I won't show up on your doorstep. I won't haunt you. I promise.
When one thinks about demons in Young Adult
literature, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Paranormal
romance? Alluring fallen angels?
current wip, not so much. I'm working with a spin-your-head-in-circles,
foul-breath, risen from the darkest depths of evil, possession kind of
demon. It's not pretty. Naming the entity presented an issue for me.
Remember the crude, yet hysterical Betelgeuse (aka Beetlejuice) from the 80's flick? In the movie, if you repeated his name 3 times, he appeared.
(We have a family friend who's sort of like Betelgeuse.)
I began researching demon names for my entity, and whoa! I came across some freaky sites. One in particular, (they were serious as all get out) mentioned to summon a demon, all one had to do is continue to repeat its name. Now, as you can imagine, I slammed on the brakes, and thought, I refuse to hit that tree head on.
So instead of using a real demon name, I did what any fiction writer would do. I made it up. Creating names for people, places, and things are one of the joy rides of writing fiction. At least I think so.
Here are a few demon names I crafted:
No matter how many times I have to type it, think it, say it, or have my main character shout it when she's banishing, I'm playing it safe.
Do you ever get freaked out by creating an evil character in your fiction?
Have a writerly weekend, y'all~