There have been quite a few people who have put the “furry” label on me for the stories I write. I’m not particularly fond of this, but I don’t hate it either; over time I have come to accept that what audience I may someday have will at least be partly comprised of this group, and that the label will only stick harder when that time comes. However, the concept behind The Revelation–and The Deathscape Mythos as a whole–predates my knowledge of the fandom for well over a decade, and while some ideas I have in the works will also be a target for that particular label, it does annoy me that The Deathscape Mythos is occasionally lumped into that category.
There is a reason for this. The idea for The Deathscape Mythos does not have its roots in the traditional “funny animal,” like most furry media does. Instead, it is a hybrid of two loves I had while young–cheesy, B-movie horror flicks that were so bad that my family didn’t see them as harmful, and a love for writing stories in comic book format. In fact, for a long time I wrote “horror” comics that were rather poorly drawn and featured humans, but they had little dialog at all and were done with one “panel” taking up the entire page of a Composition notebook. Admittedly, these comics were usually rather violent and graphic, but this was based on what I saw horror as at the time–cheesy, B-movie schlock with obviously fake gore and acting so awful that it was funnier than it was scary.
I eventually slowed down on this style around 1994, when I began being treated for mental illness. Due to the difficulties in treating children, I found myself frequenting hospitals and residential homes. This meant I had long periods of time where I could not see my family, my friends, or my pets. To cope, I began drawing a corny panel comic on notebook paper, which I titled Batcat. This comic placed my pets–as normal animals–in situations that reminded me of home.
As I grew older and my hospitalizations became shorter and less frequent, I found myself drawing Batcat instead of my horror comics. This eventually changed into writing stories featuring the characters, which were now intelligent and living among people, although still very much four-legged cats. Eventually I began writing my first novel featuring the characters. This novel would feature a selection of that comic’s cast, notably Fiona, “Batcat”, Roderigo, Yvonne, Princess (which would eventually become her nickname instead), and Pepper. As time passed and new pets entered my life, they were given their own roles in the story as well. By that time, many of original cast’s namesakes had grown old and passed away.
Although the novel was never published, I continued to work on the world behind it. Over time, the characters became less overtly feline and were given new, more human names, and their world was painstakingly fleshed out. Darker, more cosmic-horror themed influences began to creep into the plot, and eventually that goofy comic with my pets doing pet antics was now the Dark Fantasy/Cosmic Horror story known as The Deathscape Mythos.