Souls: Six Destinies
Book One: The Secret Face of Genesis
"He is a transformer of human flesh; a creator of monsters." "Over
the years, over the centuries, he has been the answer to countless prayers
for deliverance from powerlessness." By "cutting, infibulating,
searing, cauterizing, stretching, twisting, reconfiguring," Agonistes
remakes his Supplicants into "the image of their terror." Agonistes
is summoned by sincere prayers.
- Cardinal Gaillema
- Author of the heretical A Trestise on the Madness of God. He argued
that on the seventh day of creation, an exhausted Jehovah created "destroyers
- See Jehovah.
- Iscariot, Judas
- A Supplicant of Agonistes. He was the only Supplicant to ever been granted
the comfort of death; Agonistes hung him from a tree.
- Also: God
According to Cardinal Gaillema, Agonistes' creator. Instead of resting on
the seventh day of creation, Jehovah, "driven into a kind of ecstatic
fugue state by the labours of His Creation," created "destroyers
- Pilate, Pontius
- A Supplicant of Agonistes.
- One who seeks Agonistes's services. "They become objects of perverse
beauty beneath his hand; their bodies remade in fashions that they have no
power to dictate." Agonistes "has transformed potentates and gangsters,
failed actors and architects; women who've been cheated by their husbands
and come seeking a new form to greet their adulterer in their marriage beds;
school mistresses and perfumiers, dog-trainers and charcoal burners. The mighty
and the insignificant, the noble and the peasant." Through "cutting,
infibulating, searing, cauterizing, stretching, twisting, reconfiguring,"
Agonistes remakes his Supplicants into "the image of their terror."
- The Burning Places
- Where Agonistes can be found. These can be deserts, or within cities in
"places where despair has seared away all belief in hope and love."
- First Art
- Also: Holy Art
"The art God used to call life into being." Agonistes claims this
is what he practices when he transforms the flesh of Supplicants.
- Holy Art
- See First Art.
- A Treatise on the Madness of God
- "A heretical volume in the Vatican Library... written by one Cardinal
Gaillema in the mid-seventeenth century." In it, Gaillema argued that
on the seventh day of creation, an exhausted Jehovah created "destroyers
and demons." One of these was Agonistes.
- Prayer to Agonistes
- 'O Agonistes, dark deliverer, make me in the image of my enemies' nightmares.
Let my flesh be the stuff from which you carve their terrors; let my skull
be a bell which sounds their death-knell. Give me a song to sing, which will
be the song of their despair, and let them wake and find me singing it at
the bottom of their beds.
'Unmake me, unknit me, transform me.
'And if you cannot do that for me, Agonistes, then let me be excrement;
let me be nothing; less than nothing.
'For I want to be the terror of my enemies, or I want oblivion.
'The choice, Lord, is yours.'
|7th Day of Creation
||Agonistes is created by Jehovah.
|Early 1st Century
||Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot
become Supplicants of Agonistes.
||Cardnial Gaillema writes A
Treatise on the Madness of God.
Tortured Souls: Six Destinies, Book One: The Secret Face
of Genesis by Clive Barker
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