Halloween – “when the year too dies”… #RichardIII, #ghosts and #afterlives…

While editing the contributions to ‘Grant Me the Carving of My Name’ I noticed a bit of a theme…

Not to put too fine a point on it – death! Well, several ghosts or spirits (kindred or otherwise), stories set in the afterlife, an execution or two, battles with all that they entail… Even some of the lighter pieces had the same theme running through them! 👻

Trying not to dwell too much on the elegiac, I did my best to mix the stories up, and even added a piece of ‘flash fiction’ that offered a bright moment in King Richard’s life. And, while it’s not perhaps surprising that this theme was so prevalent, given the fact that we tend to view his life very much in hindsight for obvious reasons, I’ve been thinking that, if I assemble another Ricardian anthology in the future, I may opt to give it a more uplifting theme – maybe Christmas, or celebration, just to ring the changes! 

But that’s for the future. Today is, of course, a day when, as Marla Skidmore, one of our contributors, says, the veil between the world of the living and that of the dead was thin, and the souls of the dead perhaps did return to walk among the living…


And another of our contributors, Jennifer C. Wilson, also likes nothing better than to stroll about famous  British landmarks in the company of (kindred) spirits, and also it seems cake…. (well, who doesn’t?!)

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“Grant Me the Carving of My Name” will be available from 2nd December 2018 from author.to/AlexMarchant

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A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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