Thursday, November 1, 2018

Tornado-Phobic

I have always been tornado-phobic.
The deadly Tornado is a childhood phobia I took with me into adulthood.
Last night's tornado warning got me thinking about why certain people have this phobia, when statistically speaking, tornadoes are rare killers of human beings.
Is it the element of surprise or perhaps the gruesome details reported in these rare instances of tornado fatalities?
In my case, I believe my phobia comes from the tornado being closely tied in with my ego/id.
Humankind has historically and superstitiously attributed "Acts of God" to divine judgment against sinful humankind. While most of us have outgrown this concept (very few theists even believe this anymore, given the growing evidence that humankind is the one tampering with the weather) it still struck me as a very potent symbol for man's volatile relationship with heaven.
In my first novel Attempted Rapture, I used the tornado as a motif for divine judgment against errant humankind, namely the #antihero Hal Persill who was an allegorical character representing human arrogance.
That he meets two psychotic antagonists in the book is a symbol for demonic entities influencing humankind and corrupting perfection, or more specifically, the perception of "perfection", which in Hal's case was Satanic pride.
In the last chapter, Jaded Sapphira, we learn that the tornado was actually a Freudian symbol of the Hell we create ourselves by the decisions we make.
While I am proud of Attempted Rapture and did get a glowing review from author #RichardFulgham, (one of my three favorite living authors) I do feel as if Attempted Rapture is a difficult read and hard to understand for readers unfamiliar with biblical allusions, which are prevalent in the book (The prodigal son, Madam Folly and Lady Wisdom, The Genesis Flood).
Someday, I may try to market it again, but preferably after I make some noise with The End of the Magical Kingdom.
The End of the Magical Kingdom is a similar book in theory, especially with the Acts of God theme (the Red Moon, the Zombie Rising) except that it is a bit more mainstream and easier to read, given the numerous political and pop culture references.
I recommend it as a gateway drug book into my style of writing, which is "tragic parody." Then Raining Cats and Dogs, then Attempted Rapture, and then Cry on Cue (if you must...it really doesn't make much sense)
But I still do think about Attempted Rapture every time I hear sirens.

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