Marsuvees Black is the main antagonist in the three Paradise Novels. He was created when Billy Rediger wrote into a Book of History a living manifestation of his deepest fears. When Black originally came to Paradise, he promised anyone whatever they wanted. However, this was proven to be false, as he would make it benefit himself in the end. Black had his influence spread to all children at the monastery except one: Johnny Drake. Because Johnny had seen Black's true nature when he strode into Paradise he was less susceptible than the rest of the town.