Monday, September 24, 2007


Author Ted Magnuson wrote in his review of VIOLENT NIGHT that Buster Murphy is a “detestable cardboard character.” That’s not a nice thing to say. Especially when he made those comments four days shy of Buster’s birthday.

But Mr. Magnuson is correct. Buster is detestable. And, when he enters the Apocalyptic stage, he is very flat cardboard. I wrote his character that way on purpose. Buster is evil, and evil has only one focus in being: kill, pervert, and destroy. Period.

Destruction is relatively simple. One doesn’t have to be careful about it. One does not have to take responsibility for any collateral damage. It wouldn’t take much to program a robot to destroy. C:\\ RUN \ DESTROY \ ALL.

Creation is much more complex. It requires skill, care, and attention to detail. Success depends on how well the creation functions in its environment. The creator seeks to love the creation.

What evil does is nothing compared to what good does. What Satan does is nothing compared to what God does. This is why Buster is cardboard and the Temple Shadows Gang is dimensional.

Most readers who know the Bible get it that Buster Murphy is a parallel to Saul who converted to the apostle Paul. Saul was cardboard, too. But not Paul.

When you reach the end of VIOLENT NIGHT, the Lord begins to fold this cardboard Murphy character into something new. What will the new Buster be like?