Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
As a Pantheist*, I feel duty bound to make a case for Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, or Lucifer, the Prince of Light, depending on which side of the fence you sit on. My friend Stephen Spencer devised a terrible fate for the Devil in his forthcoming Paul Mallory thriller "Chance of a Ghost." Lucky for him he has me as a critique partner(!).
After all, without giving away too much of Stephen's masterful plot, if the Devil were to be imprisoned for eternity, who would take charge of hell?
Think about it, it can't be an easy task. (Although shoving a huge pineapple up Hitler's arse once a day a la "Little Nicky" must be rewarding). There are some very nasty people in hell. At least, I like to think there are. Someone once said that the Devil gets first choice of souls, and whomever he rejects, St. Peter accepts. If that's true, judging by today's wickedness, we've all got an excellent chance of getting through those pearly gates. In this life, good things happen to bad people, bad things happen to good people. It's comforting to hope that after life, it will be payback time. Fortunately, Stephen's wife has made a decent job of convincing him that we women are usually right, and he agreed that: a) hell has to exist, and b) there has to be someone to run the damn place. Consequently, Stephen invented a new fate for the old Devil, and you can bet your life it's a beauty! Bentley Cramer would have me shot if I revealed anymore, so you guys will just have to wait until "Chance of a Ghost" is published – but the good news is you don't have to wait too long – keep a weather eye on Steve's site for updates here: Stephen Spencer, author of the Paul Mallory Thrillers.
*Pantheists are respecters of all religions and faiths. I just pray this doesn't mean I'm going to experience every single religion's version of hell after life.
The ancient Maya civilisation calculated the passing of time differently to our present Western society; as our calendars end on the 31st December each year, so their calendar ended on 12th December 2012. (Or 21st December 2012 – depending on which website you visit).
12/12/12 is a very attractive number though, and staying with ancient civilisations, the Greeks regarded the number three as the 'perfect number'. One and two make three, so this special date can also be read as 'three threes.'
An auspicious date then in anyone's calendar. To celebrate the world not ending on that day, "The Griffin Cryer", a new fantasy will be published.
So, 12/12/12 won't be the end of planet Earth, but the beginning of the chronicles of Ella-Earth – our world's twin. If you can persuade a friendly griffin to fly you between parallel universes, you'll find in that world, our own planet is referred to as "Ella-Earth" and has a mythical status. With that thought, somehow the whole world seems a little more magical.
Wishing any readers of Mayan descent a Happy New Year – I hope you celebrate in style – and for all readers, there's an open invitation to join Griffin Post on facebook – where you can help celebrate the birth of a new era.
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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