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Synopsis of David Angsten's Night of the Furies

Two brothers and a beautiful archaeologist exploring ancient mysteries in the Greek Isles get swept into a deadly maelstrom of Bacchanalian horror.

It was the greatest secret of the ancient world, held under penalty of death.  It lasted over millennia.  A procession of thousands pouring out from Athens to gather on the plains of Eleusis.  The giants of empires all took part - Socrates, Plato, Pericles, Augustus, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius.  An hallucinogenic elixir was poured.  Secret, sacred objects revealed.  In the great dark Hall of Initiation, an awe-inspiring transformation took place, a profound experience of death and rebirth. 

Such was the celebrated pagan rite known as the Eleusinian Mysteries…

Midnight.  Three figures descend a perilous cliff to the site of the Oracle of Delphi.  Jack Duran has joined his older brother Dan to perform an unusual - and unauthorized - experiment.  With the help of Dan’s girlfriend, the brilliant young archeologist Phoebe Auerbach, the trio will put the famous Oracle to the test.

Breathing fumes in the ruins of the Oracle’s temple, Phoebe falls into a trance of possession and succumbs to a terrifying vision, a foreboding premonition of horrors to come - and a clue to the secret of the Mysteries.

The clue leads Jack and Dan to a magnificent yacht crossing the Aegean.  Soon they’re plunged into a mind-blowing orgy with a bevy of irresistibly seductive women.  But the unrestrained erotic frenzy ends in a grisly killing.  Dan has disappeared.  Now a fugitive on a mysterious island, Jack must enlist Phoebe’s help to uncover the islanders’ hidden past - and face the fanatical vengeance of the Furies. 

A contemporary adventure thriller inspired by The Bacchae of Euripides, Night of the Furies is a dark and exhilarating journey into Dionysian madness and horror.