All Bedlam Courses Past (part forty-three)

Posted by ractrose on 29 May 2023 in Fiction

          All Bedlam Courses Past   Chapter Two Avarice Creeping On (part forty-three)         He was interrupting her, he was nakedly mortified by the notion of spiritualism; he had given to the word that intonation no member of Ebrach’s circle would bear unchallenged. And he was wrong, in […]

Yoharie (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 29 May 2023 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Yard Sale (part three)               The car pulled to the curb, engine running, a hand at the window. That, over there, the hand was saying to the driver. It froze, then gestured, well, okay, but why not? Kate pulled her hair into a mock ponytail and let it […]

Magical Beings: This week’s AI images

Posted by ractrose on 28 May 2023 in Art, Nonfiction

Fairy Queens, Shamans, and maybe goddesses?     I began with a request for a magical being who lives in a house made of butterflies. It doesn’t seem there’s much concept of butterfly construction for the bot to draw on, so it gave me houses adorned with butterflies. The light of the first image has […]

The Mirrors (part forty-five)

Posted by ractrose on 27 May 2023 in Fiction, Novels

      The Mirrors (part forty-five)     Then the war. Then the epidemic. And I was ill, but I worked. St. Hubert hummed quietly for me. Charleton, old friend, here you’ve come to me again, telling lies.   Here is Charleton, weary of movement, a book on his lap. A medical text. He […]

The Totem-Maker (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 26 May 2023 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker The Little I Can Tell (part three)                     I do not mean to dwell on trees, except to say I remember the smell, and the bitter flour ground from the seeds that matured at summer’s end. This flour I knew intimately, as among my […]

My Blog Week: May 14 to May 20

Posted by ractrose on 25 May 2023 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                   On Monday, All Bedlam Courses Past, with Élucide locating one Sartain at the Nashville station. Wednesday, The Totem-Maker recounts more early memories. Friday, The Mirrors, and the viewpoint of Charleton Dumain. Saturday, Yoharie, Hibbler’s […]

All Bedlam Course Past (part forty-two)

Posted by ractrose on 22 May 2023 in Fiction, Novels

          All Bedlam Courses Past   Chapter Two Avarice Creeping On (part forty-two)         Temperance, she might have said, the dry laws, and why [asked naively] do we not enforce them countywide? These posturings were the political game, the sniper’s blind built of sticks and straw; her father […]

Keep his distance (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 21 May 2023 in Art, Poems

      Keep his distance   He is much closer now to his condemners Manners, if good social manners would stop the driver of a van He will sit, monitor this scene through a dirty screen A wireless device at rest near his resting hand Hand that touches no lover’s knee She in the […]

Yoharie (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 21 May 2023 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Hibbler, Awake (part two)               He felt something. An intrusive prod, a dull instrument’s pinpoint of contact…a pen, his mind told him, was what this was. Todwillow, who did not wash often enough, and wore drugstore aftershave, was leaning over him, poking at him. This bodily proximity made […]

The Mirrors (part forty-four)

Posted by ractrose on 19 May 2023 in Fiction, Novels

      The Mirrors (part forty-four)     I thought about Joseph. Sometime after the riot, the inferno, the months the militia held the city, the gangs brought in to sweep the glass, to break the burnt foundations, cart away barrows of brick… Brick by the ton. Broken cornice-work, roofing slates that had sliced […]