And some people, of a certain, religious disposition, sometimes comment on my stories or my macabre motif of clothing and décor and ask, “Why do you pursue this sardonic view . . . what’s with the twisted sense of humor?”  And I say, Well . . .


The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.
                            —Martin Luther


The Devil . . . the prowde spirite . . . cannot endure to be mocked.
                             —Thomas More