Read SERMONS OF THE REFUTER at Schlock Magazine

“Sermons of the Refuter” is now live at Schlock Magazine. It imagines the discovery of Simon Magus’s lost work of the same name. Simon Magus was a Samaritan magician converted to Christianity by Philip the Evangelist. Simon’s confrontation with Peter is documented in Acts 8:9-24, in which he is accused of trying to buy the favor of God and position in the church–later defined as the crime of “Simony” (no, the name is not a coincidence). Simon Magus also appears in the anti-heretical texts of Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Hippolytus, and Epipanius, none of which paint him as a very nice person.

What kind of magazine would publish short fiction about such claptrap? Why, a schlocky one, of course:

Schlock is a quarterly anthology featuring short and serialised fiction, illustration and photography. We aim to publish original works of speculative fiction, exploring various subgenres through experimental fusions in style and format. Schlock’s contemporary themes take a playful and irreverent look at genre fiction, given individual flair by a regular rotation of writers and artists.

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