A weekend of joyous festivities! Such was the Theosophy department's response to a group of fanatics bent on destroying their reputation and having them shut down. Theosophy? Professor Rafter, head of the department, calls it "the study of our direct relationship with that which is beyond and above the normal range of human experience". He could just as well have been describing the adventures of a group of young friends who have been called back from their travels in another world to defend their department with their new-found abilities. But how could entrancing singing or breath-taking storytelling or exquisite cooking possibly stand a chance when pitted against the evil black cloud that threatens to obscure the Starless Square?
One of his pupils once confessed, with typical candour and ambiguity, that Alan McCluskey had taught her the creative value of madness. His work, whether as a teacher or a video artist or a company director or a scientist or a novel writer, has always been marked by a need to question the obvious, adopting what he calls the Martian perspective in which the self-evident is not taken for granted. He has brought that questioning perspective, along with a passion for images and what they can reveal, to novel writing, together with a long-standing fascination for the dream world and the magic of fantasy. He has completed nine novels, five of which, The Reaches, The Keeper’s Daughter, The Starless Square, Boy & Girl and In Search of Lost Girls have been published by Secret Paths Editions.