The author of a novel which proposes Christ’s last resting place is at the bottom of booby-trapped island pit is now in negotiations over film rights.
The 9th Heresy tells the story of two friends following a global trail of clues found on a mysterious 13th century religious parchment.
This becomes a quest for the tomb of Christ which leads them on the historical trail of the Knights Templar and Cathars - to the famous Oak Island ‘money pit’ - situated off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Author Spencer Wilder penned the book from his Old Leake home, weaving historical facts and theories into a fictional plot.
“The storyline, although fictional, is laced with fact pertaining to the final resting place of Jesus Christ in the fabled Money Pit on Oak Island,” he said.
“It also contains alleged truth of the Montsegur Cathars, Bérenger Saunière and the church in Rennes le Château in France, the Knights Templar and the treasure they discovered beneath Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
“I had to call the novel a work of fiction for obvious reasons - though my belief is the Templars took Christ’s body to Oak Island and created the ‘Money Pit.”
Spencer, 47, said he fell in love with the history and myths surrounding the Knights Templar after reading Holy Blood, Holy Grail 20 years ago.
The book, by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln - inspired the famous Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
The 9th Heresy has enjoyed success - having been on the New York Times Best-Seller list and received five-star reviews on Amazon. One reviewer wrote: “The 9th Heresy is an interesting read, if you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code then I thoroughly recommend it.”
Spencer said: “I am now in negotiations over film rights. I’m not expecting it to be a big Hollywood production, but it’s all very exciting.”
He added: “It’s taken me 20 years to get to this point - lots of research, a good idea and a lot of luck.”
The book is out now at all good bookshops, priced £10.99 or £3.48 on Amazon Kindle.