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Bringing Life to the Original Two-Dimensional Villain

Updated: Feb 8, 2020


“Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 * Jesus said to them in reply, “See that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. 6 b You will hear of wars* and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end. 7 c Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. 8 * All these are the beginning of the labor pains. 9 * d Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; 12 and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold..."

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

We live in a world which is increasingly one of conflict and confusion.

Many appear to take this as a sign that the End Times are coming, in fact many ancient cultures predict such an event in one form or another. In literature, especially our particular area of the Self-published or Indie Author, battles between immortal beings of great power, the world post-apocalyptic, the zombie plagues have become rather popular indeed. Even mainstream entertainment has seen a sharp upturn in demand for these genres. Some might call it zeitgeist. Some might call it a sign of the times, which us actually the same thing only not in German. Others might call it prophesy.

The #ChroniclesOfEnoch call it The Canvas.

The character of Lucifer was always going to be a challenging one of present as well as a controversial one. He's been done before. We have the lusty beast of Legend, we have the nebulous metaphor of Keyser Soze. We have de Niro's excellent foil to Keanu's moral lawyer. We have the comic book anti-hero of @neilgaiman 's creation....there are a great many. We even chuckle as autocorrect applies a perhaps subtle alteration to the name of the actor who faced two incarnations of Lucifer (played excellently Robert de Niro and Peter Stormare)... irony? No, we don't think so. Coincidence? We've never believed in that. Maybe that fine Hawaiian actor who refuses to age is hiding something? There is a conspiracy theory about that.

So, in representing Lucifer, we are not concerned with a dearth of information and representation, rather than with quite a wealth of it. Let us take a small aside and explain something important about the origins of the Chronicles. We have always been fascinated by conspiracy theories, not the actual theories themselves, though. No, we are more intrigued by their existence and also by the sheer quantity of them, of humanity's seeming inexhaustible need for them. So contradictory are most of them that we started to wonder. Where did they come from, why did so few agree or appear to undermine one another, and what could their purpose possibly be? At this point, we welcomed Asmodeus in what appeared to be his perfect incarnation.