A Homemade Map for “The Snowman of Bishops Fell”

A map of the Norse “Eastern Settlement” in Greenland.

I drew this map of the Eastern Settlement (one of two communities in Norse Greenland, existing from roughly 985-1450) back in 2013 for an unrelated project. While not whatsoever perfect (or accurate!), someone reading “The Snowman of Bishops Fell” may at least get an idea as to the location of the action. 

You’ll notice a cross labeled “Gardar” just above the separation between the images. This was the location of St. Nikolaus Cathedral (and the residence of the bishop). You may also imagine that one of the three mountainous triangles immediately to the right of that location is Bishops Fell

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Coming Soon: “The Snowman of Bishops Fell”

Set in Norse Greenland during the 15th century, “The Snowman of Bishops Fell” concerns a band of Norse Greenlanders sent into the mountainous wastelands east of the settlement to destroy an outlaw who seems to have harnessed supernatural powers.

I wrote the first draft of “The Snowman of Bishops Fell” in either late 2016 or early 2017.  Continue reading “Coming Soon: “The Snowman of Bishops Fell””

“Pass Me the Cooking Pot”

“I sure am getting hungry.”

The wagon train raced through the pass, hoping to beat the snows.

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“Cursed Locomotive”

“Let that devil die right on the tracks.”

“The only way to stop that locomotive is to destroy the bridge over the Youghiogheny River!”

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“Alexios III (and IV and V) in Hell”

An unpleasant reunion in the afterlife.

A cackling demon prodded Alexios III.

Hellfire licked the soul and soles of the former emperor. 

Although only recently deceased, the weary man tired of eternity in just a few seconds. 

“Stop these abuses!” Alexios III finally pleaded. “What have I done to receive such vile treatment?”

The demon laughed even wilder after hearing these words.

“Tell me! I beg you! Why do I find myself in this pit of fire?”

The demon twisted a gruesome face into a smile.

You’d have to ask them!”

A gnarled finger extended toward the chained skeletons of Alexios IV and Alexios V.