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THE ALTAR(ED) SLATE & SNAKEROOT WORKS PRESENT:
OTHER OF BEETLES:
Volume I: Issue III
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I:III TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. PALM OF SMOKE: An Altar to the Anti-Mother
By Patricia Cram
Two wanderers with the gift of seeing hands open a vein of ore, unleashing mortal consequences.
"Eha let go and crouched down, fingers first, dipping into ancient, gritty red. As her fingers began to ride the primordial silt, she reached up and pulled Se-ahn’s hand. A hunger instantly exploded across their senses—a teeth-baring, tongue-hanging, eyes-rolling hunger that had them each panting, ravenous for blood."
II. THE MENA-GERRHIEAN, PART I:
By Heatherlie Allison and Patricia Cram
When a girl is found murdered, two impulsive shapeshifters lust for immediate revenge—with disastrous results to their collective.
"It was of a young familiar—they knew. They could smell the animal hidden in her, and their cycles reflected in tune: when the collective blood broke, it was at first foul and cloying in them all."
III. THE MENA-GERRHIEAN, PART II:
A Tale in the Astral
By Patricia Cram and Heatherlie Allison
From the spirit realm, through offering and sacrifice, the shifters atone for lives lost.
"Avenge, Wives. Wake the code. We take all the light you offer on this enduring night of no moon. We lick the blood smoking, the fat glistening. We cup the char of your sacred cleansing. Release the others. Yes, kindred, We take your pyre."
IV. CROSSING SOL
By Heatherlie Allison
Assuaging the ache of a grieving lover, a practitioner calls upon ancestral ways, of flesh and blood as medicine.
"Replace me, I say, with the sweeping tongues of The Dead. Of all The Dead, and with all the Love you’ve ever accepted. They will lift him, the Beloved Dead. I know this, and as I spread for him, he says it feels wrong but takes to burying himself anyway. Because he knows how I can resurrect them. When just before blood—I can empty myself cold."
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