It is the Arab Spring and the fate of the Christians of the Middle East is uncertain. The many Christians of Lebanon are walking a knife-edge, their very survival in their ancestral refuge in doubt, as the Lebanese government becomes Hezbollah-dominated, while Syria convulses with warring religious factions. "Anti Lebanon" is a cross-genre political thriller and horror story embedded within these recent events, featuring a multiethnic Christian family living out the lingering after-effects of Lebanon's civil war as it struggles to deal with its phantoms, its ghosts, and its vampires. Leon Elias is a young and impoverished Lebanese man whose older sister had joined a Christian militia and has been killed. He becomes caught up in the recent "little war" in Beirut, when the Shi'a resistance/militia Hezbollah takes over most of the city. In this milieu--the emptied streets of Christian east Beirut, the old shell-scarred sandstone villas, the echoing gunfire--he becomes involved, only partly by choice, in the theft of a seriously valuable piece of artisanal jewelry, and is bitten--like a vampire--by its Armenian maker. Events take a ghostly and mysterious turn as the factions jostling for power in Beirut begin to align against him and his family, and he is
Carl Shuker was born in New Zealand in 1974, and lived many years in Tokyo before settling in London, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His first novel, "The Method Actors," was awarded the "Prize in Modern Letters," the richest prize in the world for an emerging writer. His second novel, "The Lazy Boys," is currently being developed by director Brendan Donvan and producer Michael Wrenn.