September Mourning describes themselves as a “Hard Rock Graphic Novel Art Project”, and “20 Below” certainly brings this description to life. From the stage to the screen, everthing you see and hear from September Mourning ties into a brilliant storyline which was thought up by frontwoman, Emily Lazar (September) in 2009. The main character of the story, September, is a human-reaper hybrid. She was once a human being whose soul was under attack by a comic book character by the name of Fate. September attained her “hybridism” when Riven, a reaper sent by Fate to take her soul, fell in love with her instead. He split his soul with hers and gave her some of his powers.
According to High Road Publicity, “20 Below follows the continuing story of human-reaper hybrid ‘September’ through parallel storylines as she is pursued between two worlds.”
Lazar says that “20 Below is about ending the cycle of abuse within our own lives, whether it’s self-inflicted or from an outisde source. We’ve all had those relationships where someone has gotten close to us, abuses us in some way…knocks us down so hard it diminishes our self-esteem. 20 Below is about the realization that the beat down feeling and feelings of worthlessness are untrue and being caused by some external negativity. It’s about being strong enough within your own self to rise above.”
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