Imagine your life extending 100 years, 500 years, 1000 years, more. Living forever would sound great to many people. Death could be put off indefinitely and aging would no longer be a concern. You wouldn’t age. You wouldn’t die. Would it make you happy? You could live hundreds of lifetimes and see so much change. Good or bad, you could enjoy what you like and live past what you don’t.
Now imagine the reality, the reality of living forever.
As your wife grows old, you remain young. You children age, merry, and have children of their own. They grow old. Eventually, they die. Everyone does, except you. You’re blessed – cursed – to live forever. Your wife dies. Your children die. Your grandchildren die.
Where did the story of vampires come from? What gave Bran Stocker the idea? It’s unlikely the mathematician created a formula for eternal life. It’s more likely that he was influenced by the stories told by his mother, Charlotte, and the ramblings of then ancient ruins of Ireland. Having walked through the disinfected castles near Stocker’s childhood home, it’s easy to imagine the landscape of the late 1800s. It’s easy to see demons.
Living forever is the curse of Pilatus Augustus Palermo, a roman soldier cursed to live forever. The as yet unnamed story will follow Pilatus through the trials, tribulations, and horrors of one who is cursed with life.
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Greg J. Gardner
Author of Black Friday – An American Jihad
Banner Elk, NC