28. Twenty Questions

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. To while away the time in jail, Valentine and Aramil play a game they call 20 Questions, which really just consists of them asking each other things they wouldn’t normally ask. Aramil reclines on his cot; Valentine is kicked back with his […]

27. The First Rule of Thug Life

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine’s day begins with a series of pleasantly efficient jailhouse negotiations. For a reasonable sum, he secures not only clean linens and a hot meal, but a late-night snack service called “tea,” permission to bring a change of clothing and spare socks, […]

26. Welcome to the Company of Fugitives

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine’s mood is mild, tranquil by the time he reaches the Ceralac townhouse. A good thing, too. When Valentine enters, he hears Penelope wailing — wailing — and Xardic shouting. Footmen and maidservants are flitting up and down the stairs with basins […]

25. A Fate Worse Than Death

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. To: The Honorable Lucius Ceralac, Mayor of Liamelia From: Mindartis Amahir, Clan Leader of the Wood Elves of Xilomelia Dear Lucius, By now you will have received news via courier of the destruction of the Xialo settlement. Words cannot express my grief […]

24. Xialo

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. In his rootless frustration and boredom, Valentine turns back to the archives. Perhaps if he knew more history and read more fluently, he could understand these people better. Except for a very small rare books room, the stacks of the Liamelia archive […]

23. A Sense of Imminent Loss

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn In the wake of the battle for Liamelia, Valentine feels that he is slipping away, releasing his hold on the city and its people, the family he thought he’d found. His grief finds some solace when he memorializes his 10 kills with […]

22. Valentine in the Battle for Liamelia

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine shows up at the breakfast table the next morning. His shoulders and neck are sore, he feels weak and fragile, but he’s determined to resume life. When Sieia sees him, she sets down the coffeepot hastily, with a thud. “Valentine, what […]

20. Blood for Blood

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Once he lights the candle, Valentine says aloud, “Fuck it.” Before he can lose his nerve, he scrawls a note to Aramil: Cousin, I need your help tonight with an urgent matter. Please come as soon as you receive this. —Xάρων He […]

19. Flashing Eyes

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Ariadne is buried immediately, due to the fear of poison. At first, Valentine can’t grasp that she’s dead. Long before he asked her to be his wife, she was his inner audience, the kind, sympathetic listener we all long to have. At […]