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(S)mythology Chapter 2

(S)mythology Chapter 2

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Charming, poignant and absurdly funny, (S)MYTHOLOGY is a contemporary fairy-tale that whisks you on a wild adventure from the streets of London to the far reaches of the globe from haunted islands to African villages, from the peaks of the Alps to the depths of the Underworld. Twenty-one year old Sophie has spent her entire life in virtual seclusion in a London flat fearful that should she venture out into the world the curse that was placed on her as an infant would turn friends and lovers into stone (marble, to be exact) just by merely looking at her. But when events beyond her control drive her onto the streets of London, she must combat her fears and battle the forces that have kept her hidden away since childhood.
Charming, poignant and absurdly funny, (S)MYTHOLOGY is a contemporary fairy-tale that whisks you on a wild adventure from the streets of London to the far reaches of the globe from haunted islands to African villages, from the peaks of the Alps to the depths of the Underworld. Twenty-one year old Sophie has spent her entire life in virtual seclusion in a London flat fearful that should she venture out into the world the curse that was placed on her as an infant would turn friends and lovers into stone (marble, to be exact) just by merely looking at her. But when events beyond her control drive her onto the streets of London, she must combat her fears and battle the forces that have kept her hidden away since childhood.

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(S)MYTHOLOGY 7
“All good stories start with fourgood words, and so too does thisone… Once upon a time… A littlechild was born from the foam of the sea! She tossed and turneduntil Poseidon, the god of all theoceans in the world, came upon her. He looked down, smiled andtook heart and calmed the waters. The little girl drifted for a week toward the warm shores and settled. There, on the brown sands of the beaches she feasted on wild berries and coconut juice. She wassoon discovered by a noble Fairy Queen who went by the name of Eurydice. She was a strange woman with a beauty unlike any seenbefore or since, and whilst men across the globe fought like hell to woo her, none were capable. Because somewhere deep in her heart of hearts, something was wrong with Eurydice. Her heart, her very essence was broken. Who knows why or when this happened. But  whenever it did, whatever it was, it would prove irreparable. She wasdoomed to a deep eternal sadness. Until that day, on that shore, withthat child. Eurydice scooped up the girl toward her bosom, smiledand called her Sophie. Yes, ‘twas you, dear Sophie.“Happy for the first time in eternity, the Fairy Queenmarched home beneath the gaze of Zeus with her new found kin tobe fatalistically met by a lecherous king with a lecherous way and thelecherous name of Lecher. Lecher was horrifically obsessed with Eu-rydice, vowing and promising his soul that life couldn’t go on without her. He begged, he pleaded, he offered his entire fortune and king-dom to Eurydice if she would be his wife. But the noble queen didnot need a wicked king, and rejected the offer outright. How quickly Love can become hate. Feeling castrated, impotent and abused,Lecher marched off, tail between his legs, marching deeper and
 
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deeper into Hades, the Underworld, and spoke of his misery toHades, the Lord of the Underworld (who for some narcissistic rea-son named the entire world of the dead after himself, making it very confusing when discussing him). Hades (the Lord) put his scorchedand burning arm around Lecher, searing his jacket, and offered totake his problems off his hands for a small fiscal sum. Lecher, natu-rally, being lecherous, agreed.“Hades (the Lord) quickly summoned Golgotha, High-Priestess of the Gorgons to Hades (the place). The Gorgons were a hideous tribe of hideous women who resided deep within a hideousforest. Lord Hades gave High-Priestess Golgotha the assignment of killing Eurydice. With snakes for hair, tusks for teeth and open sorescovering their bodies, the Gorgons hadn’t many invitations to leavetheir forest much, and were as jovial as children in a butterscotchfactory when hearing from Hades and thusly fashioned pretty pink bows to their snakes, brushed their tusks and applied fresh ointment to their sores for this bright new day of murder.“Looking as presentable as possible, the Gorgons set off,quickly raided and ransacked the palace and beheaded poor Eury-dice. On her way out, Golgotha spied you, little Sophie, bundled uplike an angel. Having a healthy appetite and knowing the other girls would be hungry after their day of pillage and murder, Golgotha kid-napped you.“It took only a few days for Lecher to heal from his heartacheand decide to take a wife (bachelorhood was proving tiring). So heset sail with a ship of whores, planning to marry all fifty-five aboard. After heavy drinking of strawberry wine and gorging on suckling pig,Lecher recounted his tale of murder to his harem of beauties. Andthough the whore-wives were riveted, there was one set of earsamongst them who heard Lecher’s tales differently. ‘Twas Poseidon,the god of the seas, who had been eavesdropping, and such storiesbrought sickness to the deity’s belly. Poseidon, in his infinite wrath,quickly drowned the boat, killing all aboard. But this didn’t relievehis consternation; Poseidon had to know what became of you. Hesent forth his best spies who returned with word that you were deep within the hideous forest with those hideous women, the Gorgons,marinating in barbeque sauce and lemon cordial.
 
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“Poseidon rounded up his mightiest army and sent themafter you. But the Gorgons were as strong as they were ugly, andslaughtered all of the army but two. But two were all that wereneeded, for these two grabbed you, dear girl, and ran like the wind,leaving those beastly she-devils behind… But not before Golgotha could curse you… Yes, from that moment on, every soul who wouldever Love you, truly Love you in their heart of hearts, would turn tostone and die upon first glance after realisation of their Love. But the two soldiers laughed it off, rebuking the trivial notion of a curse.They journeyed back to the sea, tending to you, coddling you, treat-ing you with such care that it would seem that you three were onefamily, siblings. But it goes without saying that the curse was not something to be mocked. The younger of the two soldiers made therealisation first; he was the first to truly Love you. To Love you un-conditionally, as a brother should of a sister. And upon next glanceall was over: for this soldier was turned to stone.“The older soldier took attention to this matter, realising hisFate would be doomed too should he not abandon you from his life.So he left you at Number Four Danube Street Flat Four, LondonSW3 with a simple note reading, ‘Her name is Sophie. Don’t look at her.’ He returned to Poseidon with a lie that you had died at thehands of the Gorgons. And that is how you came to be my child.But do not fear, Sophie, for I shall never abandon you.”

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f you are in LA on Saturday, August 27th at 2 p.m., be sure to join the book signing at Dark Delicacies Bookstore (3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.) in Burbank. http://www.darkdel.com/ (S)mythology author Jeremy Tarr will be on the scene signing copies of the book. And, a bonus, if you're a comic book fan: artist William Stout will also be at the event signing his 2012 Zombie Calendar.

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