Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
December 2022/January 2023
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Lord of the Labyrinth

by Jean Jones

No. This is mine. The God that sent me back, the God I serve in this world and yours, the God of flesh, hunger and desire, my God Leviathan, Lord of the Labyrinth.
Hellbound Hellraiser II

Who rules this earth?
The God of mercy and love,
Or the God of flesh, hunger and desire?

What is a hungry ghost?

They have mouths the size
of a needle's eye and a stomach the size of a mountain.

A hungry ghost serves Leviathan
Lord of the Labyrinth-

According to tradition, evil deeds that lead to becoming a hungry ghost are killing, stealing, and sexual misconduct.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.
Romans 8 26 NIV

In this world, some serve
the God of mercy and love,
but others serve
the God of flesh, hunger, and desire-
Others serve Leviathan.

Whom do you really serve?

© 2022 Jean Jones

Jean Jones has an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He teaches English as a Second Language part–time at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, and is regularly published by Horror Zine and Aphelion Webzine.

Find more by Jean Jones in the Author Index.