I’ll Make It SimpleJuly 8, 2012
A big criticism of my Pazuzu Trilogy is the story is complex. It is, I admit, and the books are chockful of visual imagery, insinuation, projection and intellectualization and displacement. The trilogy is named for the demon because this is his story. Readers must remember, Pazuzu has his talons wherever I take my audience. His presence is progressively less subtle until he’s in the flesh – that’s the second book, Pazuzu Emergence.
Although, the illustrations are base. I thought this tactile representation of the godless Shur desert would create a realistic fantasy novel. I believe it works – but I’ve yet to get genuine criticism. I’m not discounting what anyone’s told me, but by their own admissions – “It’s not what I usually read.”
I wasn’t certain what people meant whenever they uttered the disclaimer, until I recently realized they were speaking of my obstinate use of a Passive Voice. Well, I hope that’s been corrected with my latest revision. The story now sounds less complex. All the guts are still inside, but I’ve embraced an Active Voice. Despite the recently updated Preface in Pazuzu Manifestation and the new cover artwork, the story remains at its Ninth Revision. I won’t write a Tenth unless I find major issues or I’m suddenly inspired to make changes across all the books.
The Preface and artwork have been updated only because they’re so good. I want readers to have them right away – and that’s why I also scrapped plans to offer my old revisions throughout the summer of 2012. Hey, if you weren’t reading them then, you won’t read the old copies now. I’m done with them. It’s the Ninth and thereafter.
Speaking of artwork, I have a new Pazuzu Trilogy trailer…
Of course it’s complicated – I’m summing three books in the minute. But here are the new images of the demon I have on the book covers. I simply lopped the head of the two-faced vulture and replaced it with the black-and-white avatar I made. The title is “The Call to God” because that’s what you hear. The Chosen caste have usurped the role of the Creator and driven Him away. The call to the Church in Capital is unanswered because all the priests are Aped and no one remains to pick-up the phone.
(spoiler – Pazuzu is here and it’s safe to assume the demon has engineered the whole scenario – the drugs, the murdered priest, the extortion – oh, read the story…)
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