“The best definition I can give of a vampire is a living, mischievous and murderous dead body. A living dead body! The words are idle, contradictory, incomprehensible, but so are vampires.” ~ Scoffern
For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed a fascination and a sneaky regard for these terrifying creatures of folklore and mythology.
And as much as I appreciate that this interest of mine will NOT be shared by everybody and in keeping with the ideas of ‘mischief’ to which Scoffern has attributed to the vampyre – I have created something of a fantastical store that seeks to offer those essential accouterments for any discerning hunter of the un-dead.
So without further ado – I am now going to unlock the door of the Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer’s Emporium nestled somewhere in the All Hallows Hamlet…
The design for this fantastical world began during the dying days of an Indian summer last year and as I made an effort to photograph this unique creation from dry-build to completion – I am looking forward to sharing this tale with you in another post.
As the All Hallows Hamlet is a marketplace of emporiums, boutiques and other such establishments for discerning folk with a penchant for retail indulgence and a predilection for all that is extraordinary – I confess that I have been more than a little excited about this creation for not only is it a fantastical store brimming with merchandise of the magickal kind but after a lot of meticulous research – this little emporium is also seeped in all manner of ancient folktale and superstition!
As the week of All Hallows Eve was also the celebration of the festival of Día de Muertos – I’m sure I heard a whisper that a certain feline made a debut appearance along with one or two other folk from the All Hallows Hamlet!
And as the doors to the Crooked Hen Gift Shop have FINALLY opened – there is now the opportunity to indulge in a little retail therapy for yourself or a loved one.
For on offer and measuring just 2.5 cm or smaller is a collection of miniature vials from the shelves of this Vampyre Slayer’s Emporium here in the All Hallows Hamlet and which are the exclusive remedies created by the Monsignor himself with a guarantee to see off the most determined of Vampyres!
With a pinch of ‘Silver, Herb, Seed, Root and Werewolf Fur’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with paper tied with jute, raffia or silver wire- these little vials will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world… OR could YOU discover another use for it?
However, before I disappear for the time being; I shall leave you with a few lines from the divine Lord Byron:
But first, on earth as Vampire sent,
Thy corpse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race;
There from thy daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life;
Yet loathe the banquet which perforce
Must feed thy livid living corpse.
Thy victims are they yet expire
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers withered on the stem.
The Giaour (1813)
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