“About ‘R’ is for Revenge: A Dark Fantasy about the Ferryman Dravidian and his sword Rosethorn:
“Ah, yes, indeed. I see now why little Joyung was so frightened …”
The voice had come from the wagon. Instinctively, I cocked my head back as to peer beneath the visor, and saw a man older than myself yet young nonetheless leaning against the rear of the coach, his head only inches from the wine-skin, and his arms folded in front of him. There was an exquisite black cane wedged between his arms and his chest, just below the handle of which shown a single cut ruby which blinked in the dark like a cat’s eye in shadow. He was a tall, well-dressed man sporting a neatly-trimmed black beard and a high-hat of the same color.
The thought was but a fleeting one, but it struck me as odd that the monkey had not followed him out of the wagon.
“Death has come to claim its own,” the sharp-dressed man nearly whispered, and strode forward with a gleam in his eye, twirling the cane as he walked. “What’ll it be, ferryman? A few trinkets for the children? Some finery for the lady, perhaps?”
I looked to him with sour surprise. Then, feigning insult, said, “Who would call me a ferryman?” My hand had come to rest on Rosethorn’s pommel.
The stranger emerged from half-light and shadow into the multi-hued glow of the lanterns.
“You may call me Fenris-Wolf.” He smiled disarmingly, and his teeth gleamed white and perfect in the lamplight. “… for now.”
Targeted Age Group: teenagers, adults
Written by: Wayne Kyle Spitzer
Illustrated by: Wayne Kyle Spitzer
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Wayne Kyle Spitzer (born July 15, 1966) is an American author and low-budget horror filmmaker from Spokane, Washington. He is the writer/director of the short horror film, Shadows in the Garden, as well as the author of Flashback, an SF/horror novel published in 1993. Spitzer’s non-genre writing has appeared in subTerrain Magazine: Strong Words for a Polite Nation and Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History. His recent fiction includes The Ferryman Pentalogy, consisting of Comes a Ferryman, The Tempter and the Taker, The Pierced Veil, Black Hole, White Fountain, and To the End of Ursathrax, as well as The X-Ray Rider Trilogy and a screen adaptation of Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows.
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