Category: Dragon Project

St George and the Dragon by Gustave Moreau

Dragon Day: St George’s Day

Paolo Uccello's St George and the Dragon
Paolo Uccello's St George and the Dragon, 1458 - 1460

So today, other than being the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, is of course St George’s Day (wikipedia has a decent summary of him in relation to the dragon legend.) Which strikes me, in terms of what I’m looking at with dragons, as an odd way to celebrate them, for this is a tale about their defeat, one that has enduring popularity; we do not hear much about St George for how he was martyred (torture on a wheel), but the dragon slaying is iconic, in both the original sense of the word (he as loved by the Orthodox Churches as he is Western Christianity) and in the modern meaning (knight on a horse with a dragon beneath – you can have it in silhouette and you’ll know it’s St George and the Dragon.)
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Erotica Apocrypha Cover

New short story published!

Well folks, here is is, Erotica Apocrypha, an anthology of erotic interpretations of myth and the divine from Freaky Fountain Press. It includes my short story, “Storms of Ancient Gods”, and I feel very privileged to be part of it. Catherine and Robin at Freaky Fountain have a clear commitment to pushing the boundaries of erotic fiction, something that I fully support.

“Storms of Ancient Gods” is based on the myths of Perun and Veles, pagan Slavic gods of thunder and the underworld respectively. If you’re more knowledgeable about Norse mythology (as many people are) the rough equivalents are Thor and Loki. I came across the story while doing my dragon research, for Veles (sometimes Volos) regularly is depicted as a dragon, and Perun his slayer/pursuer.

How have I managed to extract the erotic from that, you may ask? Well, that will be for another post. In the meantime, you can read an extract of the story on the site here, and if it intrigues you enough, purchase an e-book copy or purchase a print copy from Freaky Fountain Press. As always, do note the content notes at the top of the page before reading the extract.