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Day 6: Depiction of Religious Entities in DEVIL’S DESSERT

Cover art for "Devil's Dessert"31 Days of Halloween continues, and here’s a post about my 5th novel, DEVIL’S DESSERT.  Different religions have different depictions of God, the Devil and the countless angels and demons.  Trying to take them all into account can be a tedious task, but it was well worth it in the end.  So just how does a book about demons respect each faith?

 

In truth, it probably doesn’t.  It’s too controversial of a topic to delve deep into it, but I can say I tried to make them all the “real” faith.  Though I was raised Catholic, I’ve learned to respect everyone’s beliefs or disbelief.  Luckily for me, there is a lot of common ground with which to work here.

 

This book’s version of “God” and the “Devil” are unique.  Instead of calling them those nouns, I described them as the yin and yang of sorts.  It is about the eternal war between light and darkness (good and evil).  After reading DEVIL’S DESSERT you could come to the conclusion that these entities are not the true God and devil or that they are.  It is up to the reader to decide at this point.

 

Lux Lucis was the name I gave to the embodiment of Light (God).  The name is derived from Latin meaning “The One Light”.  Tehum, on the other hand, means Darkness, and is the name I gave the dark entity (the Devil).  Their goals differ from one another, so they aren’t necessarily good or evil because they must co-exist in order for the universe to continue forward.  It would be oblivion without the other, yet only the Light seems to know this.

 

From Light was created darkness, and from them the angels and demons.  For the main angels I took common archangel type characters (Michael, Raphael, Metatron, etc) and had them each as representatives for a heavenly virtue.  The same goes for the demons representing vices, only with the demons, common names for the devil were used.  In other words, I chose to use the name Satan as the demon of wrath, while Lucifer is an entirely different darkness, both of which are separate from the actual “devil”.

 

There are other minor angels and demons on each side, but those are not the focus of the story.  The war between heaven and hell finally has a grand battle on earth with humanity stuck in between, searching for a way to remain a separate side.  While some have chosen a side, our main characters have preservation of the human race in mind.  In other words, they are saying “Take your war somewhere else.”

 

When it came to my depiction of Hell, I relied heavily on Dante’s Inferno for ideas.  I always loved the painting and felt that it was as true a representation as could be.  I took those ideas and tied them in with the descriptions of hell from the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, and others texts.  Then I created the place with my own additional thoughts.  We see a moment where Cain is seeking revenge and wants to kill “God”.  In order to do so, he must trek through each of the levels of Hell and then Heaven (which quite literally are both embodiments of the individuals fears or bliss).

 

Purgatory and Limbo are also domains bridging the gaps between those realms and Earth, and they are touched upon as well.  Although some extreme believers or non believers would take issue with the way I portrayed certain things, I stand firmly by the proof that you can’t make everyone happy.  There were weeks of research into the many religions out there and I really tried to understand the individual perspectives.  My respect for them all is my way of delivering my own type of message and that is that we should all be able to coexist peacefully.

 

This by far was my most difficult book to write because I wanted it to be something special and inclusive for everyone.  The novel DEVIL’S DESSERT is available for kindle and in print, via links on the right side of the page.  Coming soon will be the graphic comic spinoff DEMONIC ENTITIES.

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Halloween Spotlight: Demons

WP_000600By Rick Pipito

After battling zombies, vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, my next venture for Gordon Lightcap and his allies became Demons.  Now, when I say demons, I am referring to fallen angels.  Therefore, I classify demons and angels into the same category.  “Devil’s Dessert” is my fifth novel in the series, and its soon to be graphic spinoff “Demonic Entities”, bring a fresh take on religion and demons.

Here are the types of “demon” related things in my stories…

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1) Religion and Faith: While most stories about demons and gods focus on a particular religion, my interpretation incorporates them all.  Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and even Atheism are all parts of what make us human beings.  Teachings from all of these exist side by side in my novels to some extent, and while Christianity is the main driving force, it does not negate or look down upon any of the others, and is only part of the puzzle.

2) God and The Devil: These supreme beings are represented as being the Yin and Yang.  Lux Lucis is the name that describes the One Light.  He is the beginning of all.  Tehum, is the name he gave to his opposite.  He created Tehum, which by name means “Darkness without Form”.  They are not shown just as good and evil, but more Light and Dark.

3) Demons Generals: Tehum created seven generals, each with a vice as their strength.  Each of them appears demonic in their own way.  Satan is the demon of wrath.  Mammon is represented by Greed.  Belphagor’s power is sloth.  The ever prideful Lucifer is only seconded by the lustful Asmodeus.  The envious one is Leviathan, and Beezelbub is empowered by gluttony.

4) Archangels: Lux Lucis designed seven angelic generals to balance out the darkness with his light.  Michael is patient, Raphael is charitable, and Metatron is diligent.  Humility is represented by Azrael.  Gabriel is chaste.  Uriel is kind.  Finally, Zadkiel, is powered by temperance.  These flawless looking beings protect the Light with their gifts.

