Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"The Secret Lives of Episcopal Priests"

Last December, SECRET LIVES by Jeff Vandermeer was released.

You can read three "secret lives" in an excerpt over at Fantastic Metropolis. My favorite of the three share its title with this blog post, a brief fiction about a priest compelled to act out an unusual vengeance ritual upon an iconic creature made famous by Benchley and Spielberg:

And so, down in the briny depths, where swims the hawksbill turtle, where the lacy fronds of certain sea grasses sway hypnotically back-and-forth, where the moray eel peeks furtively from its hidey-holes, and where the Crown-of-Thorns starfish makes its laborious and tortured way across the coral reef, deathstar of Death Stars, so too Padre Allen becomes part of the landscape, framed in light, framed in shadow, armored suit a-gleaming.

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