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Originally published at S. J. Chambers. You can comment here or there.

Joan of Arc, by Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1879, Metropolitian Museum of Art

Happy Halloween everyone! This is one of my favorite days, and in preparing to judge the Ghost Story Telling Contest at The Artifice Club’s 2nd Annual Mechanical Masquerade this coming Nov. 12, I thought I’d pull out a trunk story that has some elements of horror in it. My horror is pretty tame and subtle, so a prose poem with brain slurping is the best I have right now for today.

There is a great reason why this is a trunk story, and it took me all weekend to work that out. Originally, I entertained doing a podcast, either video or audio, reading the story, but lacked the theatrical schizophrenia needed to connote voice change.  Even in publishing it here, I struggled with connoting the breaks in voice, and had to resort to lame bold and italics.  But, even so, I am fond of it, mainly because my intent was to write a prose poem about   Joan of Arc as a Cthulhu zombie, and I think I did ok. I hope you enjoy!

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