Author has written 6 stories for Van Helsing, and Labyrinth.
Hey hey people, g'day and welcome to the profile of Valeska Vampire Queen (but you can just call me Val).
English lady who isn't getting any younger. Into books, guitar, historical costuming and medieval-re-enactment.
‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
Of the forest’s ferny floor:
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the Traveller’s head:
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
‘Is there anybody there?’ he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners
That dwelt in the lone house then
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
That goes down to the empty hall,
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
By the lonely Traveller’s call.
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
’Neath the starred and leafy sky;
For he suddenly smote on the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head:—
‘Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word,’ he said.
Never the least stir made the listeners,
Though every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
From the one man left awake:
Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
And the sound of iron on stone,
And how the silence surged softly backward,
When the plunging hoofs were gone.
The Listeners - Walter de la Mare
Works in Progress:
Strangers in the Night:
Tale of Anna Valerious' childhood. At nine years old she is a headstrong girl barred from partaking in her family's war because of her gender. She believes this to be her fate until one day she is taken from her family to the vampires' lair, a child left at the mercy of her greatest enemies.
Currently in the process of rewriting each of the published chapters and reworking the unpublished ones. Getting on with this pretty well at the moment and hope to have new content to post in a few weeks. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this story so far.