I believed the Illuminati was a perfect choice for a human story. Although, before I started writing Owl People of Winnie County just a couple of days ago my plan was different. For a long time I had the first few pages of a Lovecraftian horror written. I had no idea where to take it. The primary villains: fish people. Those are common in H. P. Lovecraft’s universe and some of the coolest. The Koi (Mr. Fish) from Mutant Cowboy Space Pirate is of the exact same species as the monsters in the previously aborted story. I brought it back. As of now it’s entitled Broken Beach.
Secret organizations are also common in Lovecraft’s universe. They would fit perfectly with the Illuminati would they not? At first I thought so, but it was contradictory of what I said I will be doing next. A story about humans. Resurrecting a Lovecraftian god like Cthulhu is against the purpose of the original Bavarian Illuminati anyway. They didn’t approve of radical religion and how it can be used against the general population- or superstition in general. Once I separated the two, the plot for Owl People of Winnie County became clear.
Readers have noticed my habit of twisting common themes or stories. Why not make the Illuminati in a different stride for once? They are always seen as the bad guys when they do appear in popular culture. Although it doesn’t mean the mystery and menace commonly associated with them isn’t going to go away. It’s the Illuminati. No one knows who they are and it would be a disservice to keep them as anything besides a highly effective organization.
The general plot for the story: Three college students stumble upon two shadowy organizations vying for control during the 4th of July weekend.
Finally, in the words of Keyser Soze, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”