5) Nephilim: A Nephilim is a half breed.  It is an androgynous (not female or male) being designed by the angels of light and the demons of darkness to scout on Earth.  While the single forces of light and dark were once not permitted to interfere with humanity, the Nephilim, who goes by the name Daeva, has walked among the human race for eons.

6) Heaven: The domain of Lux Lucis and the Light’s forces.  Whomever is admitted to this realm will experience paradise specific to them.  The souls admitted to this realm become angels over time, and though they are not as powerful as the Archangels, they protect their paradise with every bit of their will power.

7) Hell: Tehum’s realm of darkness is a place souls do not want to be.  After surviving the multiple levels of pain, anguish, and torment, all humanity becomes a void of darkness in one’s soul.  They then become part of the demon army, and while not as powerful as the generals of Tehum’s army, they strive to give others the same experience as heir own… Living Hell.

8) Purgatory and Limbo: Purgatory is the bridge between Heaven and Hell, while Limbo is the space surrounding them both, which bridges the gap to the physical world.

9) Secrecy: The Knights Templar, Illuminati, and Free Masons are only some of the secretive organizations meant to protect or expose the truth behind the origins of man and more.  Throughout the millennia, they have fought to do so, and yet all originate from one organization that remains a mystery even to this day.

10) Ancient Artifacts: Certain things left behind by Light or Dark influence still exist today, and they are humanity’s only hope of restoring order and maintaining balance.  The Crown of Thorns, Sword of Eden, and Spear of Destiny are a few of these things that may just hold the key to our survival or doom.

11) Events and Places: The Vatican archives in Porta Di S Anna Italy, Notre Dame in Paris, and the biblical war between heaven and Hell are represented well, and there is much more than common man knows to they mysteries behind them.

12) Appearances and Manifestations: Lesser demons and angels alike have various looks about them.  If they are able to initiate symbiosis with a human, that human will over time, tend to pick up some of these traits.  Horns, wings, tails, shadowy presence, and halo like ambience are only some of these characteristics.

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The research involved in the writing of this entry in the saga required two bottles of wine for brainstorming.  Dan and I again sought out bottles that remain true to the current theme.  These are pictured above with the novel, and soon the graphic novel cover will be presented as well.

Categorizing our favorites in this one was a little tricky, so we narrowed it down to anything doing with demons, angels or heaven and hell.  Here are some of our fave picks.

Rick’s choice for best movie related to heaven and hell, is “This Is The End.”  His favorite demon character is Ghost Rider.  Although not entirely angel and demon in presence, Dan Brown’s book series featuring Robert Langdon is his favorite.  For Video Games, Rick enjoys the “Doom” series.

Dan’s choice for best movie related to heaven and hell is “What Dreams may Come.”  His favorite demon character is Spawn.  “The Divine Comedy” (with Dante’s Inferno) is Dan’s favorite depiction of Heaven and Hell in a book.  And his favorite demon related video game is the Devil May Cry series.

What are your favorites?  Are you an angel or demon fan?  Grab yourself a copy of “Devil’s Dessert” the novel.  It is available at www.lulu.com in softback book and on www.amazon.com for the Kindle.  Also, the spinoff comic book “Devil’s Dessert: Demonic Entities” will soon be available for purchase at www.indyplanet.com.  Help support our Demon devouring.

“Devil’s Dessert” and its spinoff are (C) 2012 by Rick Pipito.  Stay tuned for our technological spotlight…


“Devil’s Dessert” Interview with author Rick Pipito

The following is an interview conducted with author Rick Pipito about the novel Devil’s Dessert:

Q: This is the fifth book in your Flesh and Leftovers series.  It is also the first book to stray a little from your previous formats, but continues to be effective for the overall arc.  Why did you decide to do it this way?

Rick: The idea is the same, but for each individual chapter, I had to take a different approach.  They still remain separate stories, but tie in directly, instead of the way that they were secondary in the prior novels.  The whole book happens in the present except for the mentions of how it all started.  It was only logical to do it this way, as I don’t feel that scattering it through history would have been as effective.

Q: By far, this is my favorite of the series.  How do you plan to top what you did here?

Rick: It will be difficult, but I think I can handle it well.  There is more at stake with the main characters now.  Moira and Gordon are dealing with a new stage in their lives, and they are all on the run.  The media knows these people exist.  The characters will have to watch their backs every step of the way, while dealing with an all new threat that is perhaps the most dangerous one yet. 

Q: Can you elaborate on this threat more?  Where will book 6 take us?

Rick: We’ve dealt with zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and demons.  It has been building up since book 1, and you may not have even realized it, but technology will be the antagonist.  How can we fight something that we depend upon for everything?  It’s going to be the most difficult thing we’ve encountered in this series; so far.

