My question is: If you use an immortal character as the villain, how do you kill him?
In Ancient Awakening the monster drained the life from his victims. He is an immortal.
The problem was how to resolve the dilemma. If an immortal is immortal, how can he be killed?
Dracula, Frankenstein and Dorian Grey are familiar names to readers of horror. They were disposed of handily by the authors, but that makes it more difficult for me to rid the world of my monster.
Dracula? I reread Bram Stoker’s tale with interest. He built the suspense in dribbles and drabs. I was fascinated and frightened by his weaving of ordinary life with the bizarre encounter with vampires. When he accomplished the destruction of Dracula, he’d built a total believability into his story. Wow.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly was a more difficult read. She had a literary background that shows in her writing and reflects the time she lived in. I was afraid of her monster. And glad it was banished to the icy reaches of the far North. Only he’s not dead, is he?
The Portrait of Dorian Grey is another story of undeath. Dorian choses to live forever, then makes the mistake of confronting the portrait that depicts all his sins. Makes me glad the only thing I see in my photos is an extra ten pounds and smile wrinkles.
I’ve been doing research on various stories of immortality. The vampire is alive and well in cultures around the world. It’s hard to write something fresh and frightening. Various Gods and Goddesses are also immortal: sort of a requirement I decided. When I printed a list it covered over a hundred pages. Too many choices, too little time.
I’m working on Ancient Curse, Book Three in the Finding Rhodes End Series. Should the villain be immortal? Maybe, but if he is, I need to find a way to kill him.
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