“There was a wall. It did not look important. It was built of uncut rocks roughly mortared. An adult could look right over it, and even a child could climb it. Where it crossed the roadway, instead of having a gate it degenerated into mere geometry, a line, an idea of boundary. But the idea was real. It was important. For seven generations there had been nothing in the world more important than that wall. Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side of it you were on.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
“Have you thought about what it means to be a god? It means you give up your mortal existence to become a meme: something that lives forever in people’s minds, like the tune of a nursery rhyme. It means that everyone gets to re-create you in their own minds. You barely have your own identity any more. Instead, you’re a thousand aspects of what people need you to be. And everyone wants something different from you. Nothing is fixed, nothing is stable.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“A Shadow of Autumn is a forthcoming anthology featuring macabre fall tales by a variety of modern speculative fiction authors. From yarns about strange trick or treat festivities to monstrous tales of harvest gone awry, these stories will keep you entertained long after the season’s last jack-o’-lantern has dimmed.”
I’m so excited to be a part of this project! A Shadow of Autumn is edited by the fabulous Gwendolyn Kiste. The model in the photo is Payden King.
“Only a real artist knows the actual anatomy of the terrible or the physiology of fear – the exact sort of lines and proportions that connect up with latent instincts or hereditary memories of fright, and the proper colour contrasts and lighting effects to stir the dormant sense of strangeness.”
― H.P. Lovecraft, Pickman’s Model