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Yellow light filled the attic. The light locked with the dust—tons of dust up here—and the atmosphere of the place stuffed his head like a fever. It seemed that he perceived this light with every nerve of his body.
The attic was mostly empty but toward the south wall was a queer arrangement of chains; the ends dangled about seven feet from the floor and had broad iron bands attached. The bands were hinged on one side so they could open and shut. The chains looked red in the yellow light.
He held one of the bands and stroked his finger along the inside and it came away reddish. Rust, he thought; but it didn't flake; it wasn't gritty like rust. It was old, caked blood. . .
Slowly, Peter is mesmerized and begins a journey into madness where a bloodstained god waits to claim the mind and soul of the last of the Lelands.
"I am honestly convinced that Fred Chappell is one of the finest writers of this time, one of the rare and precious few who are truly 'major.'" — George Garrett, author of Death of the Foxand The Succession.
Fred Chappell is a past Poet Laureate of North Carolina. Boson Books also offers Dagon The Gaudy Place and Moments of Lightby Fred Chappell. For an author bio and photo, reviews and a reading sample, visit bosonbooks.com.
- Bitingduck Press, January 2009
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