Red Jest

“Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night. What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” William Blake I. A small…


The Stray

“It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream---making a vain attempt, because no relation of a dream can convey the dream-sensation, that…


Rebel Vampyre

“It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws.” --- Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of…


The Strigoi

"Strigoi in Romanian mythology are troubled spirits that are said to have risen from the grave. They are attributed with the abilities to transform…


Daughter of Hel: The Lost Saga of Krampus, Part 2

III: Krampusnacht, 20th Century by the Mortal Calendar, a German Burgh Bordering the Black Forest I might have sought an elusive solace in the…


Daughter of Hel: The Lost Saga of Krampus, Part 1

I. "Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or…


Rose on Poe’s Grave

"I wish I could write as mysteriously as a cat." --- Edgar Allan Poe The door was blown ajar, papers tossed with red leaves as if by a yearning sigh…


Dance of Masks and Fire: The Witchfinder’s Shadow

"I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink." --- Sarah Good, one of the 20 people…


Confessions of a Banshee

“Murmurs passed along the valleys like the Banshee's lonely croon And a thousand blades were flashing at the rising of the moon.“ John Keegan Casey,…


Mano Niuhi: The Legend of the Sharkmen

“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.” --- Joseph Conrad Eyes dark as undelved pearls…