beautiful women are bad

January 2, 2020

A farmer wants his son to be afraid of beautiful women, so that he will not leave home too soon, so he tells a story about how one drowned his brother’s cousin’s friend in a lake, not because he was a pig who deserved to be drowned, but because beautiful women are bad, and also witches. And it doesn’t matter that she didn’t ask to be beautiful, or to be born in a lake, or to live forever, or to not know how men breathe until they stop doing it.

Catherynne M. Valente
Deathless

Secrets…

September 26, 2016

trees1

‘Forests have secrets,’ he said gently. ‘It’s practically what they’re for. To hide things. To separate one world from another.’

Deathless
Catherynne M. Valente

Secrets

November 17, 2015

Forest2

Forests have secrets, it’s practically what they’re for. To hide things. To separate one world from another.

Catherynne M. Valente
Deathless

Lipstick and rouge…

June 25, 2015

lipstick
Did you never think, even once, that I loved lipstick and rouge for more than their color alone? I am a student of their lore, and it is arcane and hermetic beyond the dreams of alchemists….
Cosmetics are an extension of the will. Why do you think all men paint themselves when they go to fight?

Catherynne M. Valente
Deathless

Magic does that….

February 26, 2015

skulls&candles

Magic does that. It wastes you away. Once it grips you by the ear, the real world gets quieter and quieter, until you can hardly hear it at all.

Catherynne M. Valente
Deathless

Did you never think…

December 20, 2014

lips

“Did you never think, even once, that I loved lipstick and rouge for more than their color alone? I am a student of their lore, and it is arcane and hermetic beyond the dreams of alchemists…Cosmetics are an extension of the will. Why do you think all men paint themselves when they go to fight?”

Catherynne M. Valente
Deathless