January 12, 2014 Leave a comment
The underworld in my paranormal series THE WATCHTOWER is based on Dante’s depiction of hell in his poem Divine Comedy. There are nine levels and each has its own minion. Running through each level is a river of lava, and here is where the Imps live.
In the books, Imps are the skeletal remains of ritual sacrifice victims thrown into volcanoes. Their bodies are fused into a crab-like state and they scuttle across the ground just like the crustaceans with hands and feet in place in pincers. They move very fast but are not prone to swarming their potential victim like vipers. Because the creatures were created in lava, Imps cannot travel far away from the river. Their touch burns flesh and can ignite anything on fire, but un-like the other minions of hell, they can’t be killed. Their supernatural existence is based on dark magic and energies. They can be blown apart with a weapon; reverting them back into a lava state but will regenerate and continue on.
These creatures first came to me while I was writing THE SAINTS OF BELVEDERE ROAD. I needed something on the ground to attack my characters and cause a dire situation. When Barb Dole enters the underworld in SYMPATHY FOR THE DEMON, she is chased by these creatures, along with hordes of other minions, on the last leg of her run to safety.
More creatures from The Watchtower series;