This week’s picture is a bit early as I’ll be heading to Lexington KY tomorrow for SCAREFEST. Come visit I’m in booth 194 with Macabre Mercantile.
Pete looked up from his journal. Who could be at his door this early on a Saturday? He debated rushing to answer but chose to continue the paragraph he was writing. He wanted to write down his dream before it slipped away.
What the hell? Are they using a battering ram? The nerve of some people. He could picture the way it would go. He’d fling open the door and confront whoever was there with fire in his hazel eyes.
If it was his nosy neighbor Gladys he’d read her the riot act. He hoped it was a Mormon or one of those Jehovah’s Witness people. He had wanted to try out a zinger along the lines of “My dark master Satan forbids it” for the longest time.
KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK
Jesus Christ, it sounded like they were going to break the door.
“All right,” he shouted and pushed his journal roughly aside.
Pete ripped the door open, hoping to startle his unwanted visitor. He was the one who took a startled step back as the door revealed the man on the other side.
The man stood nearly six feet tall and half as wide. He was as rugged as a boulder and clad in moldering mangy furs. His black mane was wild and festooned with sticks and leaves. He smiled, revealing teeth filed to shark points, and opened an incongruous briefcase with faded lettering reading “Fraternal Brother of Cannibals Local 73″
He withdrew a large blood caked knife and forced his way into Pete’s home.
I am a huge fan of Prof. Foglio’s webcomic: Girl Genius. This is a novelization of a part of that graphic story. Even though I’ve followed this exact story online it was really fun to read it as prose. You can get so much deeper into the characters and get more world background than the graphic format allows. I truly loved the footnotes sprinkled throughout the text. It’s a fun steampunk adventure full of thrills, humor and of course mad science. I can’t recommend it enough. If you love things like the Discworld, you’ll love this.
About to embark on my next project. It’s from another medieval source. This one is called: Dance of Death, The Alchemist.
The Dance of Death or ‘Le Danse Macabre’ or ‘Totentanz’ or ‘la Danza de la Muerte’ was an artistic response across Europe to the devastation brought about by the plague or black death.
‘Heidelberger Totentanz’, was possibly the first book in which the dance of death was portrayed. The author is unknown but it was printed by Heinrich Knoblochtzer in 1488 and contains a core series of 38 woodcuts in which the satricial emblem of death visits upon all manner of citizens. In most, the skeleton carries a musical instrument as a type of Pied Piper motif.
I think I will be embarking on a series of these if it comes out well.