Erik Williams is a former Naval Officer and current defense contractor (but he’s not allowed to talk about it). He is also the author of the novel Demon and numerous other small press works and short stories. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife and three very young daughters. When he’s not at his day job, he can usually be found changing diapers or coveting carbohydrates. Visit Erik at his website or follow him on Twitter as @TheErikWilliams.
You may be reading the title to this post thinking, “Why would you write about Dan Brown’s schlocky well worn thriller?” Don’t worry, I’m not talking about that book or its subject matter. I’m talking about the spiritual entities you may or may not actually believe in. You know, angels and demons.
Now you might thinking, “Well, who the hell are you and why do you want to talk to me about angels and demons, let alone writing about them?” Hmm. That’s a good point. Well, I’m Erik Williams. I’m the author of the supernatural thrillers Demon and Guardian. Both are chockfull of, you may have guessed, angels and demons. Along with CIA assassins, secret societies, and a host of other bad characters looking sow destruction around the world. If you haven’t read them, you should go buy them now. Seriously, they’ll change your life.
Anyway, why’d I write about angels and demons? Easy. They’re awesome. Oh, and they’re ripe for exploring. I mean, we all know the demonic tropes: pure evil, brutal, interested in only tormenting us mortals. And that’s fine. But I wanted to explore the “why” of why they’re that way. Why once good angels fell. According to most stories, they chose to fall. To disobey god. That’s an interesting damn angle to explore. Not just from the “we’re better than humans” angle. I mean more from the idea they chose to be disobedient to their all powerful creator. That takes ball, man. But it’s also complex. Far, far from simple. And definitely worth writing about.
Angels? Well, they’re the ones who stayed loyal to their creator, right? They beat the hell out of the fallen angels and cast them out of the heavenly realm. They’re pure badassness. But what they’re not all sunshine and happy faces. These are beings of light. Beings of fire. And they do exactly what there are told to do by the big boss man. You know, like lay cities to waste. Standard fare. Who wouldn’t want to write about them?
There’s a great quote from the film The Prophecy, spoken by a now fallen angel Gabriel. It pretty much sums up the point of this whole post: “I’m an angel. I kill firstborns while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls from little girls, and from now till kingdom come, the only thing you can count on in your existence is never understanding why.”
Well, I wanted to explore that “why”. Hopefully, you’ll think I did a damn good job.