David Berger’s story “Pages Missing From the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq.” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 September 2020.
Somewhere along the way, about a year and a half ago, I got the notion of Superman appearing in the 17th or 18th century. And as a long-time fan of Samuel Pepys, it immediately occurred to me to use his Diary as a framework. (The entire Diary is available online.)
In order to keep Pepys’s rhythm, I copied and pasted parts of the book into my story, and then (very freely) converted his words into mine. In the early parts of the book, this was easy because it’s mostly a record of his comings and goings and eating and drinking (plus his sex life).
However, Pepys seldom described lengthy incidents, so in the description of the events at Bedlington, and in Pepys’s record of his own visit there, I had to wing it. BTW, Bedlington is a real place, and the church is real and the story of the Babe is … . I also did some research about the Roanoke colony and the Lollards to fill in the details.
It was a real trip putting the story together from its various parts. And I want to thank the editors of Metamorphosis for pushing me to lengthen and refine the tale.
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