L’Ogre de la Ruine
Perpetual winter has seen the land barren, an unceasing rain that has turned the fields to marsh, diseased the animals and from the rotting body of earth a sickness is spreading to a people already starved by famine and bled by war. The mad king is dead and a bastard now sits on the throne, but it is an uneasy seat, for invaders have taken the south and are swiftly marching north.
It is the end times and two priests are confronted by the theft of children, murder and rape and their faith alone keeps them alive. A faith strongly tested by an evil embodied in man, the supernatural alive in flesh, the beast come to claim his own.
“Thorn’s seminal work reads like fantasy but is firmly rooted in 13th century Europe, it is an eye opening vision of the apocalypse seen by those who were living through it, paired with folklore and superstition. A prophetic analogy of our times.”
All Mirth and No Matter
The opulence of Carnival has ended and a troupe of actors, riding on the success of the season, head over the mountains of Italia to perform at the joint birthday and wedding celebrations of the proud Baron of Wurmstein. When they arrive they dazzle and entertain the populace with a series of masque plays, acrobatic feats and magic. But there is a more sinister agenda for these men of many faces. Death subtly follows them wherever they go and the seat of the Baron is an uneasy one.
Amongst the intrigue of the court, and the diversion of the actors something else is striving to break free. A supernatural menace, barely contained in a black windowless wagon. A force of fate, chaos and pure will is trying to exert itself onto the stage and into the lives of the populace. All it would take for it to unleash itself is for one little thing to go wrong, and luck is about to turn against them.
“Combining elements of Shakespeare and Faust, magic and folklore in the mysterious panorama of the Alps in the middle ages comes a fantasy which will challenge your conceptions of reality, and dismiss any previously held beliefs on proper narrative in this mind bending, convoluted medieval tour de force.”