Picking up on from yesterday’s post, let’s finish the discussion of the mythology behind this book.
I want to clarify again that I don’t actually believe that a magician or magick allow a person to enter other worlds or dimensions, or anything like that. I think that the magician is simply tapping into some level of collective unconscious, or their own psyche. Just wanted to put that out there.
So, why would someone choose to be a magician and move in slow, plodding movements through the Aethyr when they could be a tunneler and just rip through them all at more or less their own speed? This made me realize that a tunneler had to be something extraordinarily special. A once-in-a-millenium fluke. Perhaps even rarer – perhaps there has only ever been one tunneler who has existed in different times due to the bending of space and time within the Aethyrs. This was the germ of the entire series, not just the first book. Matty, of course, would be that tunneler.
In the Bible, Noah‘s Flood ultimately wiped out the Watchers and the Nephilim. I like the idea; there’s something primal about the great deluge myths. I’ve always been fascinated with crazy theories about a high civiliation that existed before the flood, even if it left no evidence. No evidence – that was the next issue. Obviously this flood couldn’t just be water that wiped everything out. There had to be a reason that they left no evidence. So I came up with my concept of The Flood in Corridors, more of a scourging, or a cleansing by fire by the angels of the Watchtowers, with the intention of completely wiping out any trace of the Watchers’ twisted civilization. Obviously, there were human survivors, and Noah does play into the story, just not until the third book.
All this sort of begged the question: where is God in all of this? The Enochian system doesn’t offer a definitive answer on this. Oh, sure, the final Aethyr is of the highest spiritual order, a sort of Enochian answer to a godlike state, and there are suggested names for God within the tablets, but any real notion of what any prime mover or deity might be like is absent. I’m guessing that has to do with it being in the highest reaches of practice and thus even more “forbidden knowledge”. There is an analog of Satan – and that’s not Azazel. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but he shows up at the end of Corridors.
Regardless, I had to figure out where these Watchtowers and the Black Cross originated. The answer was both simple and complex at the same time; I created a primal angel (the Satan analog above) who had set this all in motion and then disappeared, watching everything unfold. At least, that’s the story that the angels understood. But that’s all I’m going to say on that subject, because it’s a pretty important twist to both the book and the series. All I can say is that there is more going on underneath the surface than first appears.
So, to recap, the Corridors of the Dead is something of an amalgam of the ancient astronaut theories, Enochian Magick, and Biblical sources via Stephen King and Clive Barker. That really does sum up a lot of the influences that bounce around in my head.
I’ve gone through two entries now, and there’s so much that’s driven the creation of this series that I feel I could almost write a book on just that subject itself. For now, however, I will leave things here. Some day I will revisit the Lost Aetelia once I feel that enough people have read the book – perhaps on the eve of the release of City of the Dead.
Tomorrow, we’ll get a little lighter. I want to talk about chapters and chapter titles. It’s a little more interesting than it sounds. You’ll see.