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Mont Saint-Michel

Naturally, I was excited when my parents said that when they came to visit my sister and I in Europe, we’d go to interesting places like Mont Saint-Michel. I was just after the history and the views – completely failed to make the connection that it was of course dragon related. Saint-Michel is of course Saint Michael in French, and Michael is one of the significant dragon-slaying saints, probably takes a back seat just after Saint George. Beautiful day, lovely views. Interesting to note that they’re in the process of removing the causeway that gets you out to the mount so they can put in a bridge instead, to try and return the natural surroundings to what it is meant to be (you can see if very silted up around where the car park used to be). I can imagine it would have been an interesting place to live, either as a monk or a prisoner… no, I’m not getting inspiration for a new story, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not!

Ok, onto the Saint-Michel pictures. The first is a replica of the bronze statue on top of the highest tower, the second is a stained glass window from the parish church – the latter was not as crowded as the monastery itself.

Saint-Michel and dragon statute - replica of bronze on church tower

Saint-Michel in stained glass

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Paolo Uccello's St George and the Dragon
Paolo Uccello's St George and the Dragon, 1458 - 1460

So today, other than being the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, is of course St George’s Day (wikipedia has a decent summary of him in relation to the dragon legend.) Which strikes me, in terms of what I’m looking at with dragons, as an odd way to celebrate them, for this is a tale about their defeat, one that has enduring popularity; we do not hear much about St George for how he was martyred (torture on a wheel), but the dragon slaying is iconic, in both the original sense of the word (he as loved by the Orthodox Churches as he is Western Christianity) and in the modern meaning (knight on a horse with a dragon beneath – you can have it in silhouette and you’ll know it’s St George and the Dragon.)

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Erotica Apocrypha Cover

Well folks, here is is, Erotica Apocrypha, an anthology of erotic interpretations of myth and the divine from Freaky Fountain Press. It includes my short story, “Storms of Ancient Gods”, and I feel very privileged to be part of it. Catherine and Robin at Freaky Fountain have a clear commitment to pushing the boundaries of erotic fiction, something that I fully support.

“Storms of Ancient Gods” is based on the myths of Perun and Veles, pagan Slavic gods of thunder and the underworld respectively. If you’re more knowledgeable about Norse mythology (as many people are) the rough equivalents are Thor and Loki. I came across the story while doing my dragon research, for Veles (sometimes Volos) regularly is depicted as a dragon, and Perun his slayer/pursuer.

How have I managed to extract the erotic from that, you may ask? Well, that will be for another post. In the meantime, you can read an extract of the story on the site here, and if it intrigues you enough, purchase an e-book copy or purchase a print copy from Freaky Fountain Press. As always, do note the content notes at the top of the page before reading the extract.

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