Saturday, 15 June 2013


Girl by Giles Morgan


Rooster by Giles Morgan.

Odin's Rune Song

A bearded, long haired, one-eyed man is hanging by a noose from the limbs of a massive tree. It is set in a bleak, wild and wind-swept landscape. It is Yggdrasil, the world tree. A spear pierces him in the side and he cries out. The hanged man is Odin who has sacrificed himself to himself in a search for wisdom. Day turns to night and two ravens land on the branch and peer into his face. Stars blaze in the sky above him. As he hangs he imagines himself in a great Viking hall eating meat and drinking from a horn but opens his single eye to find himself still hanging, hungry and thirsty in the tree. He hangs there for nine days and nine nights. Peering down into the darkness he sees warriors talking and pacing around camp fires. Suddenly Odin cries out and the noose breaks and he falls to earth. Rising he holds out his hands which contain the runes. He calls out to the assembled warriors, "I am Odin, the all-father and I have discovered the secrets of the runes by offering myself as a sacrifice to myself." The warriors bow down before him.

Story idea and adaptation from the legend by Giles Morgan.
Artwork by Andrew Cieciala.

Sexy Robots

New Amsterdam, Mars, 2113, early evening. The Red Light District. Naked pleasure robots stretch and flex in neon lit glass cells. Bored and tired workers walk by ignoring the robots. One female robot has ceased to move. Their face panel has fallen open exposing wires and circuits. Smoke is rising from their internal workings. A lone man in a raincoat stares transfixed at the broken robot.
He is wearing glasses that reflect the neon lights from the cells.

The End.


Short Story: Giles Morgan

Illustrations: Jonny Rogers

Cold Cold Ground

A farm in the Midwest of America. It is winter and there is snow on the ground. A man is pulling a sled away from the buildings. There is a weather vane 'rooster' on the roof of a barn. He stops by a fence. He starts digging with a pick axe. He creates a pit. He lays a dead dog wrapped in a blanket in the ground. He drinks from a whiskey bottle called 'Rebel'. He covers the dog over with earth. He picks up a rifle and fires a shot in the air.  He pulls the sled back to the house.

The End.

A short story by Giles Morgan inspired by the Tom Waits song 'Cold Cold Ground'.

Linocuts: Andrew Walter