Stifyn Emrys is a veteran journalist and educator who has written on subjects as diverse as history, religion, politics and language. He has served as an editor for fiction and non-fiction projects, and his first book, "The Gospel of the Phoenix," was published in the summer of 2012. This work, based on years of research into the political and pagan origins of Judeo-Christian thought, follows in the tradition of such writers as Kahlil Gibran, Thomas Jefferson ("The Jefferson Bible") and Robert Graves ("King Jesus"). It examines the life of Jesus in biblical style through the lens of sources including the canonical gospels, the Jesus sutras, the Gnostic gospels and the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
His second book, "Requiem for a Phantom God," provides a critique of monotheism from a historical and philosophical perspective, in the tradition of Christopher Hitchens.
Most recently, he has published "The Phoenix Principle: Pagan Birthright of the Christian God," a comprehensive look at the pagan and political underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian tradition. This exhaustive 736-page work will appeal to readers of Sir James Frazer's "The Golden Bough." It offers a look at the strand of mystical tradition that runs from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, through Jewish and Christian lore to the legends of Robin Hood and King Arthur.
Also in the non-fiction category, he produced "Undefeated," a series of vignettes focusing on individuals who have triumphed over bullying, bigotry and oppression.
More recently, he has published three works of fiction:
* "Feathercap," a new fairytale for children and adults.
* "Identity Break," the first installment in a new "Identity Quest" YA/science fiction/adventure series and the author's first novel.
* "Artifice," a novella in the "Identity Quest" series.
The author's latest work is "The Way of the Phoenix," a collection of original fables, parables and proverbs. He has also published an anniversary special edition of "The Gospel of the Phoenix," with reformatted text, dozens of classic illustrations and some 60 pages of author commentary.
The author has lectured occasionally on the pagan origins of Christianity and continues to research the development of religious traditions. He has worked as an editor, columnist, educator and reporter and serves as editor of the young adult novels "Mad World: EPIDEMIC" and "Mad World: SANCTUARY" by Samaire Provost. He lives in California with his wife, stepson, two cats and one dog.