GUEST POST by Sarah Daltry
The Influence of the “Myth of Lilith” in Bitter Fruits
Sarah Daltry (Author of Bitter Fruits)
I first heard of Lilith in college, when I attended Lilith Fair, a travelling music festival consisting of female soloists and lead bands. I thought the concept was crazy – there was an alternate version of the creation story from the Bible that we had never learned. I went through a period in high school when I was very religious and I read the entire Bible through several times. However, to learn that the stories I had read were inaccurate was mind blowing.
God then formed Lilith, the first woman, just as He had formed Adam, except that He used filth and sediment instead of pure dust. From Adam’s union with this demoness, and with another like her named Naamah, Tubal Cain’s sister, sprang Asmodeus and innumerable demons that still plague mankind. Many generations later, Lilith and Naamah came to Solomon’s judgement seat, disguised as harlots of Jerusalem’. Yalqut Reubeni ad. Gen. II. 21; IV. 8. Graves, Robert, Patai, Raphael. “Adam’s Helpmeets.” The Hebrew Myths. Doubleday. 1964. http://gnosis.org/lilith.htm
Later in school, I took a course on Biblical mythology and I also played the role-playing game, Vampire: The Masquerade. Through both, I was exposed to more versions of the stories and they really stuck with me.
According to vampire legend, Cain wandered until he found Lilith by the Red Sea. She took him in and showed him the power of blood. (My religion teacher put it that the tree of life is represented in blood. Thus why Jewish persons staunchly drain all blood away from their meat before cooking and eating it. And thus why drinking blood/ being a vampire is such a big deal in a religious context.)
From Cain and Lilith came a host of demons and vampires in the vague myths. Cain is mentioned in the Bible as having a number of legitimate children, with an unnamed woman/ wife. Some of his children are even highly regarded, as they are listed with their inventions, such as the harp and metal working. But, past Gen. 4:26 there is no more mention of Cain’s children or his line. Cain himself is referred to only twice more, in the New Testament, as “the prototype of the wicked man.” Vampire Origins http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Vampire+Origins
Honestly, the idea of Bitter Fruits came to me in the dumbest way. I was watching Supernatural and thinking both Sam and Dean are hot and how it would be fun to date them both. I’ve always had a weird fascination with rivalry between brothers. That was the basic idea and I pondered it for a few days, until I thought of the overarching concept. What better inspiration than the first brothers, Cain and Abel? And certainly the most complicated.
I found Lilith interesting as a symbol because although she’s technically evil, she is only considered evil because we are expected to see her that way historically. I wanted to play with that a bit and in the long-term trilogy, it will come into play more.
- Title: Bitter Fruits
- Author: Sarah Daltry
- ISBN13: 9780857991089
- Series: Eden’s Fall – Book #1
- Published: December 1st 2013 by Escape Publishing
- Format: eBook, 131 pages
- Genre: New Adult/Urban Fantasy
- Source: Publisher
For fans of dark urban fantasy comes a novel that questions why forbidden fruit is always the most tempting…
A vampire-themed masquerade party isn’t really her scene, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. When she meets Alec, the appeal suddenly becomes clear. It’s obvious that they’ve been struck by the same intense mutual attraction, but Alec keeps his distance. Intrigued despite herself, Nora pushes a little deeper — and discovers Alec’s unimaginable secret…
Nora is not afraid of following Alec into the darkness, but the choice is soon taken from her. Someone is hunting her — someone tied to the secret and desperate to see it play out. But when Nora finally meets her aggressor, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to him. She needs to make a choice between the two men, but can she save them both, knowing one is destined to die?
In movies, fighting a supernatural army is usually pretty straightforward. The good guys find some kind of magic box, recite some chant, and the bad guy loses. Usually after a lengthy diatribe expressing all of his reasons for being evil. However, I have exhausted all the methods I’ve seen on TV or read about: silver, crucifixes, holy water, magic boxes, and sunlight. Turns out most of those aren’t real. Who’d have guessed?
‘But she can’t go out in sunlight, right?’ I ask Caleb, after we’ve been brainstorming for what seems like hours. He’s still leaving something out, but at this point, I figure he’ll tell me when he’s ready. In the meantime, we can work out what we both know. ‘Only you can. Otherwise, it’s barbecue time.’
‘You know, Nora. If there was one human being I could choose to fight alongside while facing down the end of the world, I’d pick you a million times over.’
‘It’s because I’m crazy hot, right?’
He smiles. ‘Something like that. Anyway, no, Lilith cannot go out in sunlight. Nor can her creations.’
‘So why don’t we just get them all outside on a nice day and — bam! War over.’
‘Well, for starters, I don’t think she would take an invitation to an outdoor extravaganza. Secondly, there is still the question of what she’s fighting.’
‘And that is?’
‘Revenants,’ he says and the fear returns.
‘Wait. I thought we were fighting them.’
‘We are,’ he confirms.
‘So Lilith is on our side?’
‘Lilith is on no one’s side but her own. However, my actions…’ He trails off and I try to piece together everything I’ve learned. He began to show these signs after he started reading Dr Evans’s journals. Something was in those journals.
‘There’s something. Something in the notes.’
‘The revenants. They started about five years ago. The first sighting was in a small town in England, about a hundred miles north of Oxford.’
‘Okay,’ I say, waiting for him to say something that I understand as significant. I’m not really looking for a geography lesson of revenants.
‘I’ve been to the town many times. The last time was right around the rise of the revenants.’
‘So you knew that they were rising?’
‘No.’ He shakes his head. ‘Before we came to the States, I made an annual trip there, to a cemetery. I kept my distance, but I still needed to mourn.’
Understanding washes over me. ‘Teresa,’ I say.
Sarah Daltry writes books in a variety of genres, including the NA contemporary series, Flowering, and YA gamer geek comedy, Backward Compatible.
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