St George’s – Jesmond
I adore this church. I’m not a religious person but the structure itself holds a lot of meaning for me. Based on St Mark’s Campanile in Venice it is also the sole inspiration for the potent Cthulhu Mythos short story I wrote back in 2011 called Corrupt Moon – tapping into the sanity shattering consequences of the Influence of Hastur. The story available in the anthology Songs of Spheres.
The tower stands head and shoulders above the rest of Jesmond – a beacon and a landmark – visible for a couple of miles all around.
SONGS OF SPHERES: 15 short stories hand-picked by the author as his personal favourites and presented with a brief introduction to each story. There are monsters that squirm and slither through the dark spaces beneath our feet, our dead are like carrion to them; and us, the living, are often victims of their hunger for violence and their taste in blood and terror. There are men and women who prey on the predators – a rough justice or karma in action. Technology carries information beyond the wires but what else can ride the electromagnetic waves? Demonic forces that infiltrate the mind through the new technology implants of the cyberpunk era. In dream-like realms, brave souls adventure deep into the strange worlds conjured by far flung minds. What mysteries do they discover and what secrets do they bring back with them into physical flesh and the reality of Humankind? The King in Yellow regards Earth from behind a pallid mask of silk; reposed on a throne of madness, corruption and decay within the black tower that stands beyond Carcosa. Hastur – the Great Old One that must not be named – the bearer of the Yellow Sign, has been brought forth. In tales of Yellow Dawn the consequences are here for those who dare to see. WARNING: some of these stories contain scenes of a disturbing and sexual nature.
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