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Friday, August 31, 2012


"One of the top supermodels in the world, Angel, lives the life of the rich and fabulous, until a heinous car accident mars her face. After thirteen surgeries and losing everything she deemed important, she seeks out the dark forces to salvage her life.

Angel decides to conjure the Devil for help, making a deal to recover her beauty. In exchange for his help, Lucifer forces her to hunt supernatural renegades, which have eluded the pits of Hell.

In her quest to find beauty and get out of her contract with Lucifer, Angel stumbles upon love in the arms of a demon."

Let’s Make a Deal…with the Devil?
By Vivi Dumas

             Wheeling and dealing with Satan dates back to the inception of mankind. Remember back to Adam and Eve and that pesky snake in the tree. Yep. That’s when it all started, the whispered challenge to take a bite of that oh so delicious forbidden fruit, the enticement of gaining knowledge from the all-knowing tree. Eve knew she was in trouble as soon as she took the bite. Then in the classic style of a woman, she found a friend to drag down the wrong path with her, because sinning is no fun alone. Adam, very much a man, followed blindly and tried to finger point his way out of it.

             As you can see, my Sunday school teacher had her hands full with me.

             We can’t have a conversation about deals with the ultimate evil without discussing Faust. This German Legend is the basis of so many of our modern day folktales, books, and movies. Faust, who was already a highly successful scholar,  makes a deal with the Devil to trade his soul for ultimate knowledge and then he threw in worldly pleasures, because what good is knowledge without a good time. Faust’s problem was truly greed. If you’re already successful, what pushes you to want more to the point you’re willing to give up your morality to get it? I wrote a whole paper on it, using Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as my underlying philosophy.

             Philosophy class was a fun time for me. I also went to a very Catholic college. Father Dan taught all the philosophy and theology classes. We had wonderful dialogue in those classes. I apologize to the other students, who probably wished I would just shut up. Oh, by the way, I’m not Catholic so that made it just that much more fun.

             My last example of dealing with the Devil awesomeness is the movie The Devil’s Advocate.  Al Pacino plays Satan like nobody’s business. Keanu Reeves is our Faust in this story. He’s a small town attorney given a shoot at a big time New York law firm. He gets a huge case. Then he comes to the apex of his journey. He finds out his client might be guilty. This is his chance to make the right decision and get out or continue on and be a participant in the deception. All kinds of other horror goodness ensue throughout the movie. I’ll let find out what happens on your own. I’ll leave you with the famous line from the movie.

             “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.”

             Throughout my Dueling with the Devil series, you will find the hero and heroine have various reasons they enter or are forced into a deal with the Devil. In Soul Catcher, Angel Dias, stumbles upon an old family secret in a moment of desperation in her life. Before understanding what she was getting herself into, she finds herself face-to-face with Lucifer, locked in a no-win situation.

             Is there anything you think is worth trading your soul or entering into a deal with the devil?

Vivi Dumas submerges herself in the dark underworld of the supernatural.

To balance the analytical and logical confines of her day job, she unleashes the fiery passions of her imagination in her writing.

Although she grew up an Army brat, she calls Louisiana home, but has endured the hot summers and cold winters of Maryland for the last 16 years.

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