Updated: Feb 19, 2021
Copyright © 2019 Artzenin Eklektós
Blog post written by Artzenin Eklektós
Disclaimer: Considering my novels are rated "M" for Mature, this should be fairly obvious, but allow me to explain why I don't want parents allowing their kids under the age of (18) to approach my novels.
Are My Novels For Everyone?
No. The novels are recommended for ages 18+, and older. If you're thinking,
"What kind of Christian author are you? That's terrible."
First, I would like to point out that the Bible very is graphic, depending on what books you read and second, the bible shows us what to do and what not to do. The bible includes several themes, such a sex, magic, the undead, divination, murder, rape, theft, war, spiritual warfare, people consumed by rage and making stupid decisions, sexual immoralities of all kinds, disturbing truths about people's public lives and their private lives. Now that I've stated this, people need to also understand that these novels, though fantasy driven, are still founded on the word of Yahweh from start to finish. I show people's faults, weaknesses, strengths, good choices vs. bad choices and openly have characters discuss their problems and also, show what he/she does in their sinful lifestyles. This does not mean, I emphasize sinful behavior but at the same time, I do show a visual of what is happening in character's lives for better or for worse. Why? Because some people need to read to understand and some people, like myself, are visual/audio learners.
The artwork is in the novel and there for visual people. If someone who reads my work does not like what they see, they can turn the page and not look at it. The bible has been animated and people watch what they've read, on the big screen. What's the difference with my graphic novels? However, if people who pick up the bible are reading it to find a high of some kind when they see pagan cultures in their sin and find it funny or "cool", then that person needs prayer and should not read the bible until he/she can control themselves and look at it from Yahweh's point of view, not a carnal minded point of view. Likewise, people should not read my novels if they can not look at it through disciplined eyes and within context. I will not show something or teach on something the bible has not already expressed to the reader. I read the bible and I'm visual, I see it like a movie. If people disagree with me doing this, fine.
That's all right. But I see it visually and I read it to the best of my ability from Yahweh's perspective and not my own. I would not recommend my novels to people weak in faith or to those who are immature and lack wisdom. To those who are strong in their faith and wise, I say tho them: let those with ears let them hear and receive the messages in my work with good cheer. But no matter who reads, he/she must understand that the content is rated 17+/M. I don't do this because I have something scandalous inside my novels. I rate my novels 17+/M because of artwork that will show several types of scenes. Gore, violence, romance, depression, weapons being used, etc. This is graphic, and should be taken into consideration when purchased. Minors could read it but it is not advised by me or the company that they do. Not unless their parents can properly explain the context of the novels and what it means to the minor so he/she does not have a poor reaction to the artwork or to the scenes they would stumble across.
What Am I Teaching The Public?
I teach nothing but the bible, and I'm doing it though Christian allegories. Honestly, if people liked C.S. Lewis's Chronicles Of Narnia, I don't see why they won't find my work appealing. Then again I'm not C.S. Lewis. I'm me. And I'm also not trying to compete with a dead man's legacy. I have deep respect for him, but my work was not inspired from his series. My work was inspired by a video game series I can no longer play due to the corruption it promotes. Final Fantasy. Now that was a masterpiece of creativity that rightfully should have been the Yahweh-Jehovah's. If the Japanese would just use their gifts to glorify Yahweh, and the bible, that series would be remarkable. The artwork, the music, the background art--it's breathtaking. It's such a shame I had to walk away from that series because of their false doctrine, and sadly, idolatry theology that was becoming more, and more evident with each game they released.
Keep in mind the allegory novels I create are not the bible, and they can't save people. What they can do however, is be used as a teaching tool that promotes Godly morals, and behavior. I do not depend on fantasy to save people, I use fantasy as a stepping stones to point people out of dark fantasy, into reality, and to Jehoshua. I have dedicated the rest of my adulthood to doing this. And I'm going to do with or without people's approval or permission. I answer to no one but my Maker, and it was the Godhead who had prepared me from an early age to do what I'm doing today. Even sickly, and disabled, I'm drawing constantly, and writing these stories. I happily do it, convinced someone out there is going to be touched, and will start to move in the right direction.