They danced garlanded in poppy, clematis, the spired asphodel. They danced the dark path, the spiraled way to the black center. At the bucranium they came home to loss and to desire. In poppy smoke, a dervish, she spoke the moon’s far side, and all the hollows being born. He danced in the darkness too. His mask was the bull’s mask, and only a cloth around his heavy sex. His dark arms were ochre-painted: of labrys, V, meander. His horns grazed the ceiling. His eyes through the mask burned her. Even the Mistress of the Labyrinth could not resist that look.
BULL · POPPY · STAR is the urgent, passionate lament of Ariadne, to her lover. It is a poem and a song and a prayer to wildness, to passion itself and to longing and love. Sylvia V. Linsteadt's prose will be known to many of our readers through the astonishing epic that is Tatterdemalion and the cult-status collection of short stories, Our Lady of the Dark Country.
Sylvia V. Linsteadt is the author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Wild Folk, a short story collection called Our Lady of the Dark Country, and the folkloric novel Tatterdemalion with artist Rima Staines, as well as two books about the cultural and natural history of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is from.
BULL · POPPY · STAR is part of the Seven Doors in an Unyielding Stone series (see below for all the titles in the series) for Autumn 2018. The series is also available as a limited edition collectors' boxed set and a book-lovers' bundle of all seven books.
Note - where there is white on these cover previews, there will actually be SILVER ink.
BULL · POPPY · STAR is lithograph-printed for high quality on 100% recycled paper (140gsm internal, 280gsm cover) using veg-based inks in England, by Calverts, a workers' co-op and is professionally perfectbound.
The book is A6 size (4.2″x5.9″) and has 36 inner pages. This is the first printing. Publication date 31.10.18
Fiction; poetry; prayer
SEVEN DOORS IN AN UNYIELDING STONE
This series of pocket-sized books is new for Autumn 2018 and is an audacious step forward for Hedgespoken Press. Seven extraordinary authors, seven beautiful books. Seven ways to approach the unapproachable and speak about the unspeakable. See the SEVEN DOORS homepage for more information about the series.