Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I have used many elements for my stories. Elements from history, mythology, superstition, and so on. Many of my stories are actually based on real life incidents. The witch craze and the burning times, the black plague, and numerous wars. I have also taken a lot of inspiration from actual people as well. The Marquis De Sade, Elizabeth Bathory, Aleister Crowley, Gilles De Rais, And Vlad Tepes (otherwise known as 'Dracula') are but a few out of many that have inspired me. And then there is the one character who is very prevalent in all my stories, the one character who has inspired me like no other. The Devil.
Ever since I was a young child, this character has brought to me nothing less than fascination. I believe it is this fascination, coupled with other reasons as well, that brought me to writing horror in the first place. It is with this character in mind that I have the point of view in my stories based around the villain.
I find it amusing that all ancient cultures have there own version of him. The Ancient Egyptians had two Gods that were very similar to the Devil, Atep and Set. The Ancient Greeks and Romans had Hades and Dis. Zoroaster, the religion of ancient Persia, had Angra Mainyu or 'Ultimate Darkness'. The Germanic's had Loki(whose daughter is appropriately named Hel). It is interesting to note that when the church in the dark ages actually put a face on the Devil, they took features from the Egyptian God Seth, and the Ancient Greek deity Pan. It is because of that, that people associate The Devil with serpents and him having horns and cloven hooves. Facts of this nature have inspired me my whole life and continue to do so today!