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August 18, 2019

Where did the story come from? It was a long time ago, but I can remember a dream, and I usually say that that was the starting point. I think it was the start. I think it was the spark that took some ideas I was working on and put life into it, ignited my passion for it, urged me to find out more about what preceded the strange scene I had dreamed, and what might happen after it.


I was taking a sabbatical in Malaysia for a couple of years, practising the craft of fiction by writing short stories that were for my eyes only – crazy stuff that was just me allowing my creativity free reign. There was even one about how giraffes, all over the world, were suddenly able to fly. Mad, embarrassing t...

January 14, 2018

Write what you know, they say. I know the town where I grew up, so that was why Lydia’s story started in Hinckley. She had to travel somewhere else, though, and Alex had to come from somewhere else, so why did that somewhere else turn out to be Grimsby, about which I knew next to nothing at the time? I turned to the allegory to find it.

In conflating the two main allegorical themes of Ezekiel 38-39 and the Caucasus-gate fable of the Alexander Romances, I decided to draw a line on an atlas from Jerusalem to the middle of the Caucusus, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. This reflected Ezekiel’s prophecy that Gog of Magog would come from the north (from the perspective of the ancient I...

December 10, 2017

The image here was the first, rudimentary sketch of Lydia by Su Koh. It is nicely loaded with ambiguity and foreboding. Ambiguity of identity is central to the whole novel. This is conveyed in the name of I Am Not Gog’s protagonist, Lydia Japhethson.

There has been much speculation as to who the original Gog of Magog were and where their homeland was. I found the most commonly accepted location was somewhere in western Asia Minor, or stone age Anatolia, as it then was. At the time of Ezekiel’s prophecy about Gog of Magog, it had long been the empire of Lydia, which lasted 1200–546 BC. Ezekiel lived 622–570 BC.

It’s important to bear in mind that a tribe (or two) coming from the Lydian empi...

August 16, 2017

How might the rantings of a grumpy prophet in ancient Babylon come to throw light on who was really to blame for a murder in a quiet Leicestershire town in 2005? Or, for that matter, how might it help us figure out what the enigmatic UMDIP might be?

In one, short paragraph, the gist of a particular prophecy given by Ezekiel (38-39) is this: In the ‘latter times’, God will cause Gog of the land of Magog, in league with many other countries around the world, to besiege and attack Israel. God will then cause great losses among the attackers, by both turning them against each other and giving them some mysterious disease. Thus Israel will prevail and the whole thing will, once and for all, demo...

July 29, 2017

The surface story of Lydia’s journey is a fun and easy read (with some dark moments), and it is not at all necessary for the reader to even be aware of the complex allegorical scheme behind it in order to enjoy that story on its own terms. However, the allegory is there for enjoyment, too. It’s like a big puzzle for the reader to discover the clues and signposts and figure out what it all might mean when she puts the pieces together. I find that sort of thing stimulating and fun.



The allegory would only be completely obvious to people who are already very clued-up on various subjects. I hope most reasonably bright people with a passing familiarity with those subjects would get something fro...

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This is a repository of insights about the novel I Am Not Gog (and future work). There will be new insights every month or so until we have a full library and nothing is left unexplored. If you came here to find out more about the allegory of the novel, start by clicking HERE.

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I Am Not Gog. A novel by Matthew James Hunt.

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