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Abishai100
July 13th, 2016, 01:51 AM
Alas was a poet-philosopher who wanted to study the power of both God and God's adversary the Devil (or Satan). Alas had travelled throughout Romania and studied vampire folklore and was convinced that the unusual myths surrounding the eccentric vampire Count Dracula had in them all of the metaphysical intrigue associated with the dominions of God and Satan, dominions that reminded people of the magic and mysticism of life and death. Alas believed that God and Satan were waging a spiritual war around the folkloric fascination with Count Dracula, a ghoul who had been depicted in stories, books, poems, paintings, and films. Alas knew he had to be careful not to get swept up in the magic and allure of Dracula storytelling, lest he lose himself in the layman humanity of non-spiritual entertainment.

Alas decided to scroll through the spiritual works the Holy Bible (the Judeo-Christian book believed to be guided and overseen by God) and the Book of the Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows (an Earthly work hyped as a work written by the Devil himself). Alas discovered that the Bible was filled with images of redemption and restoration, while the Nine Gates book was filled with allusions to spiritual fantasies and a fascination with the dominions of darkness and mystery. Alas then scrolled through Bram Stoker's novel Dracula and found some helpful arrows pointing towards the metaphysics curiosities lurking in the hearts and minds of men that would draw them towards the Bible and the Nine Gates book. Alas hypothesized that Romania harboured some secret underground cults/clubs which catered to a bohemian interest in Satanism and podiums of the challenge of darkness posed against standard views of theistic institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church. Alas hypothesized this, since Transylvania, a place synonymous with vampire folklore, was arguably the spiritual heart of Romania.

Alas was troubled mentally, so he walked into a Catholic Church in Romania and decided to pray about peace and God's benevolent light. He thought he received some illumination from God pointing him towards the sociological reality of the Devil's presence and the power of darkness. Alas resolved to build a base in Transylvania and try to come to some mighty resolution about this eternal and strange conflict between God and Satan, between the optimism of light and the nihilism of darkness. Alas decided the best way to do this was to magnify the artistic fascination with vampire folklore. Alas studied the film work of F.W. Murnau --- his vampire-creature macabre film Nosferatu. Alas reasoned that every Halloween Eve, the mystical spirits of masquerade and the macabre floated around Transylvania, invoking realms of darkness and inviting the curious to meditate on the realism of fantastic ghouls such as Dracula and Nosferatu.

The next Halloween Eve, Alas found himself walking around Transylvania, Romania with a bright lantern and wearing a cloaking hood and cape. Passerby and kids dressed up for trick-or-treating simply though Alas was a normal man dressed up as a magician for Halloween. As Alas walked up and down the streets of Transylvania with his lantern, he felt the strange air of metaphysical mystery. He noticed that about ten people, a combination of adults and children, were dressed up as Count Dracula that Halloween Eve. Alas conjectured that to get to the powers of God and Satan beating live in the dreams of humanity, he would have to understand why human beings celebrated vampires, creatures who dwelled on the borderlines between immortality and the underworld. "What if Satan is actually a ghost or phantom?" Alas wondered to himself. Alas started to fantasize that he was indeed something of a magician walking around Transylvania that Halloween, using his curiosity and natural interest in the metaphysical to devise ways to conceptualize good and evil with tools of the imagination.

Alas decided to write a piece in the New Yorker, a widely-circulated high-brow American magazine with which Alas had professional ties, titled, "Are vampires midwifes to God and Satan?" The piece examined how vampirism, which focused on a fascination with the instinctual draw towards the life-flow of blood-in-veins, presented fantastic pseudo-immortal underworld beings (or creatures) that beckoned both to God's sense of vitality and Satan's sense of basic mischief. Alas wondered if the proliferation of vampire folklore (i.e., Dracula and Nosferatu) created a human veil of God-Satan chessplay. Alas received a death-threat letter in response to his New Yorker piece which warned him to refrain from connecting vampirism folklore to God-Satan dualism pedagoguery. Alas for a moment considered the possibility that the veneer of mystique surrounding Dracula and Nosferatu had ironically barred him from investigating the connections between vampirism and metaphysics, and he began to resent Transylvanians. Alas returned to the Catholic Church in Romania where he originally received his inspiration. At the door of the Church, Alas noticed a black raven perched and staring down at him eerily. When Alas walked into the Church and began praying, he felt the presence of something evil. Alas ran outside and away from the Church and returned to his home in America. He gave up his vampirism investigation but continued to wonder if something inconceivable in that Church in Romania had actually contacted him with a foreboding message of trespass.




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