When my dentist asked me today during my semi-annual exam and cleaning to tell him what Darkness is about, I said, “It’s about gods and goddesses and demons and hell and ordinary people caught in the middle.”
“Oh,” he said. “It’s like real life.”
“Yeah,” I said. “It’s about sacrifice and repentance and rebirth and death. The important things that keep nagging us but we don’t like to think about.”
Something to think about the next time you have your teeth cleaned: Ever hear the story about the dental hygienist who strangled her patients with dental floss? I didn’t either until today when my dental hygienist had placed a suction device in my mouth so I couldn’t scream. Then she began extracting yards of unwaxed dental floss and looked down at me with a face covered with goggles and white face mask and she cackled with glee. Helpless, I watched horrified as she wound the floss around her gloved fingers the way demented characters in my novels would wind piano wire to create a garrote. Why she let me live to tell the tale is beyond me.