This is a Christmas present for my friend Saana from Finland. Sisu is a uniquely Finnish term defined as a special strength and persistent determination; a resolve to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity…an almost magical quality, a combination of stamina, perseverance, courage, and determination held in reserve for hard times.
This is the story of a fairly confused old man who can't seem to figure out just where (when) he is.
This has basis in an actual event. The Mary Celeste was a ship that embarked from New York to Italy in 1872. She was later found completely seaworthy but without a soul aboard. For more on this see: http://www.deafwhale.com/maryceleste/
This story is from the perspective of the ghost of a suicide. Though short, it is meant to be an emotionally powerful story.
Typical frustrated ghost, having a little trouble with a scaring. He's no Casper, though.
Notes Details concerning the vampire came from The Vampire: His Kith and Kin by Montague Summers, London, K. Paul Trench, Trubner, 1928. Text of the Absolution of Excommunication copied from the 1964 edition of the Roman Ritual translated by Rev. Phillip Weller from Fr. Jason Spadafore's Resource Center.
This is my contribution to James Bowers Project #6 - Artificial Intelligence.
On August 19, 1692 five 'witches' were hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem, MA. One of them was a former Minister of Salem Village. People were convinced that with him, they had captured the leader of the local witches.
It's only a game, right? I mean the pieces don't really care what happens on the board. Do they?
This is about a man who hears ghostly voices in his head. They belong to his father and grandfather. They're toying with him.
This is a sequel to 'Minerva's Curse' Check out the illustration by Ramona C. Bogott, Pegasus' Birth
Inspired by this pic of which my friend is the subject, this is an attempt to explain the evil that exists in the world
Someone said you never really die until everyone has forgotten that you lived...
In 1531 Juan Ponce de Leon was killed by Calusa Indians as he explored Southern Florida. Rumor has it that he searched for the Fountain of Youth. He never found it, but what if...
We often think of fairies as small, beautiful creatures that live in the forest and love music and dancing. But they can be very dangerous when crossed as you'll see in the following tale.
This is 'An Irish Tale' from the point of view of the Leprechaun. I think it's funnier than the original. Elfwood artist Richard Svensson has created an illustration for this poem, called The Leprechaun. Check it out!
This is a companion piece to The Black Mirror. It was written for the Herscher Project #20: 'Through the Looking Glass.' Notes Black Mirror © 2003 by Maisha Foster-O'Neal. Reprinted with permission. Some of Maisha's other work can be found here. The Internet Sacred Text Archive is an excellent resource for information about witchcraft in Ireland. Information about the death of speedboat legend Sir Henry O'Neal de Hane Segrave can be found here. Information concerning scrying with a black mirror came from Katyln Breen on the awesome Crystal Forest website.
This sequel to 'The Forgotten' was inspired by some of its comments...
When I read the Catharist belief that procreation is Satan's work and shouldn't be practiced I started thinking: What if everyone adopted that belief and no more children were born? Ultimately... Notes Information concerning Catharist beliefs came from The Medieval Source Book. The xenophongroup provided the history of the Albigensian Crusades.
This is the hidden meaning behind the note in 'The Hubble Returns'. This will probably make more sense if you read that one first.
This story is based on actual testimonials that contributed to the murder by hanging of several people accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692.
This was inspired by a drawing my friend Crymson-Rayne drew a while ago, which can be viewed here
This poem about the famous winged horse was written at the request of my friend Laura.
A shanachie is someone whose job is to record the deeds of heroes. A good one will know all the major combatants on both sides of a battle.
This is the story of a fellow who comes across a leprechaun. If caught, the leprechaun has to grant 3 wishes and reveal the secret location of his pot of gold.
Classic story of differing points of view. Someone is obviously failing to understand the situation. But who?
This tale of sorcery was inspired by Maisha Foster-O'Neal's poem Black Mirror. A black mirror can be used to communicate with spirits in the same way as a crystal ball. Notes Black Mirror © 2003 by Maisha Foster-O'Neal. Reprinted with permission. Some of Maisha's other work can be found here. The Internet Sacred Text Archive is an excellent resource for information about witchcraft in Ireland. Information about the death of speedboat legend Sir Henry O'Neal de Hane Segrave can be found here. Information concerning scrying with a black mirror came from Katyln Breen on the awesome Crystal Forest website.
This was written for the 130th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863. In attendance are 2 very special delegates - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1825) & Benjamin Franklin(1706-1790) - they're concerned about their country during this time of civil conflict, and have appeared to hear what President Lincoln has to say...
A very short vampire story An even shorter version of this story has been published at Residential Aliens
Typical genii in a bottle story. Written The Herscher Project #11 'Careful what you wish for...'
One windy day, I was working and the wind kept blowing paperwork all over the room. It seemed to be doing it on purpose...