American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

By Robert Jackson Bennett

ISBN-13: 978-0-316-21451-3

Some locations are too strong to be true.
Under a red moon, there's a ideal little city no longer discovered on any map.
In that city, there are quiet streets covered with lovely homes, homes that disguise the strangest things.
After a pair years of tough touring, ex-cop Mona vivid inherits her long-dead mother's domestic in Wink, New Mexico. And the nearer Mona will get to her mother's earlier, the extra she is aware that the folks of Wink are very, very diverse ...
From one in every of our such a lot gifted and unique new literary voices comes the following nice American supernatural novel: a piece that explores the darkish dimensions of the hometowns and the friends we concept we knew.

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32 Ronsard is referring here to the traditions of Classical Antiquity, to the dryads, hamadryds, and other nymphs that Ovid depicted so wonderfully in his story about Erythichthon. ” 33 Ronsard was unaware, however, that this belief was widespread throughout all of Europe. A tree is a living being that is respected, to whom fate has alloted a certain lifespan; therefore, people refrained from chopping it down without rhyme or reason, as that could be dangerous. It is close to man and sometimes his personification; it sings, speaks, bleeds.

9 Corners are ambivalent locations as they are the abode of benevolent or malevolent forces. Various liquids can be sprinkled in them, or this or that item will be placed in them. 10 During the nineteenth century in the Russian region of Kostroma, the head of a rooster would be cut off on the threshold of the drying house or the bath house and its blood would be spread in the corners in order to disperse any malevolent forces they might be sheltering. 11 We should note that these rites can be divided into two types of measures: some are apotropaic (defensive), while the others have a sacrificial value.

The Outside of the House The rural house quite often consists of several buildings situated around a courtyard, and this also forms part of the domestic space. The courtyard therefore warrants a brief discussion, as we will encounter various beliefs that relate to it in the contexts we have already discussed. 42 In Russia, a spirit that can assume the shape of a snake with a rooster’s head, called a dvorovik, lives in the courtyard. 43 We should recall that the domovoj is almost always a dwarf, whose face is covered by hair except for his nose and around the eyes.

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