71. The Magnificent Five Continue God’s Work

T – 6 hours. It’s pitch black. Valentine, Lucius and Inglorion are walking their horses up and down the square in front of Valentine’s flat. Valentine is muttering, “Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.” As the minutes pass, his curses become more complex and vicious, and Lucius looks increasingly apprehensive and miserable. Every now and then Lucius casts an […]

36. The Sea Sprite Bar and Grill

Soundtrack and video, David Bowie, “Hang on to Yourself,” live 1973 Our story continues a few months later, in the winter of 1825, not long after Inglorion’s 138th birthday. He doesn’t think of it that way, because he doesn’t know what day he was born. For elves, who live hundreds of years, anniversaries wax and […]

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 […]