Q: Regarding the religious aspect, did you find it difficult to write?  What are your thoughts on possible controversy involved?

Rick: I was raised Roman Catholic, and have been fascinated with faith since I was a child.  The stories and mysteries involved are intriguing.  I researched a dozen other faiths as well before beginning this novel.  I wanted to appease to ALL audiences, not just one.  Even Atheists can enjoy this.  The only controversy that will be is people being offended that I’m taking into account ALL faiths and not just theirs.  If they want to cause a stir, I say go ahead.  It will only make more people want to read it.  Look what it did for Dan Brown.  The Da Vinci Code was considered so controversial, and it made people want to read it because of that fact.  Of course, it being a great novel also helped.  

Q: Do you have any favorite angel or demon stories that are not your own?

Rick: It seems a bit clichéd, but “The Exorcist” is at the top of my list, followed by “Evil Dead” (the original), and I’d say the first “Silent Hill” game.

Q: The characters at the end of this book are being thrust into this new scenario that you mentioned, and will have to adjust to this new way of life.  I was shocked by what you did here, but in a good way.  Can you give us a hint as to how the characters will cope in their new roles?

Rick: Fighting a threat, adjusting to changes, finding an old enemy, and emotional roller coasters?  You’ll have to tune in to see. 

Q: Your brother, Dan Pipito came up with the art for the cover again.  Tell us about that process.

Rick: We kept with the theme for this trilogy.  It was very simple, but has three of the main artifacts involved in the story:  The Crown of Thorns, The Spear of Destiny, and The Sword of Eden.  We went back and forth a few times on color, and detail possibilities.  We agreed that it would be better to have less detail, as to not focus on those objects before reading the novel.  It’s always a pleasure for me to see what Dan does next.

Q: Is Jason Black going to be a secondary character again in the next novel or will you bring him in as a main villain?

Rick: He will be brought in as the main baddie in the future, but not quite yet.  He will have a little more of a role than he did in this one; as we will finally see what it is that he is up to. 

Q: How much research went into the angels and demons, and where did you get the names for God and the Devil?

Rick: They were more difficult than the religions themselves.  I looked into angels and demons for each of the seven deadly sins and the virtuous counterparts.  Angel names were by the plethora, but demon names associated with particular sins were not.  I decided to take different names for the Devil himself to be the demonic names, and closely researched each one.  As far as God and the Devil, I’d rather call them what they are in the book (Light and Darkness).  I wanted them to be something godly, and equal counterparts.  Tehum literally means formless darkness in Hebrew.  In Latin, Lux Lucis means light.  Those were the only logical decisions for names of “God and the Devil”.

Q: You also have a new artist doing some amazing interior art.  Was this your decision?

Rick:  Yes.  I was halfway through writing this book and realized it was the first in the series that I hadn’t planned at least some form of art in one of the pages.  We were underway with the next graphic novel, and I didn’t have enough room for everyone with new artists on board.  Sakura Jones is an impressive artist with a great style.  She had done 2 graphic novels with us, so I asked if she could do three pieces for this book; One each for the beginning, middle and end of the story.  I’m thrilled to work with her again.

Q: What have been the biggest writing challenges with this novel and the series?

Rick: It gets harder as I go.  The first novel was a learning experience.  Then I planned out the whole series, and I have to wrap things up and transition for each one.  The closer I get to the real end of the series becomes difficult.  I have to keep it interesting and try to top the one prior to it.  If I can’t do that, then there is no point for me as a writer to continue on with it.  I have it planned in a way so that each book focuses on something different.  I don’t want to do the same thing twice.  Making each one “better” than the prior, is the biggest challenge.  I feel I’ve come a long way since the first book, and I’ve received feedback from readers that love each installment better than the last.

Q: You mentioned hints in previous books.  Are there any little “easter eggs” in this one?

Rick: Haha.  Yes.  I of course included my own Twitter account into the story to see if anyone will chime in with their thoughts for the topic discussed in the book.  It works into the story, but this way it is as if the reader is part of the universe itself.  Also, the end of the epilogue has a zeroes and ones code.  Something is hidden within that.

Q: What will the sCrypt Comics graphic spinoff be called?

Rick:  The spinoff will be sCrypt comics issue #5, and titled “Devil’s Dessert: Demonic Entities”.  Look for it sometime early next year (2014)

Q: Do you have a projected release on the next novel in this series?

Rick: “Techno Feast” will come out 4th quarter this year.  A perfect gift for the holidays.

Q: Any major sponsors or Hollywood ?

Rick: Not yet.  I’m still trying to get the word out there, but having to support my family and working 50 hours a week NOT doing writing, makes it hard to find the right connection.

Q: Where can anyone get a copy of “Devil’s Dessert”?

A: Devil’s Dessert is available on www.lulu.com in print.  Or you can get it for the Kindle on www.amazon.com .   My other novels are in both those places as well, so check them out, and spread the word.