Christopher Buehlman is a writer and performer from St. Petersburg, Florida. The winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize for poetry, he is also the author of several plays, screenplays, and the acclaimed horror novels "Those Across the River" and
"The Necromancer's House" (set right here in the Oswego area).
Just in time for Halloween, Christopher will be doing a reading and discussing his medieval horror novel "Between Two Fires," set during the Black Plague of mid-14th-century France, in the midst of a cosmic battle between good and evil.
"And Lucifer said: “Let us rise against Him now in all our numbers, and pull the walls of heaven down…”
The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found a young girl alone in a dead Norman village. An orphan of the Black Death, and an almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that plague is only part of a larger cataclysm—that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven, and that the world of men has fallen behind the lines of conflict.
Is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the righteous dead speak to her in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across a depraved landscape to Avignon. There, she tells Thomas, she will fulfill her mission: to confront the evil that has devastated the earth, and to restore to this betrayed, murderous knight the nobility and hope of salvation he long abandoned.
As hell unleashes its wrath, and as the true nature of the girl is revealed, Thomas will find himself on a macabre battleground of angels and demons, saints, and the risen dead, and in the midst of a desperate struggle for nothing less than the soul of man."
*Special thanks to IGE for the speaker award funding this event for Dr. Candis Haak's History of Death course.
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:00pmVirtual Event