Happy Hallows’ Eve

by  Christian A. Brown  |  October 26, 2014  |     No Comments

Dear Gargirls and Boils,

I do enjoy the upcoming holiday. I think that many writers do, since it’s a time of indulgence in, and fearful respect of the supernatural. It is important to understand darkness, to visit it now and again, so that we can appreciate light. It is important for humans to have a little fear.

Now because this is a special holiday, I’d like to give something back to the fans of Geadhain. As you know I’ve been toiling away on the 3rd manuscript for a while now, while the second is being tossed around between editors. I wish the process was faster, however, in order to produce something of quality, these things really shouldn’t be rushed. That doesn’t mean that I can’t share with you a glimpse of what’s to come. Not even an appetizer, really, more like a waft from the kitchen. If you’ve read Feast of Fates (and I do hope that you have!), you’ll be familiar with the various poems littered throughout, many by the famed wandering minstrel Kericott. Well, his work makes an appearance in Feast of ****** (the second novel, name still top-secret, though the asterisks are indicative of an appropriate letter count, so guess away). In what is becoming a tradition with these novels, the book begins with a poem of Kericott’s, a poem that I believe is suitably appropriate for a holiday that celebrates the macabre and unearthly. And so, with a hearty Happy Halloween to you and yours, I would like to share with you Lady Pale.*

—Lady Pale—

A quickening pall, o’er eves doth glisten;

twinkling sights, starry night,

in deepest of darks, doth listen

For the slithering crawl,

the worm that gnaws—

each bite, a letter of pain

Spider to spine, blood to wine,

be the sacraments of her name

Which while never spoke—

but by madmen and damned—

needn’t be to invoke;

or abjure her thin hand

A sweep of her grace,

gaunt beauty of her face,

and with the white lady

In ashes, you stand

—Kericott, poet of Geadhain

 

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*Draft material, and while likely not to change, it could!

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