I received a copy of MAGNIFICENT MALEVOLENCE by Derek Wilson from Lion Fiction via Kregel Publications. The cover proclaims: “Memoirs of a career in hell in the tradition of the Screwtape Letters.” Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but with that kind of an introduction and the eerie devil pictured on the front, I was intrigued.
After reading the introduction, I understood that Screwtape was a senior devil introduced by C. S. Lewis in 1942. This led me to research more about C. S. Lewis. I’m embarrassed to admit I hadn’t known much more about him other than his Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series. That, however, is a different matter.
Back to MAGNIFICENT MALEVOLENCE…if you read this, prepare to enter the twisted mind of…well, a twisted individual. He’s a devil explaining life and thoughts through his writings. They are a mixture of professional language – the type you might find in an office manual or a college textbook – and the insightful depth of a diary. Then, think about how it’s wicked. The letters span from 1942 to the present, which is interesting in itself by offering a new view of the past. If you do happen across this, it is worth a look. The writing sucks you in and the darkness of the humor keeps you turning the pages.