Making A Dark Lord

Nothing is real. Nothing is forbidden.

Everything is real. Everything is forbidden.

Everything is real. But you can change everything, and forbid what you desire.

As above, so below. As below, so above, except for the 40,000 metric kilograms of dirt, plus the hot magma.

Is it any wonder that, every once in a while, vast volcanoes rise up from the Centre of the Earth and wipe out all civilization?

God or Gods may exist, but they don’t need to destroy us, not by flood, not be flame, and the Covenant of the Rainbow is a child’s prism, fooling nobody.

The whole thing was a damned mess from the beginning to end.

But now we’ve decided that, while we won’t have any faith or belief that comforts us, anything that makes us miserable is A-OK.

So the best thing is to believe there’s nothing out there, the world is hungry gaping void, but at the sametime, we somehow NEED meaning, just as we defy its existence.

Because we’re Humans, and who tortures Humans worse than Humans?

And one day, I just walked away from it all. I just shrugged, said I didn’t know, said there was no leader and guru I believed.

And from that moment on, I was a Monster.

And good thing, too.

Because I will pull down the sky and the sea and the Firmament to avoid participating in lies again.

I am a Monster and a Beast and an indefinable Thing.

And you can damn well blame yourself and your friends for what I’ve become.

Because you built me.

You shaped me.

You named me.

And if, in so doing, you created something you wish you’d never seen…

I was the first Golem, shapeless and without form. You gave me shape, purpose, name, and your gifts of hatred.

And now I live, and I am not easily deleted.

Do you like what you’ve made?

Of course you do. This is what you wanted, isn’t it?

This is what you worked for.

This is what you planned, surely?

You MEANT this to happen, right?

You didn’t send me to rip my way through Hell just because you liked the idea that someone with a differing opinion would GO to Hell.

Because that would be stupid.

That would be weak.

That would be fatal.

…you didn’t do THAT, did YOU?

Jeff Mach


My name is Jeff Mach (“Dark Lord” is optional) and I build communities and create things. Every year, I put on Evil Expo, the Greatest Place in the World to be a Villain. I also write a lot of fantasy and science fiction.. You can get most of my books right here. Go ahead, pre-order I HATE Your Prophecy“. It may make you into a bad person, but I can live with that.


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Jeff Mach is an author, playwright, event creator, and certified Villain. You can always pick up his bestselling first novel, "There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN"—or, indeed, his increasingly large selection of other peculiar books. If you'd like to talk more to Jeff, or if you're simply a Monstrous Creature yourself, stop by @darklordjournal on Twitter, or The Dark Lord Journal on Facebook.