Demons According To Sue
I’m working on a new series based entirely in demons and their world, set in Chicago, the first of which to be called The Sigil of Azazel. And it’s strange, how contemplating their biology, their metaphysical make-up, also tends to make me think about humanity itself.
In the Sigil series, demons are not wholly evil. There isn’t a really a great BAD or great GOOD in these novels, just various shades of people who do varying less bad or more bad things. I’ve also been working this series to have demons, (and mention of angels) without Christianity!
Let me say again, I am creating a world of demons and angels, SANS religion! There is no God here, not as an almighty creator, and you don’t go to “Hell” (which is actually NOT the name of the demonic realm) when you die. The Bible is sort of amalgamation of those “Old Wives” tales, things parents would tell their children to keep them in line, and then someone wrote a book about it just to make them listen.
I came to a decision a few weeks back, which was confounded by a reverie I had just moments ago walking to class. The decision was that my demons have souls. And my excuse was that they’re descended of angels, and angels obviously have souls. When the chosen few were cast out into the Wastelands as punishment for their part in the rebellion they were stripped of their wings, but no one creature can rob another of its soul. They wouldn’t be alive, the victims I mean.
And then I was thinking about souls and humanity on my quick jaunt to Writing for the Web just now. There seems to be some vast myth in the Christian religion, and any religion really, that all things bright and pure have souls and all things evil and bad with a capitol B do not. But how could we possibly make that assumption? Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, Adolph Hitler, Stalin; all of these people had or have souls. But when you look at them, either in pictures or videos or what have you, you know there is something not right in there. My point being: the presence of a soul does not mean one is good, just as darkness does not equivocate evil either.
There’s a lot more to them biologically, but I’m still digging into that. All I can say is that demons in the purest bloodline are naturally albino. So over the next few days I will be posting new character bios, maybe a snap shot here and there, and perhaps more personal-ish posts like this? Yeah? Oh! And a few flash fiction prompts I wrote for the class I just mentioned, which happen to feature the characters based here-in. Sorry I’ve been away so long, I’ve been dealing with a lot of fuckery that I didn’t want to bleed out on the page, not do I feel like sharing the negative. So! Welcome to the Sigil series, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, where demons have souls, and they’re not always bad people, they’re just not human.