I make no bones about it - I’m a geek and proud of it. Always have been although at times I’ve taken measures to avoid the nomenclature. These days, I embrace it, because let’s face it, the geek - if they haven’t already - will inherit the earth. Think of Apple’s Steve Jobs, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and of course, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Do you need any other proof? Geek is the new black.
I’m not in the same league (obviously) as these chaps, but I’m a geek nonetheless. Especially when it comes to fantasy. When it comes to this area, I consider myself fairly well informed due to a lifetime of geekery, reading and watching the genre. Imagine my surprise and dismay when I get - for lack of a better word - outgeeked. Jaime Reed, author of the Cambion chronicles, (I didn’t know this at the time) posed a question on Twitter: “What is a cambion?” Here’s me thinking there’s a poor person out there who knows less than I and I can fill them in with my repertoire of useless information. Quick as a flash, I post “Half human, half demon. Product of a demon prince and a human female.” Jaime, who clearly knows more than I, puts me in my place.
It turns out my understanding of the nature of a cambion is not comprehensive. In my book, Rapture, I consider Sam to be a cambion because he has a demon for a father and a human mother. I did a lot of research prior to writing the book but didn’t use the term cambion believing that no-one would know what I was harping on about. Turns out I should have. Jaime certainly had no qualms using it. Unbeknownst to me (I did some more research), a cambion can also be a product of a succubus and a human male. Jaime has obviously done her research as well. You learn something every day. I daresay that in a contest of demon knowledge, I think I might get a beating.
I’m currently in the planning stages of second book in the Rapture Trilogy, Tribulation, scheduled for release in late 2012. This avenue of research has opened up a whole series of possibilities for me. I always pictured cambions to be male, but what if… . What about if a man was seduced by a succubus? Their offspring would be a cambion as well. Interesting. Need to have a bit of a rethink. Maybe there is room for another character…
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Phillip W. Simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of YA and children's books.