Welcome to Day 7 of the 13 Days of Halloween, when the authors of the Tales of the Mist anthology go trick or treatin'! Our treat: 13 days of fun guest posts by each author of the just released TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Ready to go? Yes? Here we go, then... :)
Before I start, I'd like to share that TALES FROM THE MIST is currently on sale at $4.99 through October 31st. After this date, the regular price of $5.99 will apply. The book can be purchased from the following retailers:
TALES FROM THE MIST is already gathering some pretty neat endorsements, including the following one:
"One of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last."
~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated
So on this note, I leave the floor to ... Meredith Bond :)
The ancient (and new) tale of Lilith.
One of my favorite Jewish holidays is one I didn’t even know existed when I was young (that’s how unreligious my family was – my mother was an “intellectual Jew” who would argue everything in the religion and encourage me and my siblings to do the same, my father is a “kitchen Jew” who could care less about the actual religion and is only interested in the food). The holiday is called Simchat Torah. It’s celebrated just after the high holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the new year) and Yom Kippur (the day of atonement) and it’s when, with great fanfare, the Torah scroll is unrolled and then rerolled so that we can read it from the beginning once again.
Being Jews who know how to party, my synagogue makes a really big deal of this holiday. They hire a klezmer band, sing, drink (it has to be schnapps for this holiday), dance and drink (more schnapps!). But before we get to the partying, there’s the unrolling, which is done on long tables set end to end. The rabbi takes advantage of having the entire scroll unrolled to tell us about the calligraphy that can be found throughout the Torah – for example where the song of the sea is written, the words are actually written in waves to depict the sea (it’s really an amazing piece of art). You also have to read the very last few lines of the Torah and then run (yes, my rabbi literally runs) down the length of the tables to the very beginning and reads the first few lines there.
A few years ago when he did this, he not only read the first few lines of the Torah, he translated them for us, “In a beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” He pointed out to us that this refers to the possibility that there were other beginnings. My mind nearly exploded!
Not long after this incredible revelation, a speaker came to my synagogue and introduced me to Lilith, Adam’s first wife. He mentioned her in passing, she wasn’t the topic of his talk, but again, I left with my mind reeling – I had never known that Adam had a wife other than Eve.
Naturally, being raised an “intellectual Jew”, I began researching Lilith and found all sorts of very strange, sometimes disturbing, sometimes just plain weird things that people have written about Lilith, from Babylonian times right through to the present. She was a demon who killed babies, a succubus who gives men wet dreams, she would appear to women in mirrors and tell them to defy their husbands, to sleep with other men, to care about their own appearance more than anything else. When she had sex with Adam, she wanted to be on top, to dominate him, and he, being a man, would not and could not accept this. I found her fascinating. She was the first feminist.
And clearly, she had a story that needed to be told.
Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of four traditionally published Regency romances and one indie-published paranormal Regency. Merry has been teaching writing for the past five years and has published a book so that others can "take" her classes as well. Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer. Want to know more, come visit Merry at her website, www.meredithbond.com or chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/
meredithbondfan) or Twitter (@merrybond).
About TALES FROM THE MIST:
TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.
About Meredith's story, IN A BEGINNING:
There is no way Lilith is going to accept Adam’s chauvinistic attitude. If he wants to rule the Garden of Eden, she’s outta there! But things get a lot more interesting - and scarier - after she leaves the Garden and falls in love with the demon, Samael.
~ Natalie G. Owens ~
No Rules. No Formulas.
Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!