An essay by Melinda Myers, as provided by Kate Elizabeth
Art by Justine McGreevy
We humans are bombarded on a daily basis from telemarketers, door-to-door sales men, infomercials, advertisements … the list goes on. Tempting us to spend more money, change our electricity providers, get rich quick, and lose weight fast. But behind these companies and charities there is a hidden, supernatural, agenda. As consumers, we have the right to know the truth about these products and services. This report details the most common monsters behind the scenes of some of the world’s largest and most profitable business ventures.
In today’s society, organised religion is fading fast, with many people feeling unaffiliated with any of the religious denominations. As a result, there has been a steady increase in the number of non-believers, atheist or agnostic, every year. It is no wonder then that counter to this, there has been an increase in the number of door knocking evangelists. Angels are descending from the heavens in unprecedented numbers, going door-to-door spreading the word of God in all of his/her many forms. However, studies have shown that when religions fade, so too does their power (refer to ‘Deposed Gods’). Angels preaching the word of God is clearly a last-ditch effort to maintain their stranglehold over humanity. Without the power of human belief, angels would cease to exist. As a species, we humans should consider such narcissistic behaviour with a certain amount of suspicion.
There has been a sharp increase in door-to-door salesmen in recent years, promising a better deal on your gas and electricity bills if you swap providers. Sometimes they will sweeten the deal by getting you to sign up on the spot and go into the draw to win a dream holiday or new sports car. All you have to do is sign on the dotted line. Of those unsuspecting new clients, how many have taken the time to read the fine print–pages of small font that practically require a magnifying glass to read and a law degree to understand? You might just be getting more than you bargained for–as they say, ‘the devil is in the details’–in this case, literally. Gas and electricity companies desperate for your business have partnered up with the devil to improve sales. The company gets free ‘man’ power and increase their cliental, the devil gets your soul and you get to save 10% on your energy costs. Oh, and don’t forget that dream vacation in Hell.
To read the rest of this story, check out the Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2013 collection.
Melinda Myers is the co-founder of Human Rights First, a non-profit organisation fighting for human rights in a world increasingly populated by supernatural entities.
Kate Elizabeth lives in Melbourne Australia and enjoys writing stories whenever she has ‘free’ time.
Justine McGreevy is a slowly recovering perfectionist, writer, and artist. She creates realities to make our own seem slightly less terrifying. Her work can be viewed at http://www.behance.net/Fickle_Muse and you can follow her on Twitter @Fickle_Muse.