Demonic Irony

Ironically demonic.

Of course that isn’t the way I described his actions to myself at the time. Nobody uses phrases like “a man possessed” any more. “Possessed” by what? There are no demons in the Twentieth Century, we all realize that. There are no demons, no devils, no evil spirits. We live in an enlightened age, in a sane, matter-of-fact world of gas chambers, human incineration plants, wholesale massacres, scientific torture devices and hydrogen bombs. But everything has a perfectly logical explanation, and no man’s cruelty or inhumanity to his fellows is based on demoniac possession.

Robert Bloch. “The Hungry Eye” (1959) reprinted in Time Untamed (1967).

And so for day 1657

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