This song inspired the article
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil.
At the end of the second book in the Chronicles of Mark Johnson series www.amazon.com/dp/B00BO04Y20, Mark was heard chanting an eerie version of the well-known Biblical verse.
Whereas the Biblical text goes on "for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Mark's version ended with the eerie threat, "For I am the meanest son of a bitch in the valley."
The second series of stories were written during a very bleak period for me, personally, and this shows in the texts of the stories. The stories were getting darker toward the end of this book. To the extent that some of my friends who read the stories on a weekly basis - as I wrote them - thought not only that I was going to kill off Mark, but that my sanity was in question.
To set the scene - Mark had found out the lady he thought loved him was an evil witch and had lured her to the spot where she had previously, in a moment of extreme terror, expressed her "supposed" love to him.
Now, the boot was on the other foot as he had beaten her to within an inch of her life, and left her to face unspoken of demons. But, even at this stage, he remained a gentle man and told her there were supplies in a cave close by if she could get there.
What scared his friends was not what they'd witnessed in his controlled revenge on Annette, but what he was prepared to do to cleanse his spirit of her presence. In his words; "I've beaten her in this realm, now I need to defeat her in her realm. I have no idea if I can beat her but I'll die trying."
Knowing Mark as they used to, this new Mark was somebody nobody existed, they realized he was willing to do ANYTHING to get rid of the evil presence, even if it meant losing his soul and not coming back to them.
As worrying was the thought if he did come back, how would he be affected by the war in the other realm? Would they see the old Mark again? Who knows?