Sunday, April 24, 2016

After Armageddon

I wanted to let everyone know that I completed my 9th full length novel this weekend!  I began working on this story back in January, and it's one of the darker and more unusual books I've written.  I promise that if Salvation Day doesn't get me burned at the stake, this one will.

After Armageddon is the story of what life would be like after the Apocalypse...if Satan wins instead of God.  It posits that the Book of Revelation was nothing more than propaganda designed to convince everyone that God's final victory over the Devil was inevitable and preordained.  This leads to massive overconfidence, and Satan wins in the Megiddo Valley, kills God, and enslaves humanity.  What would like be like in such a shitty circumstance?

The story is a lot more graphic than anything I've ever written, and in more ways than one.  There are horrific descriptions of violence, but it also delves into sexual depravity in ways that made me very uncomfortable writing.  Still, those parts were necessary in order to convey how bad things were.  Mankind basically became demon playthings, and lofty language and literary allusion just doesn't cut it in that scenario.

It's not all bad.  The spark of humanity that hopes, loves, and leans on each other comes alive to stand up to the demons and try to find a way out.  None of it is easy, and it's certainly not clean, but it flows within the confines of the universe it's set in, and it gets its point across.

I originally wanted to finish this story about a month ago, but things got in the way, and I dragged my feet as I seem wont to do sometimes.  But it's done.  It's also the last novel I will write for a while.  My first novel, Akeldama, will be out in May of 2017, and I need to devote my energy to getting it published.  While I may write the occasional short story - likely leading to a short story collection for book #10 - grand stories are going to have to take a backseat for a bit so I can actually get stuff in front of an audience.

Besides, I'm beat.  Nine novels in seven and a half years is enough for me to have earned a break.

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