The Inspiration of Re-Emergence
What inspired me to write a tale for Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity about a Siren? Beyond the obvious connection that I am a founding member of Sirens Call Publications, I’ve always had a fascination with humanoid creatures living deep in the seas (or in space, but that is an altogether different post!).
As a young girl, I was exposed to a great deal of myth, most of which was not classical. My uncle would tell stories of Viking myths, Slavic lore, and of course, the inescapable spin on where the Vampire, Werewolf and Sea Creature legends came from. This sounds like a ton of fun, and don’t misunderstand me – it certainly was. But it was the type of fun you could expect to experience in History class where once the information had been doled out to you, it was fairly well guaranteed that there was going to be a pop-quiz at any moment!
My Uncle, I’m very sad to say, is no longer with us, but the tales he told me and the ‘evidence’ he emphatically pounded into my sponge-like brain has always stayed a true part of who I am. I would have loved to dive into the obvious lore that modern culture seems to be thriving on these days, but that seemed a disservice to those who would write about classical mythology and ancient monsters. So I reached deep into my CD holder in my car (yup feel free to start laughing now), and pulled out my Little Mermaid CD and made a distinct and informed choice – I was going to spin a tale about women of the sea!
I took a great deal of liberty with the actual chronicled lore of Sirens, as in my tale they are not the failed winged maidens of Persephone made to live out their lives on a lush island of green, calling to her in mournful tones that draw sailors to their death upon the rocky shores. I wanted my tale to be a bit more personal, one man’s experience with a creature sailors of old have long reported seeing swimming in impossible waters. Admittedly, I did mix an implication of mermaid folklore into the story – how could I not as I was inspired by the vocal strains of none other than Ariel herself! But my Siren is most assuredly not a mermaid.
My goal was to write an engaging story, that honored not only the later telling of Siren mythology in which a race of female creatures were cruel beyond any known limit, but also my Uncles desire to impress on me through various old maps and books with replicated sea fairing charts and drawing, that anything could be possible, and that as a race in general, humans know very little about what dwells in the deep oceanic waters that cover a vast majority of our planet. Don’t start sweating, we’re not going to have a Discovery Channel moment here, and I’m fairly certain I’m done mentioning the big D. (humming “Under the Sea” to myself as I type…)
What odd twist does my Beautiful Creature of the Sea come What the Hell Is That Thing! story take? It would be unfair to tell you, as I already know how it ends. But it’s a spin on the mixed tales I’ve not heard before… and hopefully one you haven’t either. Whichever the case may be, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Explore the twelve tales of horror and intrigue in Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity and ask yourself, what would you consider a fair price to pay for life immortal… or the chance of life at all?
Would a young woman pass up a shiny bauble if she believed it to be nothing more than a harmless trinket? What transpires once a year in a peaceful and remote village that no one will ever speak of? What better way for a broken man to honor a crippled existence than with a memorial of blood and vengeance? How could a disfigured woman ever dream of chancing across an object that would restore her beauty – and at what cost?
Follow the twists and turns of each writer as they delve into the legends of days gone by, as well as the consequences that are wrought when myths and monstrosities collide with our world.
Contributing Authors include:
Thomas James Brown, Nina D’Arcangela, K. Trap Jones, Amber Keller, Lisamarie Lamb, Edward Lorn, Alexa Muir, Kate Monroe, Joseph A. Pinto, J. Marie Ravenshaw, Julianne Snow, and Jonathan Templar
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Here is a glimpse of Nina’s story Re-Emergence; a re-imagining of the classic Siren with a horrific twist. Please enjoy this longer look at one of the stories contained with Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity –
“Michael! Michael, what are you doing son? Get away from the rail; it isn’t safe to stand there!”
Michael turned in desperation seeking help from the other deckhands, but in a maelstrom such as this, the men were encumbered with more important tasks. Securing the lines; pulling in the oiled cloths that serve the Three-Masted vessel they were trying with all diligence to keep afloat in the churning, violent waves; and tying down any loose debris that might be tossed about injuring crew or ship. It is no wonder Michael’s calls for help go unanswered.
“Son, I said get away from the rail!” the Captain orders while wrestling to keep the wheel from spinning wildly off course, lest they be swamped by a wave large enough to swallow them whole and pull the entire ship and its crew to the bottom of the sea with its brutal fury.
Michael turned to the Captain, “But Father, I can see her, she is struggling in the waves, we must do something to help her. We cannot just leave her to the ravages of the storm!”
“No Michael, there is no one there! Get away from the rail son, we need you on deck!”
As the ship is tossed to and fro on the frothy angry sea, Michael leaned out, hands cupped to his mouth shouting a warning that he has seen her, for her not to be frightened, they will find a way to rescue her from the water’s angry clutches. As Michael bent further still over the rail in an effort to be heard above the din of the howling wind, the Captain gives orders to his first mate to take the wheel so that he may save his fool of a son before it is too late.
Just as the Captain relinquishes the wheel, the ship is hit by not one, not two, nor even three, but four consecutive waves that force a moan from deep within the bowels of the vessel, sounds of a cracking hull. In the same instant, the main Mast began to give way under the force of the onslaught. The tide of churning water that rushes across the deck knocks all off their feet, including the Captain and thankfully washing him and his first mate into the upper deck railing and not overboard.
When the Captain regains his footing, he looks around to assess the damage done to his vessel. Upon seeing the broken Mast, he calls out to Michael to come help him and the others move the massive piece of wood off the bodies of the men trapped below it. Rushing to the main deck, the Captain is not immediately aware of his sons’ absence. In the confusion that follows, no man can say for sure what exactly transpired, though one deck hand swears he saw the Captains son jump from the rail into the water just before the consecutive pounding of the waves began.
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