…The creatures pulsed in the darkness, as if pondering their reply.
“We are the crelp,” one of them said. “Do not fighting with us – for we- we only wish to killing of you, as is our custom.’
The unearthly frankness of this left Theo stunned.
’Why do you want to kill me,’ he asked. The crelp seethed again, fluttering and squelching in the dark.
‘Because dead is better for us- for what we wanting to do,’ came a low, eerie reply.
Theo frowned as the circle of crelp seemed to edge nearer to him…
This extract from Candle Man two, introduces a new enemy for the Candle Man, the Crelp. These sinister, slurping creatures like collecting bones from graveyards and are charmingly frank about their evil.
I have always been fascinated by the power of frankness – the role of truth in our lives. We are taught to be honest, but it seems, more often than not, a well-intentioned lie is what society really prefers. Yes, I loved the photo of your dog you gave me for Christmas, no I don’t mind working late, of course your new bald look is stunning.
Honesty is highly prized, but as the wise man Nasrudin once said: ‘Haven’t you ever noticed it’s the scarcity of something that determines its value?’
One of my favourite blurters-out of frank remarks in literature, is Gollum in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It is compulsive reading, the way he speaks aloud his thoughts and sometimes vile intentions, in frank discussions – with himself.
In a way, Gollum is a kind of inside-out person, because he externalises the things he should keep hidden. This in a sense makes him quite a modern character, a paranoid, nervous, self-questioning figure, and these modern qualities make him stand out vividly against a backdrop of more conventional. noble souls.
Among the people of Middle-earth, he is more, dare I say, it, like us, than many of the good characters are.
In Candle Man two my new creations, the crelp follow a slightly different line – they blurt out vile thoughts but to people’s faces.
… “So what are you doing here?” Theo asked. ‘Creeping around attacking people. You won’t make many friends that way.’
There was almost something childish about the crelp that made Theo want to scold them.
‘The crelp don’t wanting to make friends,’ one of the creatures hissed. ‘We are only being here because we were released from the darkness.’
‘Released?’ Theo echoed. ‘How? By who?’
The crelp bubbled and hissed for a while among themselves. ‘It is not worthy – worthwhile – crelp telling you. We will probably tricking you soon and make you die. It is better..!’
It’s a special day for me today with Candle Man two , The Society of Dread coming out in the USA, and a chance for me to further explore my own nether-world of smoglodytes, garghouls and now, the crelp.I would like to tell you more, but unlike the crelp, authors have to keep their secrets…