By Slave Nano
Published August 15th 2012 by House of Erotica
Genre: Historical / Paranormal / Erotica
If you’re looking for an erotic read this Halloween then check out Slave Nano’s new release ‘The Pagan Sorceress’. The action takes place on Samhain as archaeology student Sam sets out to re-enact a Pagan burial ceremony.
If the author of the Anglo-Saxon heroic tale Beowulf did erotica what might it have sounded like? That’s the challenge author Slave Nano has set himself in his newly released novella ‘The Pagan Sorceress’.
Sam is about to carry out a strange experiment. She is an archaeology student specialising in reconstructive archaeology and her idea is to recreate an Anglo-Saxon pagan burial ceremony. It’s Samhain eve and the night of a full moon so it’s the perfect time to carry out such a ritual. She enlists the help of her friend, Dan, and together they go off to the site of a burial mound where wonderful swords and sceptres were excavated many years ago.
A travelling story teller is at the court of a Saxon king. He recites the tale of two soul-entwined lovers from an earlier, more chaotic, period when king’s warred amongst each other. He tells the tragic tale of Cyneburh, Pagan sorceress and daughter of the mighty Pagan king Penda and Alhfrith, son of Athelwald the king of Deira, her hero-warrior lover and betrothed. The two kings have formed a mighty political and religious alliance but, more than that, the young woman and man have forged a passionate union of their own. But this new alliance has enemies and before their wedding night is over there will be a tragic outcome. As King Penda stands at the edge of their burial chamber he invokes a curse of vengeance against the murderous act perpetrated against him. But, how many years will it take before he is finally avenged?
As Sam stands on top of the burial mound dressed as an Anglo-Saxon pagan priestess with Dan at her side, is she aware of what ancient powers she will invoke as their lives become entwined with those of Cyneburh and Alhfrith from many centuries ago? Will the pagan king’s oath of vengeance be fulfilled? Will the souls of the two lovers be finally released?
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This is the premise of my latest release, a novella, ‘The Pagan Sorceress’ published by House of Erotica. The story is partly set in the Anglo-Saxon period and is a valiant attempt to write an erotic story in the style of the heroic Anglo-Saxon saga, ‘Beowulf’. Yes, I know, pretty weird?
The story switches from a present day setting featuring archaeology post-graduate Sam and her friend, Dan, and the Anglo-Saxon period. The flashback starts with a travelling story teller at the court of a Saxon king telling the tragic tale of Cyneburh, the daughter of Penda, the Pagan king of the kingdom of Mercia and Alhfrith, the son of the king of Deira. The story telling is set perhaps some century or more after the year 642 when the story of the two lovers took place and is portrayed as being recited at the hall of a later Saxon king – doesn’t really matter who or when.
I’ve done this because I wanted to get across the idea that these stories were passed on over the years as part of an oral tradition before they were written down. This is one of the reasons why there are no more than a few fragments of Anglo-Saxon stories that survive. You have to imagine a thane’s mead hall with a roaring hearth, his retainers and women-folk, with assorted dogs and animals, listening awe-struck as a story teller retold this tale of the hero ‘Beowulf’ with its gruesome monsters, Grendel and Grendel’s mother and of course, the awesome dragon, the god-father of all literary and fantasy dragons.
So, when you read the words, “Lo. Hearken unto me!” at the start of this section of my story I want you to feel you are being transported back to that place as if you, the reader, were sat in that Anglo-Saxon thane’s hall.
Then, what I’ve tried to do is weave in some of the style of speech and language .such a story might have used, hence the references to dragon hoards and serpents and the ‘heroic’ epithets that form part of the story. Yes, I know it’s a bit ‘Dungeons and Dragons’, but the attempt is to re-create the language of a heroic-warrior culture. I use one direct quotation from Beowulf itself in the original Anglo-Saxon and chose what is considered to be one of the key stanzas defining the nature of the hero-warrior. Then, on the top of that, there are the sex scenes, which attempt to frame the erotica in the same style of language.
I’ll have to leave the reader to decide whether I’ve pulled it off or not.
There, passionate kiss they exchanged. Serpent-like their tongues wrestled and inter-twined in their mouths each warring with the other in a battle of desire in which each was the equal of the other. With feather like tender touch they sought out each other’s bodies. Cyneburh explored her warrior’s sturdy frame battle marked with ruddy scar. Each glowing blemish she touched affectionately with healing hand and lover’s kiss. For Cyneburh craved for no battle shy prince or innocent virgin but strong armed battle proven hero to share her feminine secrets with and fulfil her ardent need. Broad chested and powerful she embraced his muscular frame in soft skinned arms and planted kisses on each scar of her hero’s chiselled torso.”
About the Author & Links:
Slave Nano is a writer of erotic paranormal and fantasy stories with bdsm and fetish themes. He has had short stories and novellas published by Xcite Books and House of Erotica. His first erotic novel, ‘Adventures in Fetishland’, was published by Xcite in March 2012.
Slave Nano writes stories drawing on the themes of female supremacy, goddess worship, bondage, domination and submission, sado-masochism and fetish, frequently in fantasy, paranormal or historical settings.