 9781621385158
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Abducted by his barber and members of his own security forces, a former president of the United States is spirited away to Rome to meet the mysterious Cardinal Fieropasto. It turns out that this is just the bizarre beginning of a wild journey that leads to a series of startling revelations about himself and his destiny. 

He discovers that over the course of his life he has, unbeknownst to himself, been carefully groomed to become the Antichrist, as foretold in ancient prophecy. All he need now do is assume the role prepared for him by taking hold of the reins of global power. But as he mulls over his predestined future, he is alerted to the disturbing fact that other, even more covert, powers are also at work behind the scenes—powers harboring quite different intentions toward him. 

In this genre-stretching story filled with strange characters and unsettling events, satire meets thriller meets Gothic horror; or better, Through the Looking-Glass meets The Divine Comedy.

Paperback. 182 pages.

Author: Addison Hodges Hart


“A theological and psychological thriller that keeps the reader hooked, not only on the question ‘what happens next?’—but also on the big questions: those of power, God, history, and ultimately ‘how must I live my life?’”

— REBECCA BRATTEN WEISS, co-author of Mud Woman

“An evocative cross between the mystic stories of William Butler Yeats and the theological fantasies of C. S. Lewis—but with a sly charm all its own, and even more thought-provoking.”

— JOHN FARRELL, author of The Clock and the Camshaft

Confessions of the Antichrist is a mordant little fantasy about the perpetual war between spiritual truth and terrestrial power. A harrowing, febrile dream of a tale that—like all such dreams—might best be regarded as an omen, one that ought to be heeded.”

— DAVID BENTLEY HART, author of That All Shall Be Saved

“Addison Hodges Hart’s Confessions of the Antichrist is a Christian parable in the tradition of Dostoevsky’s prose poem The Grand Inquisitor and Vladimir Solovyov’s Short Story of the Antichrist. Its imaginal world speaks directly to the issues and travails of our own times, and in language at turns provocative, humorous, challenging, and spiritually nourishing.”

— MICHAEL MARTIN, author of Transfiguration: Notes Toward a Radical Catholic Reimagination of Everything

ISBN-10: 1621385159
ISBN-13: 9781621385158

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Not What You Might Expect
(Canada) | March 13th, 2022
First of all, I'd like to include a disclaimer for Catholic readers: this is not a Catholic novel. It could be called Christian fiction, based on the fact that its author was Protestant, then converted to Catholicism, then left the Church and became an Anglican. That said, I believe that all good Christians possess viewpoints worth considering, as do many other people from various other religions who hold Christ-like values. There is another caveat to mention - there is an allusion within this narrative, by the non-religious main character, to Freemasonry and that it is "harmless, like Boy Scouts." Most people in-the-know who have heard of Freemasonry and read exposes from former members are aware that this is not true and that it is indeed a dangerous cult and ideology which worships what Christians consider the root of evil. This may not be apparent to low-ranking Freemasons who think it's a "harmless boy's club," but this is what we have been told through interviews and literature written by the higher-ups. With that introduction out of the way, let's focus on the story. It was an eloquently scribed read that kept me captivated, unable to stop turning page after page. (I finished the book in one day.) After maneuvering through some very disturbing scenes featuring a pervasive atmosphere of dread, the novel ended too quickly, leaving me disappointed that we hadn't been able to delve into more of the "antichrist's" life up to this point, instead of merely this one journey of "final realization." It's rather anticlimactic in that regard. Perhaps the author could solve this problem by writing a sequel which alternates between flashbacks of "Mr. President's" former life, what he is doing now, and how the ancient evil is ultimately defeated and its domineering global hierarchy torn down and rebuilt anew.