Please consider purchasing my first novel, IN THE SEVENTH DAY which is not about Mormons! This novel is about religion gone haywire, however. The novel is also graphic — violent with sadism and evil displayed. Thanks in advance!
One would have to search far and wide to discover in modern literature a darker, more perverse, self-serving, devious, holier-than-thou anti-hero than Rev. Kevin Hillar. Coupling astounding sexual charm with charismatic preaching he rapaciously and murderously gratifies his libido under the radar as, via pithy and precisely ten minute long sermons he recruits a devoted congregation soon eager to build a permanent “umbrella centric” church to replace the tobacco barn which was his first sanctuary.
Ms. Easton’s book is a chilling murder mystery procedural as well as a tough minded rumination on a particularly destructive form of Pentecostal Christianity in rural America. It also is a daunting cautionary tale about a deeply rooted societal wish to keep women as fully subjugated as suggested by the old Chauvinistic saw, “a woman should be kept barefoot, naked and in the kitchen.” The tale is gripping throughout and may require a strong stomach on the part of some readers. As literature it is a construct almost totally Brechtian in design. In terse, cooly objective prose it sharply defines the malaise, describes its malignant spread, but consciously withholds the expected–indeed, longed for–final scene where poetic justice is meted out.”
“He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day: but he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun; himself his own dungeon.”
— John Milton
“A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it.”
— George MacDonald
“They that know no evil will suspect none.”
— Ben Johnson
“We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.”
— William James
“You have a classic anti-hero in the personage of Kevin. He is compelling, revolting, completely without conscience and graced with a charisma that you describe with skill. His is such a commanding presence that I found it a great relief to find myself in a chapter involving other characters–the investigator, his female assistant, the sheriff, his office gal. I knew that for that span of novel time I would be spared witnessing Kevin’s machinations, his indomitable evil incarnate. Those hiatuses allowed me to stay with the novel through all the chapters that rived my heart to witness the graphic degradations promulgated by Kevin in scene after scene. I think it is a telling device to let us hear his egocentric italicized and disdainful remarks about those who would catch him out, about those incapable of seeing through his hypocrisy. Fools, he would name them.”
– My father
As a quick aside, I love men. Recent posts are not meant to be strictly-speaking “male-bashing.” Rather they are short insights to moments in my own life that I realize shaped my character, Kevin Hillar – a man who is more than bored or misogynist; rather Kevin is evil, pure and simple.
A dear friend of mine today suggested that perhaps my novel might present what not to do in cases of sexual and domestic abuse…
I’m not sure… Actually I think she said my novel might raise awareness of sexual and domestic abuse. Of this I am certain.
I think IN THE SEVENTH DAY is in reality an exploration of how wicked the world can be, and how easily we can fall prey to those who wield the world’s – and Satan’s – power; especially those who wield Lucifer’s power within the clothing of a sheep.
“I’m halfway through your novel; it’s tough to read, not because it’s not well-written, but — “
I know of what he speaks — the evil of my main character!