Thursday, 26 May 2011

"Come morning I found the day as I have found every other day — without relief or explanation."
 - House of Leaves

I've got the book in my hands. I've not given it a proper reading, but it's largely a compilation of primary sources commenting on the Walking Willow, as Bealkley calls it. They date back centuries, all the way back to the 1600s in and around East Sussex, with a few from other areas which date back even further, though the book is more tentative about these sources. They all describe, and I'm quoting here, "A tall, shadowy figure, pale, bald and faceless, wreathed in shadow. He at first appears to be a large, emaciated figure, finely clothed and with an indistinct face. But as his contact with his victims progresses, he reveals himself to be a far more terrifying figure, throughout the area's history, and beyond that, the world." Sounds familiar.

This just raises more questions.

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