It just is, and I don't know why!
I began the series which starts with The House on Blackstone Moor because I wanted to push the boundaries of what was acceptable in gothic romance; not talking racy, talking darkest gothic horror with romance, right? Sure! You know the spiel!
Okay, so--I then wrote Unholy Testament - The Beginnings which is MUCH DARKER than the first book. The demon Eco confesses all the many sins he has committed over the course of his existence. Now this is no walk in the park, this is pretty dark stuff some of it. Right? Yeah! But wait a second!
Unholy Testament - Full Circle is so much darker, I can't even believe it! It's the darkest thing I ever wrote.
I didn't plan it that way. In fact, I never use an outline (wish I could). It just evolved like that. I think the difference between Unholy Testament 1 and 2 is the characterization.
Those of you who have read The House on Blackstone Moor (and no excuses if you haven't as it's FREE at Amazon.com
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Eve Darton is introduced in the book.. She is evil and debauched. She is featured in Unholy Testament - Full Circle. Nothing is left out, every facet of Eve's depravity is recounted along with Eco's and Satan's too.
Unholy Testament - The Beginnings is priced at $.99! It comes with the first two chapters of Unholy Testament - Full Circle!
Okay now, about book 3:
Excerpt: bk 3 Unholy Testament - Full Circle
Here is an excerpt that tells of a devil pact. The character involved is James who appears in The House on Blackstone Moor and is quite an important character! Get my drift?
A fortnight later he was about to witness his first devil rite at Blackstone Moor.
He had already told me proudly he managed to pass his exams and would be taking a position at an asylum in the north. Marsh he said it was.
Marsh, you are familiar with that are you not Rose?
“Yes, I feel my work lies there with those unfortunates.”
I told him he would be a credit to the place. He looked pleased and proud.
At last it was time and I said it was and motioned him toward those dark steps that would lead to the pact creation. This was in Blackstone House which was nearly finished.
Yes, Rose. You remember the cellar there. That was where you discovered the food store; you see it isn’t just me or my vampires that feed off living humans!
"Down there?” he asked.
"Yes, son.” I smiled as I followed along.
The cellar looked most sinister as well it should have. If you really want to know the truth, we always endeavor to provide as creepy a mood as possible. And I must say we succeeded.
The cavernous cellar was the perfect setting. The shadows seemed to have shadows, great unknown sinister depths abounded.
Eve had done the altar up beautifully for there were great, black candles that surrounded it. Their wavering flames flickered and hissed adding to the tension.
Neither James nor I said a word, we just waited. Poor James jumped when a black cloaked figured suddenly emerged from the shadows.
“It is only Edmund,” I whispered. “He must be here.”
Edmund was assisting as ably as ever. He carried a large vessel, cut glass it was, like a big soup tureen. Actually it was for the blood. Yes it is a bit messy—but that is really the whole point of it. The vessels are used at the most exciting moment of the rite, when the blood flows.
Neither Satan nor Eve were there yet. They would come later. In truth they were in another room fornicating like mad in order, as Eve later put it—‘so that we might better get into the right frame of mind.’
I shrugged when she told me that, although I did feel the slightest bit jealous.
As we waited James confessed how frightened he was. I smiled when he said that for it was so typical of a human being. These people, who covet all sorts of wealth and privilege and promise away their souls, are always the same.
When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of the pact they always seem holier than though (if you’ll excuse the expression)—not only do they seem fearful, they look as though they’d run away if permitted to.
But alas they cannot. A pact is actually sealed upon request. Ask for one and you have already lost your soul for it is claimed immediately by Satan.
I have found most supplicants to be completely unaware of this.
Actually there is so much they don’t know. For instance, did you know there is light in souls? Yes actual light. Still, most of those who bargain have the darkest souls of all and never notice when their own is gone.
When it came time for James to be asked about his decision, he was certain or at least he tried to sound as though he was.
“I know what I am doing.” he said lying to me and to himself. “I understand the gravity of this pledge and what it will entail.”
Yes, that’s right—he didn’t yet realize it had already left his being. I said nothing; I merely smiled as I always do, then I said what I always say:
“Come, James and witness the blessed rites of the Kingdom of his Satanic Majesty!”
Another hooded figure appeared then. I knew it was Eve and sure enough when she stepped closer I could see her face. She was beautiful, her skin looked so white against the black hood; James was entranced.
She nodded toward the altar and then took her place at the side.
A young girl, not more than sixteen was brought out. She was carried in on a litter. Several of my coven were helping with this, each of them cloaked as well.
The girl was naked, her pale body struggling, but so securely was she fastened, she could barely move..."
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