THE YELLOW CROSS by René Weis (Book Review)

The Cathars (who feature in the Mariana Prequel – The Rose of Sharon / Mermaid out of Water) flourished in the south of France, and in Corsica and the north of Italy, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. They were a Christian sect, but they were not Roman Catholics. They did not have a heirarchy…

Colum’s Day 1 – Children of AN 1.2

Start from the beginning?   Children of AN 1.1 She carried it over to the boy. ‘So you were Christians, yet someone – your father? – gave you that green boar. And now, here you are, among the wulboar deep in the green-brown autumn wood. I shall call you Moksel.’ She took the boy’s hand and…

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem – As the Urban Dictionary says,  this is a shortened version of the original Latin phrase “Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero” meaning “seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.” Commonly used to justify spontaneous behavior and to make the most out of today, because one doesn’t know if one will…

Colum’s Day 1 – Children of AN 1.1

The opening pages of a new novel set in the far north of Scotland in the year 530 AD. I am going to publish this story here, section by section, as I write it. Any comments would be very welcome! This is the image I propose to base the cover upon. Children of AN 1:…

The Metaphysics of Tarot, Part 2

In my previous post on the metaphysical commitments required of (a certain kind of) Tarot reader, I hit two main points: the non-identity of mind and brain, and the non-linear nature of time.* One comment I got on that post was to the effect that both of those commitments seem uncontroversial; they’re the kind of […]…

MARIANA DE LA MAR 1 – FREE!

Of Witches, Whores & Alchemists (Mariana de la Mar 1) will be available for download from Amazon Kindle FREE from 30th November to 4th December inclusive.  

LIVE BAIT – Opening Lines

All that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD (Deut 18:12)  Southwark, March, 1379 ‘Do you remember when you jumped into the river in Paris?’ Ferchard asked, suddenly. ‘In the middle of winter. Daft wench.’ ‘Daft? If I hadn’t, the poor girl would have drowned.’ ‘I didn’t mean you, not this time. The…

The Metaphysics of Tarot

Originally posted on Jack of Wands Tarot:
What do you have to believe in order to read Tarot? Well, technically, nothing. Tarot is a practice, not a dogma, and you can learn the interpretive skill without any prerequisite beliefs. But at the same time, the ways in which many readers use Tarot do entail certain…

SUNNGIFU

​ A short story set in the world of Merlin, King Arthur and the Kights of the Round Table. One of the knights, Sir Julian Hautboys, has mislaid his wife. He asks Merlin to locate her. 2,900 words

LIVE BAIT

Mariana de la Mar,  Book 2 Mariana continues her bawdy and frequently catastrophic career as a solver of mysteries, this time in England, where, having been recruited to a network of secret agents specialising in the occult, she takes on two of the Undead which infested the country, especially Essex, not only in the early…