Judge Holden is the Devil


May 30, 2015 by Laird

The Judge in McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is Satan. The book tells us so within the first few pages when he confronts a tent-revival preacher with a litany of false accusations. The reverend says,

                                                          This is him. The devil. Here he stands.

Case closed.

9 thoughts on “Judge Holden is the Devil

  1. Kevin z says:

    I agree. His character alone seemed to transcend the story. Because, at the risk of sounding lame, He is a part of all stories man tells. An archetype? Certainly. The Adversary, the Opponent. Yes.

    Murder by Death has a song, “Ash”

    “…and who could tell the dogs from the men? I’ve seen their faces and I know where they’ve been. I know I’m with ’em but I ain’t like them, no. I ain’t like them…”

    Always went hand in hand with that Cormac story.

    • Laird says:

      Will check it out. I’ve been known to listen to a little MBD.

      • lordjimington says:

        Saw MBD a few years ago, playing with Rasputina…also highly recommended (and from Hudson Valley, I believe!).

  2. tom fattorusso says:

    Cormac I think is never better than: No country for old men-and that particular villain is -if not the devil -one of his top cohorts- ! The prose is so lean and mean and his villain is so good he deserves his own novel- one hopes Cormac is writing it- of course it translated to film better than one could ever hope as well. Who will ever forget the coin flipping scene in the gas station? Truly one for the ages-

  3. KJ says:

    “It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner. That is the way it was and will be. That way and not some other way.”

    Lord. That’s chilling. Because it happens to be true.

  4. dwbehrend says:

    A hell of a book, in every sense of the word.

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