Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Guest Post: John B. Rosenman

I’m a Normal Person—Really I Am!
by John B. Rosenman

First, let me convince you I’m safe and normal.  I’ve been married forty-five years to Jane, the exact same woman.  We have two children who are normal in most ways.  If we put them in their coffins and close the lids at the crack of dawn, most of our problems are solved for the rest of the day.

Hmm, perhaps I’m not helping my case.

Anyway, unless I’m mistaken, the title of this site, Darkling Delights, suggests both Dark Delights and Delight in Darkness.  Well, recently, I revised one of my darkest stories whose title I hesitate to repeat in polite company.  Are you ready?  The story is “Wet Dreams,” and it is one of seven works of fiction—three novels and four stories—I have published with MuseItUp Publishing.  It explores the darkness and potential depravity of the human heart, the sadistic and sexual evil it is capable of.  In addition, it explores how little we sometimes know about each other as well as about ourselves.  Below is the cover, by Nika Dixon, which I believe captures much of the story’s disturbing flavor.

The truth is, many of us are drawn to darkness and evil, perhaps even hooked on it.  K.R. Morrison, who wrote the previous blog, is fascinated by vampires, which traditionally steal our souls and doom us to eternal damnation.  What, I ask you, could be darker and more terrifying than that?  I myself have written and published my share of vampire tales.  One major reason we write dark fiction is to try to get a handle on and conquer all the forces that cause us pain and rob our lives of hope and meaning.

I’ve published over 300 short stories and 20 novels and books of short fiction.  Not all, of course, are tales of Darkling Delights.  My novels, though, most often, tell stories of cosmic, transcendent Gods or evils—hostile alien invaders, seemingly invincible enemies of one kind or another—who invade Humanity’s Home and seek to destroy or conquer us.  To name a few, this is the case in Beyond Those Distant Stars (Mundania Press), and Inspector of the Cross and Dark Wizard (MuseItUp Publishing).  Sometimes, as with my African Science-Fiction Novel, A Senseless Act of Beauty, available both as an eBook from Crossroad Press and as an audiobook from, the heartless invaders are humans themselves, seeking to repeat Europe’s brutal colonization of Africa. 

Perhaps that is the ultimate Dark Delight, the realization that in the final analysis, the worst monster of all is ourselves.  This brings me back to the vampire myths, for aren’t vampires in all their incarnations derived from us?  Talk about lost innocence and perverse cravings!

PAM, Thanks so much for having me.


K.R. Morrison said...

Nice blog, John. In a nutshell, that is really what vampires are--soul-stealers. And I guess that is my greatest fear--that the souls that God made for Himself are so easily stolen away from Him by our own perverse wills. The dark is more interesting because we can't see what's there, and something beyond our ken lures us into it. Scary!

Your book, "A Senseless Act of Beauty", sounds really interesting. I will mark that down as a future acquisition.

Anonymous said...

John, I too am interested in A Senseless Act of Beauty - adding that to my TBR list!

KL Mullens

Miriam Newman said...

Nice post, John. And I'm glad to hear you let your children out occasionally. I have never tried writing "dark," other than the occasional head-lopping of historical romance, but I wonder if it could be considered a counter-phobic activity?

John B. Rosenman said...

Thanks, K.R., I enjoyed your blog, too. Yes, I think that's the most terrifying thing to think of, the possibility that we might so easily and stupidly give away our souls and participate in letting them be stolen. And darkness is an ultimate terror as well. Somehow what you can see leaves little too the imagination even if it can drive you mad. And Miriam, dark fiction is a counter-phobic activity. I hinted at this a little in my remarks. It's especially true if the good guys conquer the monsters in what you write. Thanks for your interest in A Senseless Act of Beauty. It's my longest, most experimental work, 115,000 words with stand-alone stories within the longer frame narrative which were professionally published and which relate thematically and otherwise to what happens in the larger story.

Marian Lanouette said...

I love the cover and who is to say what is normal