Theo Deus and The Immortal King can be described as an Adult Steampunk Fantasy that explores immortality and what it means to be human. It tells small personal stories and how they have devastating effects on people across the three realms of Earth, the Overworld, and the Underworld.

Dr. Theodore Kemis, an altruistic scientist working for an ailing King, recently comes back from a difficult expedition in the mountains where he discovers a stalactite with strange properties. Upon experimenting with it, he discovers that it may be the answer to curing the King of his condition.

Meanwhile, there are gods who watch from the Overworld to ensure that the fates of the mortals are secure. They are the Balance keepers and do everything in their power to protect it. The Balance is essentially a mystical force that inexorably links these worlds with the beings that exist in them. When they find out that a dangerous object has been unearthed by Dr. Theodore Kemis, they send special agents Filious and Kanious to Earth to maintain the Balance.

Still, there are those who seek to destroy the Balance. Hessic and his sons live out their eternity in the Underworld after being imprisoned by Solus for treason. His two sons, Jinik and Callus, have adjusted well to their new home... but his black sheep of a son, Skegs, feels he has been unjustly punished. Because of this, he will seek to destroy the Balance to meet his own ends.

The King is not everything he seems to be, and he has plans that will send ripples throughout the mortal realm. Meanwhile, a child is born to Theodore and Leeya amidst a dark secret. When the gods in the Overworld see that the fate of the Balance may lie with this child, they take measures to ensure his safety. What they can’t anticipate is the dark future that lay ahead, since the Balance has already been offset by events set in motion a millennia ago.

About the Author

I have been working on this project for almost 10 years now, but more seriously for the last 5 years. It’s been a tremendous passion project of mine, and I thought InkShares would be the perfect opportunity to finally get it done.

The idea for this story came from an amalgam of different things. A long time ago, I had to take a random elective in order to get my AA degree, so I took Theater History. It was there that I met Brenda, a student who had dreams of becoming a screenwriter. I had only written short pieces up to that point, but one story concept I had been working on actually started out as a video game concept. Brenda encouraged me to turn that oddball concept into a compelling story that truly got under my skin. That was the nugget of a story that would eventually become Theo Deus and the Immortal King.

Later on, I would go to UCF for game design, though I eventually found myself studying animation and storytelling. I believe these all helped shaped my desire to write and illustrate a graphic novel... which may never get finished as it’s such a long tale. At some point, I decided to turn it into an actual prose novel, since I felt it would be the best way to present this particular story.

The inspiration for this story came from a number of different sources. I’ve always been a huge fan of steampunk and fantasy, and I wanted to explore a story with a myriad of different characters that were all essential to the central plot, even if they all existed in completely different realms. I’ve also gained inspiration from everything from Back to the Future, Battlestar Galactica, and Disney animated films to flesh out this world’s characters and stories.

The other thing I should mention about this story is that it has been planned as a trilogy for at least five years now, and each book has its very own feel and style. The first book is a family drama, the second a war story, and the third an adventure tale. However, that is all I can talk about for now...

As for my daily life, I work as an independent artist who specializes in design for apparel under the pseudonym, Punksthetic Art. Though I have had to make sacrifices in the time I could devote to telling this story, it’s something I refused to let go of. I’ve steadily been chipping away at this story over the years, like Michelangelo did with David. It’s been a rewarding, frustrating, and all-around exciting ride to be apart of, and I only hope I get to share it with the rest of the world soon.

I would love to hear any and all critiques toward my story as it’s an ever-evolving beast. Thanks to everyone who reads this first chapter, and if you like it, please give it a share on social media!