Friday, December 23, 2005

Deleted Requiem scene

As a little Christmas gift to readers, I've posted the lost prologue (PDF format*) to Requiem for the Devil, which takes place in Bethlehem about a day after the Nativity.

The short prologue, like the epilogue, is written in objective point-of-view, which means the reader is not privy to any character's thoughts. My editor at Warner decided to cut it, thus robbing the book of its structural symmetry but not, I admit, of any crucial story elements.

Personally, I thought the prologue worked because it showed how Lucifer, until he met Gianna, truly did not comprehend the meaning of love, and was particularly confounded by the nature of his Father's love for humanity.

Be charitable when you read it; I wrote it several years ago when my style was a bit less sophisticated. And have a happy holiday, whichever one(s) you celebrate.

*Download the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe here if you don't have it (you probably do). I'll post an HTML version of the prologue as soon as I can format it.



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