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by Heatherlie Allison


“She rises to her feet, finds herself dressed in a gown of tawny feathers, a crown of earth-smeared bones. From her forearms emerge the seedlings of quills.” 




THE OWL DOOR In Elegia is a threshold of being and becoming, hinging between forms as a mode to make accessible the metaphysical experience. Through the sacramental release of a pregnancy, the central figure, Della, develops a relationship with an owl spirit. Acting as guide, the spirit opens the door to a series of ordeals she must confront in order to reconcile her choices. As a result, she endures a metamorphosis of a phantasmagorical nature as she seeks to re-create a world of her making. This world, however, occupies no linear territory, and she is thrust from hollow to hollow, sometimes torn apart to be reconstructed in whole new form.


A love story. A magical working. An intimate moiré of multi-dimensional encounters, visceral and visionary. Told upon the tail of a red thread without end or beginning, through a portal-space both gravesite and fledgling nest, THE OWL DOOR In Elegia is a book of devotion and sacrifice, of rupture and return.



“At once dream and the weaving of a sorcerous spell, THE OWL DOOR In Elegia opens to a world where what has been summoned arrives in feather-robed Mysterium.


Finding empowerment through the initiatory Ordeals of grief and self-sacrifice, the protagonist re-discovers that who she is becoming is a return to who she has always been. The forms demonstrating this transformation are of an atavistic nature: all comes covered in blood and bone, feather and ash.


In this seminal debut, author Heatherlie Allison writes in an invocatory style, sensuous, bordering the erotic, transcending the visceral metaphysics of the union between Witch and Familiar. In and out of red-threaded dimensions, across the wefts of spectral tapestries, this work is a semiotic crossing point, not only between Life and Death but multiple states of being and perception.


THE OWL DOOR In Elegia is indeed document of strange intercourse, wholly original, difficult to classify, a portrait of something perhaps at its core, Other.”


—Robert Fitzgerald, author of Gathering of Masks & Arcanum Bestiarum

"THE OWL DOOR In Elegia" by Heatherlie Allison—Print Edition


    Published by THE ALTAR(ED) SLATE 

    as core of the Black Moon Lilith Collection


    6” x 9”

    118 pp.

    Signed & numbered in a limited edition of 1,111

    Luxe softcover, 80lb uncoated text stock, color throughout


    As we did with the pre-sale edition, a portion of the formal softcover edition’s proceeds will be donated to The Brigid Alliance, a travel fund for those who do not have access to abortion healthcare in the US.

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