Phantasmagoria: Tales Tall & Short
I have been gradually building up a number of prose pieces that, in various ways, blend elements of fantasy, folklore, steampunk and speculative fiction. Some of these narratives are episodic. Some share characters. To make it easier for those wishing to follow along & better understand some of the ideas that form the basis of these imagined realities I have created this page.
The Caravaggio Sequence
In this set of episodic narratives, the painter Caravaggio is painting reality. He exists in a world of probability and re-cycled events. He desperately tries to paint himself out of a temporal corner. The mystery is whether this reality is just some virtual construct or a collapsing temporal hole. Perhaps it is both.
Steampunk & Lovecraft Tales
Atlantean Artifacts Revealed:
Allegories & Folk Tales of Metaphor & Wordplay
News from the Front Lines A news report from a metaphorical reality. This satirical allegory is based on a world of literary terms come to life.
Surreal Thursday: Crow-Magnon This tale explores a world of folk tale and word play. The crow/raven is a trickster who brings gifts and knowledge at a price; see the absurdity and laughter in living.
The Beowulf Barometer Sequence
An episodic adventure featuring the wizard, Johann Filigree Hexameter Aomori. The narrative takes the classic trope of a murder mystery on train and sets it in a steampunk fantasy reality. The basis of the magic combines the concepts of Jungian Psychology and the beliefs/ideas from Victorian & Edwardian occult/pseudo-sciences.
I call the rules of this reality Meta-textual Metaphysics. In effect, the wizard is aware that his universe is a narrative. His survival depends on manipulating the narrative through various forms of magic & advanced scientific devices. Along the way, he encounters living archetypes and symbols; at times, his reality takes on a dream-like quality, as space & time shifts. Word-play and metaphor can both reflect & alter reality.