Day thirty one (31). Frankenstein.
The monster and his creation.
Harnessing galvanism his misguided labours gave birth to creature to be scorned, feared and hated for his difference and grotesque deviation.
We feel for his Adam as when we enter this world we do not ask for it and so often those who bring into this world show us no guidance. Our generation is the one without purpose. The grotesquery is the world we inherit in shambles.
What heart could have given birth to such a tale 200 years ago?
Inktober draws to a close but I hope that the creation from your hands continues to flow.
Day thirty (30). Bride.
You'll give your heart and she'll consume it.
Day twenty nine (29). Mary Shelley.
Mary Shelley, it was said, after the passing of Percy Shelley at sea, only ever to be identified by the clothing he wore. in the pocket of which Mary had secreted a book of poems, the body was cremated only to find the heart unburnt. It had apparently calcified during a bout of consumption [or tuberculosis] and after it was returned to her she carried it wrapped in one of Percy's poems, Adonais.
Has another author conveyed such chilling impulses and made manifest the utter despair of abandonment and loneliness as she? What her heart must have felt is near unimaginable.
Day twenty eight (28). Raven.
Deep into that darkness peering. Long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting.
Dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared dream before.
Excerpt from E. A. Poe's "The Raven".
Ravens and crows have held a significance and appeared some of my favourite media.
From Poe's The Raven to Matthew in @neilhimself 's Sandman. From Odin's Thought and Memory to The Raven King of the faeries.
Day twenty six (26). Toad.
Love your familiar. Even if he's a toad.
Day twenty five (25). Dark Forest.
The darkness within was palpable...
Not like the darkness that the ancients feared; for what they feared in darkness and death was the unknown. They feared uncertainty. What you do not know, you cannot control – and remain powerless.
No. This Darkness within the forest knew things, things we we dare not imagine.
And with that thought, he stepped forward and in the instance of crossing the treeline his torch went out.
Day twenty four (24). Hunter's Moon.
Young man came from hunting faint, tired and weary
What does ail my Lord, my dearie?
Oh, brother dear, let my bed be made
For I feel the gripe of the woody nightshade
Men need a man would die as soon
Out of the light of a mage's moon
But it's not by bone, but yet by blade
Can break the magic that the devil made
And it's not my fire, but was forged in flame
Can drown the sorrows of a huntsman's pain
This young man he died fair soon
By the light of a hunter'e moon
'Twas not by bone, nor yet by blade
Of the berries of the woody nightshade
Oh Father dear lie and be safe
From the path that the devil made
- Daniel Pemberton / Samuel Leslie Lee
The Devil and the Huntsman
Day Twenty three (23). Monster (Dorian Gray)
"Hell is empty and all the devil's are here."
- William Shakespeare
Is there anything more terrifying than than the darkness within us?
Day twenty two (22). Pumpkin.
I was at a bit of a loss till 'ol #jackskellington sang his lament in my Halloween playlist. Who better to grace paper than the #pumpkinking himself.
Day twenty one (21). Alien [Stranger in a Strange Land]
Michael Valentine Smith of Robert Heinlein's 1961 novel. .
Day twenty (20). Serpent.
Inspired by Bram Stoker's The Lair of the White Worm, during the last year's of his life.
Day eighteen (18). Rat.
I struggled to start this one on account of my irrational fear of being paralyzed and having my feet gnawed off by rats.
Kinda cool that they have collapsible spines though...
Day Seventeen (17). Werewolf [Ashina].
According to the Gokturk ethnogenic myth, the Ashina were half wolf, half man. The offspring of the she-wolf, Asena, and the infant she suckled and raised; fierce warriors and the founders what is now Turkey.
In some legends the bite of a werewolf is fatal to a vampire... Interestingly, an often overlooked detail in the downfall of Vlad Tepes [or Caziglu Bey, as he was known by the Turks] was defeated by his Younger brother, Radu Dracula; a Janissary at the command of the Turkish Sultan, and ordered to bring his head back to Constantinople as proof of the Impaler Prince's demise.
Easily credited as the noted figure to have been alleged to be a vampire, met his end with his own brother, Radu... [a variation of Rudolf] which as it happens, means "wise old wolf"