Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Reprinted: Walpurgisnacht

My short story "Walpurgisnacht" has been republished by The Pagan Activist. Drop by and refresh your memory of this short story set on the dark night of April 30th, the time when witches are supposed to fly across northern Europe. I originally wrote this for a Take Back the Night event at UConn. I figured it might be the only thing that wasn't poetry, but I think the relevant subtext (child abuse) was too subtle for a reading -- it works better in print. But writers are notoriously bad judges of their own work.

Some traveling evangelists knocked on the door today. I smiled as I sent them away, because of course it made me think of the first episode of Black Books (see the quotes; Bernard welcomes an unexpected visit from Mormon missionaries). But I haven't begun to even think about taxes... yet.


Cranky Yankee said...

You're much nicer than me.

I usually chase them away with the fear of their god in them.

C. Margery Kempe said...

Somehow, can easily imagine that!

I feel sorry for them -- what a difficult and tedious time. What a strange religion that believes in that kind of transmission of faith. It seems as bad as my memories of phone polling, except you have to do it face to face. A smile is nicer than a slammed door, but I recall there have been other days when I was less kindly. I guess I just happened to be in a good mood. Happens a lot more lately for some reason.


The Queen said...

Congrats on the reprint- I'm off to refresh my memory of it. Actually, it'll be like reading it for the first time.... :)