In The Keepers, the villain is a fallen angel turned demon. He actually had human qualities and although he was evil, there was something about him that made readers pity him. Despite the fact the he was clearly on the wrong side, he wasn’t hard to look at and for a moment Jess was pulled in by his appearance and charm. In a lot of movies, the demons are monstrous creatures with no human qualities what so ever. Even the demons I later wrote about in Jamais Vu, were horrible creatures made up of decomposing mounds of flesh and bone.
So what exactly are they, and why do we find them so intriguing?
Demons have been defined as everything from fallen angels to evil spirits capable of possessing their human counterparts. We even use the word to describe those with a great passion for something, such as speed demons. Some people even believe that demons are just the manifestation of the evil nature that bubbles just beneath the surface of every human and that, that is why we find them so fascinating.
The original greek word “Daimon” didn’t even carry a negative connotation. It simply meant a spiritual being. It wasn’t until the Hebrew Bible that the word became something more malevolent.
Throughout history there have been many definitions of the word demon. Here is a peek:
1. Mesopotamia – There were 7 evil entities knows as storm demons. They appeared as winged bulls and were considered to be God’s divine wrath.
2. Ancient Arabs – The jinn were lower divinities with human attributes. They liked humans and were peaceable by nature.
4. Christianity – Christians have had a wide variety of definitions for the word demon. They can be spirits that inhabit a person or place, fallen angels, unclean spirits or the followers of Satan.
5. Isalm – Jinn coexist with humans and are not evil.
Demons can be painted in many ways and have throughout the ages, but one thing is for sure. They always make great fictional fodder.
Monique O’Connor James
Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu, The Mulligan Man, Deja Vu published by Astraea Press
Coming Summer 2012 – Becoming Jolie published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing