Have you ever seen a ghost? Thankfully, we haven’t! That’s because there are no such things as ghosts! (SHEWW, that’s a relief!)
But wait a minute, the title of this blog said that there are demons…that’s not good *cringe*. Are you scared yet?
Growing up in a Lutheran church, we learned from an early age that ghosts don’t exist. But don’t get too excited; it’s not as comforting as it sounds. Although our church does not acknowledge the existence of ghosts, it does profoundly recognize the reality of demons.
What does that mean?
When Satan was cast out of heaven, the Bible says that one-third of the angels followed him. Their new residence obviously didn’t have the charm, beauty, and altogether perfection as the home they were kicked out of. (There isn’t a whole lot you can do with fire and brimstone; it’s hot and it doesn’t smell good at all.) Now, Satan and his army of fallen angels want nothing more than to drag God’s most precious creation—humans—down to hell. (If they have to live eternity in pandemonium, then so should mortals.)
And what’s the best way to do that?
Satan sends his fallen angels, A.K.A. demons, out to entice humans, hoping to capture their souls and damn them to an eternity in hell. In Satan’s eyes, it’s the perfect retribution to what God has done to him.
Throughout history there have been countless stories of demon possession. From the Bible to Hollywood, demons have plagued humanity for centuries. Satan, being the cunning and deceitful liar he is, sends his demons out into the world in the form of “ghosts.” If a human believes they are seeing the soul of a person who has died, then that means the deceased person has bypassed his or her eternal, final destination. And if that can happen, one might start to wonder if heaven and hell even exist or God for that matter. This kind of doubt is exactly the fuel that Satan needs to destroy the relationship between humans and God, which is his ultimate purpose.
Soooooo…What does all of this have to do with our book, you ask?
Well, since our characters live in a real town with an official gate to hell, we needed an explanation for the absurd amount of paranormal activity occurring. We borrowed some of this Lutheran doctrine and used it to develop our mythology. THE ONLY EXCEPTION is a novel filled with demonic encounters. Many of these encounters are based loosely on actual events that have been rumored and recorded to have happened in Collinsville, Illinois. But don’t get too freaked out just yet! You can still rest easily after reading our novel; because, after all, there are no such things as ghosts.