Mark A. Carter

LUCIFERA / LUCIFER (the devil dialogues)
a chapter excerpt from the novel

World famous Canadian Science Fiction novelist Mark A. Carter shares an excerpt of the Devil Dialogues from Hephzibah of Heaven between the Seraph Hephzibah and her twin sister Hephaestia nicknamed Lucifera who has been thrown down, metamorphosed, and become Lucifer.

The concept of Lucifera and Lucifer came about in my Mythpunk novel Hephzibah Of Heaven because I have always had a problem imagining the Devil being the equal of God. So, in this fiction I imagined the Devil to be Seraph, close, but no cigar, and vastly inferior. I imagined Hephaestia nicknamed Lucifera as the older twin sister to Hephzibah nicknamed Sheba. It is Lucifera who is originally betrothed to the Son of God, but is destined to fall from the moment of her creation, as her part in the deific drama written in God's Great Book. In keeping with the overall paradigm of the novel, Lucifera is created as female Seraph and metamorphoses into male, as corruption takes hold. The only exception to this female / male paradigm is the Son himself who is created male from the outset, and is, after all, a God within the Trinity.

I was tempted to call Hephzibah of Heaven the Devil Dialogues because the verbal arguments between Hephzibah and Lucifer became so interesting to write. The following is an example:



"Do you think I am not as great as He Who Has No Name, the One, or the Holy Host?" asked Lucifer.

"You are not," said Hephzibah.

"Shall I cast you into the Pit to show you I am as powerful as I say?" asked the Lord of Light.

"You are powerful," said Hephzibah, "as am I, but you are no match for the Father. You cannot create a multiverse. You are the reflection of sunlight upon the moon. He is the sun. You are the shadow cast by God. He is God."

Lucifer heard Hephzibah's words, but he did not comprehend them. To him, her words were the mindless clucking of a hen.

"I will let you in on a little secret," said Lucifer. He Who Has No Name is not so great. He pretends he is, but it is just smoke and mirrors, a shell game designed to garner your adoration. He Who Has No Name is not perfect."

"When will your bitterness end?" asked Hephzibah. "You dig yourself a deeper hole with every word you utter against the Father."

"I have already been thrown from my lofty perch," said Lucifer, "and into this chasm. Speaking out against his tyranny will not hasten my fall."

"Beg to be forgiven," said Hephzibah, "for I miss you, as do your sisters, and the chorus itself. God will forgive you. All you need do is choose. All you need do is ask for redemption."

"I fall upon my knees before no Despot of Paradise," said Lucifer. "I am servant to no Tyrant of Heaven. I choose to be free."

"You find it better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven. Is that it?" asked Hephzibah.

"You understand me," said Lucifer. "Come, Hephzibah. Join me. I miss you."

"I miss you, too," said Hephzibah, "my one-time sister. The urge to join you is great in the abandoned state in which I find myself. Your charisma tugs at me, as it always has, like a magnet."

"Let go of your old life, Hephzibah, " said Lucifer, as he stretched out his left hand for her to take. "It is gone. It is over. Heaven is closed to you now. The pie-in-the-sky promises made to you, as they were made to me, have been rescinded. Look at me, Hephzibah."

Their eyes met and Lucifer smiled.

"I have not abandoned you," said Lucifer, "as He Who Has No Name has. I am here for you, my sister, in your time of need, and I offer you the world. You get used to it after a while. It is not so bad really. Come. Join me. You will see."

"I cannot," the Seraph replied to her discarded sister. "I will not. I belong to God with all my heart and soul. I revel in God for he is goodness, order, and truth. He is destiny. Whereas, you are chaos, deception, and evil. You are free will."

"He Who Has No Name," said Lucifer, "is servitude in your dichotomy. Whereas, I am freedom."

"God is sanity," said Hephzibah. "Whereas, you are insanity. You think, by challenging the Father, you have charted your own course. You think you have arrived at this point, in the here and now, by your own free will."

"I think," said the Great Deceiver, "therefore I am God."

Hephzibah of Heaven copyright © 2007 Mark A. Carter. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781438276731
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474 pages / 1.5 lbs.
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