I have never anywhere “categorically reject[ed] the idea of gods.” What is said about Pablo and his kind in The Holy is that they’ve been called many things by us, including gods and demons. They don’t claim to be either.

In Tales of Adam (which will— at long last—be published next fall), Adam tells his son: “We share this world with others who are not beasts or men or the spirits of men or gods. They are denizens of wastelands and barrens, of deserts and high places where nothing grows, and they don’t follow the deer or the quail, nor are they followed by the lion or the hyena. All the same, they’re making their journey in the hand of the god just as we are. What destiny they pursue in their journey I cannot say, for their tracks run beyond ours and where they end no man will ever know.

“Nevertheless all journeys are in the hand of god, and it may be that theirs and ours are being woven together even now. For from each generation a few of us are called to track them to their haunts and, through contending with them, to win their alliance and their guidance to power and wisdom beyond the common run. If you’re ever prompted to search them out, arm yourself with courage and discretion, as you would for a battle for your life. They’re not to be trifled with.”

All I can really say about them is that they’re not of our kind. I’m not sure why you attribute to me a belief “that a Satan/Ba’al zebub or an antichrist figure would be so much more in tune with your world vision.”

NOTE: Tales of Adam was published by Steerforth Press in 2005.

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updated: 18 Jan 2003