The Altar(ed) Slate and Snakeroot Works are proud to present:

 

OTHER OF BEETLES:

OSSUARY EROTICA

Volume I, Issue I

Autumnal Equinox MMXIX

 

The bones of taboo enliven within—where pain and desire are fed, the transgressive is written to incite transcension. Two authors, four stories, all giving space for the fractured bones of the Other.

 

32 pages, made by hand and printed on recycled paper, $8.

Available now via Snakeroot Works and The Altar(ed) Slate.

EXCERPTS

TO DEI: A MORNING RITUAL by Heatherlie Allison

A mortification-of-the-flesh practice unveils an early imprint unorthodox.

Excerpt:

“Pang of seed yields to trembling. Endorphins scatter, bring color to vision. Drilling into husk, the rubied blood of Other—No, blood of Mother. He sighs long, shifts to skittish laughter. Her roots, her fruits: all panacea.”

ELIXIRS EIGHT AND WREATHING by Patricia Cram

Resurrection grants animistic union to a band of seers—and terror to their killer.

Excerpt:

“She intoned a low, extended wail, a chilling call, bringing her soul and flesh into realignment, howling her purpose into form. The trees shook with birds landing. As she narrowed the miles between her grave and his life, she licked at shadows, ingesting, gleaming.”

 

THE SACRAMENTALISTS by Heatherlie Allison

An artist purifies her subjects in offering to her lover: Death.

 

Excerpt: 

“When I hear the call, my womb contracts in devotional rhythm. Where She spreads, so do I. We are One—maddening as it may be. But the cry of Art runs deep in blood, and Art is a faithful thing.”

PREDATION by Patricia Cram

The bestial encounter you’ve awaited delivers both an end and a new beginning.

Excerpt:

“And then the door opens, and the candles you have lit shine upon her exoskeleton. You cannot help but release a shaking moan of assent. She is so much bigger than you imagined, so much sharper, the blades of her edges immense.”

© MMXIX PATRICIA CRAM