Exiles of the Sun

 “If I'm an angel, paint me with black wings.” --- Anne Rice, The Vampire Armand A collective shudder of eager expectation like the ripple of massing…


Into the Dreamtime

"Van Diemen's land is a hell for a man To end out his whole life in slavery Where the climate is raw and the gun makes the law Neither wind nor rain…


Mari Lwyd

Setting: 14th Century Cymru ("Wales" in the Saxon Conquest), Post-Anglo-Norman Conquest The Mari Lwyd (/mæriˈlɔɪd/) is a wassailing folk custom found…


Black Forest: The Legend of Krampus

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." --- William Shakespeare Setting: Renaissance Germany The fugitive, desperately…


The Familiar

"By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, whoever knocks." --- William Shakespeare, Macbeth Aloof from the…


Smiles of Fire to the Night

“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!” --- Bram Stoker, Dracula As if a mad carnival rolled into town, the leaf-strewn…


Alone

“We live as we dream: alone...” --- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Lost....the realisation strikes deep... The endless trees are like bars of a…


Nocturne of All Hallows’ Eve

"Don't look back, and don't run. You must never run from anything immortal; it attracts their attention." --- Peter S. Beagle Night had begun to cast…


Skinwalker

“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…


Whaler’s Cove

“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…