In September, after Personal Demons released, I was out to dinner with a group of my medical colleagues and they were asking me about my book. When I explained that half of Personal Demons was told from my demon, Luc's perspective, one of them asked if I'd read C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters.
I'm a huge Narnia fan, but as much as I loved those books, I'd never investigated any farther into C.S. Lewis' writing, so I'd never heard of The Screwtape Letters. I grabbed this book from my library to take on my trip last week and read it on the plane. It's a collection of letters Screwtape, an Underlord of Hell, is writing to his demon nephew, Wormwood, expounding all of his unearthy advice on how to tempt his "patient" down the fiery path. And, where I certainly didn't plagiarize C.S. Lewis, having never read his book, I was surprised by similarities in his demon's train of thought, and my demon's train of thought. I guess I shouldn't have been. After all, they're both demons. But it was interesting to read Screwtape's advice and compare it to Luc's actions.
Even though I'd never profess to put myself in the same creative universe as C.S. Lewis, it's fun to think that we had some of the same ideas :p Have any of you read The Screwtape Letters? What did you think?