Agnia’s story is now officially titled The Blood Lands.
As with Algul, the story starts with a fairy tale. The kind of tale told by peasants at the hearth, late at night. And within the fairy tale lies the seed of a misunderstanding which will have consequences.
During the opening year of World War One, the British fought a desperate action against the advancing Germans at the Battle of Mons. A month after the battle, Arthur Machen, the Welsh author wrote a story about phantom archers who had come to save the British, the now infamous story of The Angels of Mons.
What has made the story infamous over time, was its acceptance as truth by the public, who were desperate to hear of any supernatural intervention at such a horrific time in England’s history.. That angels had indeed come to save the British.
Agnia is no angel, but her unfortunate encounter with the Ghoul King, the ostensible King of the Dead has marked her in a way far beyond the scars she carries.
As with all my stories, while I have an outline in my head – the characters drive what happens. Right now I am struggling with an unruly cast of ruffians and scoundrels who must be portrayed as they are. Hopefully, the story can be told in a timely manner.
note: Arthur Machen is one of the greats of the supernatural. He greatly influenced H.P. Lovecraft. I have not read his works, but know them by reputation – but I have an odd feeling I had best read The Great God Pan.