Character of the Week: German Demon Names

To me, Horror seems to be about juxtaposing the “normal” with the “terrifying”. If I wrote Horror, I wouldn’t want to give away too much with the character’s names.

The Writer Describes the Character

Male, 72 (born 4 years before WWII)

Born in the country side of Germany in a village with no contact outside of the village (this is in a world that demons and monsters do exist but hide from humans). Spent the first 4 years of his life living in the village; after that he lived by himself off in the wilds of Germany and crossed into a few other countries until a British unit caught him for only a few months before heading off on his own again. After the war ended he was captured and was sold into fighting underground matches, body guarding, hitman. Has little real friendly interaction.

Father was a village leader; he lived during the WWI and managed to keep his village safe. Mother had no special rank; lived and survived WWI. Both parents were killed in WWII. The father was first; he died to protect the village and his family. The mother sacrificed herself; after hiding her children in a barn she was killed by the troops when she tried to lead them away.

Father: Falk; Mother: Ina; Older Brother: Shen; British Soldier (Medic): William Hawkworth (drags him back to base to get fixed up/ out of the war zone); Owners: Richard, Ciel, Lady Mongu, Holand, Monty, Charles (Cash).

Moral lifter (back with Medic William Hawkworth), underground fighter (was given drugs), hitman (after some brainwashing), body guard. He only takes orders in and understands German (his native village tongue has been lost) and understands a few words of English. He does not age the same way humans do. After being owned by Charles (Cash) he was freed and returned to Germany where he currently lives far away from humans. Has a number of scars and wounds; he’s a tired yet lost person and he is a type of German demon.

Horror

While this story is a Paranormal Horror, the world is one in which humans do not know about the demons around them. Even if he was born a demon (which is not clear from this description), his people probably would have hidden that fact and given the children “normal” names.

I chose strong sounding names of German origin that I felt could fit a demon/killer such as this character, but which also sounded “average” and “normal” thereby making his actions less expected and more disturbing. I also chose names that were used during that era in time.

My Reply to the Writer

  • Bastian Eberhardt
  • Rolf Eberhardt
  • Ernst Eberhardt
  • Kurt Eberhardt
  • Dieter Eberhardt

The writer replied: Thank you for giving me some names and allowing me to use them. I’ll be using Dieter Eberhardt.

There is a difference in naming characters for a Paranormal Horror vs. ones for a Paranormal Fantasy. Fantasy may have aspects of Horror, and Horror can be Fantastic, but readers of these genres are looking for different things from their stories.

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