I think Stant has nailed it. When I was writing This Brilliant Darkness (the book which, at the time, I thought of as first Canticle Mirabilis, then Stella Mirabilis), it kept turning darker and darker. When I edited it, and had to face the truth of what I'd written, I realized it was a horror book. I didn't think of myself as a horror writer, but I had written a horror novel.
And the reason I wrote that novel, in the first place, can be easily gleaned from the dedication. I knew someone very intimately who was the darkest of the dark, who was guilty, and who would never be punished. I needed, however consciously or unconsciously I processed it, to process a story where the protagonist fights back against incomprehensible evil, and there's no happy ending--but there IS hope.
Well done, and well said, Stant. I look forward to reading your books, my friend.
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