Monday, July 15, 2013

Mythical Monday (18)

It seems there are many books based on or influenced by Myths and Mythological Beings.

There are so many different Mythology and Mythological Beings recorded. Some are very popular and well known, others not so much. There are many similar beings, yet different depending on the culture it’s based in.  The definition of Myth covers about anything in the Urban Fantasy/Fantasy realm to me.

I’ve invited authors to share briefly the Mythological being or Myth that influenced their character(s) or story, or what their character(s) are based on influencing their books.  Hosting here, one author and being or myth per week.


This week we have:
Fantasy author Tim Marquitz
Talking of Christian Mythos.

The Mythology of Meandering

This was a difficult post to write, trying to compress my scattered and chaotic thoughts and concepts into a coherent whole. As such, I ask for a little patience and that you bear with me through the rambling inanity. Or you can go take a nap. Whatever works for you.

Most apparently, my Demon Squad books delve into the Christian mythos prevalent in western society: angels, demons, God and the Devil. The mechanics of the mythology, the hierarchy, and the general concepts expressed are fairly basic and similar to much of what folks have already read about them and what can easily be found on Wikipedia and whatnot. But on closer examination, it becomes clear (at least I hope it does) that notion is much like the vision of a pool of calm water. It’s placid across the surface but it doesn’t necessarily reflect the turbulence beneath.

Amidst the idea that God is in His Heaven and we all fall beneath that halo of divine coverage, I felt there needed to be more to it than that. So, in imagining the Demon Squad world, I asked the questions as to what would happen if Earth had not been the only life created. How would things be if there were more entities existing not only beyond our plane of existence—such as in Heaven and Hell and Limbo—but what if there were tens of thousands of other planets and worlds and pockets of existence populated by entities created by this singular entity? What if the master plan was a work in progress? What would happen if it got out hand?

In thinking such, I added a sense of chaos into what had initially seemed so organized by pulling God and the
Devil from the mix. Suddenly, all the mythological rules were out the window. The reader now has no clue if the angels are good or the demons are bad or where mankind fits into the whole scheme of things, and that’s what makes it all work. Expectations are broken regularly and the standard mythology is anything but standard now. There’s a sense of hopeless abandon that colors the actions of everyone in the world, a cloying sense of humanity in the form of free will, the concept no longer reserved for man alone.

This is the world of the Demon Squad, a sprinkling rain falling over the pond of Christian mythos, the ripples spreading and distorting the reflection to the point of incoherence.


Author Bio:
Raised on a diet of Heavy Metal and bad intentions, Tim Marquitz has always been interested in writing, but it wasn't until about 1995 the urge became a compulsion. However, it would be many years later before the ability matched the interest. Fortunately, the two have reconciled...mostly.

Writing a mix of the dark perverse, the horrific, and the tragic, tinged with sarcasm and biting humor, he looks to leave a gaping wound in the minds of his readers like his inspirations: Clive Barker, Jim Butcher, and Stephen King.

A former grave digger, bouncer, and dedicated metalhead, Tim is a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts, and fighting in general.

He lives in Texas with his beautiful wife and daughter.

Find Tim Marquitz:
Site:  Tim Marquitz - Dark Fantasy Author
Facebook:  Tim Marquitz
Twitter:  @Marquitz

The Demon Squad Books:






14 comments:

  1. Sounds like he goes in an interesting direction with the angels and demon concepts we're familiar with.

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    1. Carol, it really is a neat take with these stories. :) Thank you.

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  2. That sounds so interesting. And even though Tim said his thoughts were chaotic, I thought he described everything very eloquently.

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    1. Ashley, glad you understood everything. :) I didn't think they wee chaotic either. :)

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  3. I do like things that start out as "what if". I think that is why I like exploring so many mythological worlds!

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    1. Melissa (B&T) Yep, I like that "what if" idea too. :D Thank you!

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  4. Hmmm definitely makes me wonder what type of world that would have created. Exceptionally interesting! Very much enjoyed reading the road from regular myth to this story's background. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. Jaclyn Canada, Oh, do hope you get to try these then. :D Thank you!

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  5. Curious for certain and unexpected. Thanks for the share!

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  6. And now finally, after this last book, I've stopped asking: And what about Jesus, Tim? What about Jesus?
    *sigh* I love The Demon Squad series so much. Resurrection especially.

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    1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library) You read them! Ooooh, that's sweet to hear. :D Thank you!

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  7. Thanks, everyone. Glad I wasn't too vague. Wasn't sure how my thoughts would come across. Thanks for having me, Melissa.

    And @Maja, sorry about the five book tease. :)

    Thank y'all.

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    1. Thank you Tim, for stopping by and participating. It was great to have you by. :) And yea, I got to get reading to get that answer that Maja got. ;) Thank you!

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