Posted on 18. July 2014 By Robert Friedrich
I must have been 8 years old – it’s hard to pinpoint the exact time – when I got my hands on a game called “Heart of Darkness” and immediately fell in love with it.
I played a kid whose dog gets kidnapped by dark forces and must go rescue him into a strange and mysterious world. None the less I connected with the kid on his escape from reality to save someone close to him. The boy’s name was Andy and he did not care about how he got into the world or how he would get back, all he wanted was to save his friend.
To be honest I never managed to finish the game during that time. I messed up with the software and it just never worked again.
Lucky me, I did manage to finish it at some point later. Anyways, only years later I realized how similar the story was to my life.
I basically left my world – my country – and went to a new, mysterious and dangerous place – Egypt. And before you ask – no I did not come here to rescue anyone; it was meant to be salvation or better – start of a new life.
Fun fact, in the end I became that dog and boy in one. Nowadays I am trying to save myself from this dark and mysterious world, that I entered and did not question at all.
Like Andy, I need to get the dog (myself) and save us from this “Heart of Darkness” world and its inhabitants.
Sure, like Andy, I am not alone. There is help and there is support of outside sources, either within or outside the country itself. The problem is that unlike Andy I did not come prepared or trained to deal with the things here. Andy deals with his world perfectly. In real life I needed to learn how to survive.
Obviously, many of you, reading this article, can relate to this fact – how to survive in an unexpected and unfamiliar place or situation.
As adults we try to be prepared but we are never ready for the moment “the shit hits the fan”. To share our “hit the bottom” eventually makes us stronger and other’s misery seems much worse than ours.
And then we realize that heroes like Andy or other characters in fictitious stories seem to be prepared to handle the harsh world they get thrown into.
This is when one of my stories actually comes to play – I threw an unprepared person, someone others can relate to, into an unrelenting and menacing world full of dangers.
Thus behold – “Welcome to your Death” – was born.
But being alone does not suffice – help comes always from unexpected direction. Someone who supports you, cheers you up; so when you fall, you can pick yourself up again.
Just like in a fiction, also in real life someone usually appears. A friend; the one least expected comes out from under the cloak of safety to help you.
Do you think that I’m strongly affected by unreal life in games? Maybe. But If I relate myself to a kid in a game, so the adult in me responses to my surroundings and appears as an unexpected friend to help others.
That is why I created a book called “Deathmongers: Where the Light Dies”. This is me, giving a helping hand to other authors, actually 19 of them, showing their talent to this world.
Every hero in a fiction needs a friend; every fiction is written by a real person. And this real person just shares deep lessons of his own life.
Luke Skywalker had Han Solo come save him from Darth Vader’s Interceptor. Had he not showed up when he did, Luke would be dead, the Death Star would destroy the rebels and “game over”. We would not have the other episodes and prequels (please – no hate comments about the Star Wars Prequels).
The Matrix has a similar moment, when Tank saves Neo from Cypher who wanted to disconnect him from The Matrix, thus killing his mind.
I should have put a spoiler warnings before this paragraph, but c’mon people, there is barely anyone alive who is reading this and will rage about something that I supposedly spoiled for him or her.
Such memorable moments I managed to put in “Welcome to your Death” with more “surprises” to come. Why did I split the story into parts? –Huh – to keep you guessing and wanting.
The more I look at this book the more I can see a reflection of my life, along with the people who are either there to help or to destroy me. Fiction really is sometimes closer to reality than we think.
Why am I sharing all of this with you – my friends? I don’t just want you to go download “Welcome to your Death: Part 1” for 99 cents only – I want you to experience it and be ready.
I want you to be able to see deep into and relate to the world within its digital pages.
Did I mention friendly 99 cents? Yes? Good.