Sigils and Totems
By William Meikle
Available for the first time in a collection, three of William Meikle’s Sigils and Totems novellas?The Job, Broken Sigil, and Pentacle.
Dave Wilson is down on his luck, with gambling debts coming due. He takes on a risky burglary at a Scottish country house, but the job goes badly wrong, and all too soon Dave is embroiled in a fight he wants no part of?an ages-old battle for ownership of the house.
Opposing factions are at work, and both want Dave’s help. There are demons to fight, both metaphorical and literal, and there are hard choices to be made, if Dave has the strength to make them.
There are houses like this all over the world. Most people only know of them from whispered stories over campfires; tall tales told to scare the unwary. But some, those who suffer?some know better. They are drawn to the places where what ails them can be eased.
If you have the will, the fortitude, you can peer into another life, where the dead are not gone, where you can see that they thrive and go on, in the dreams that stuff is made of.
When a New York cop is called to investigate a murder at one such house, he is sucked in to a world he cannot fathom, cannot control, a place where past and present have no meaning, and where symbols and memories are as valid as facts and truths.
The black bird is speaking, but can he afford to listen?
There are houses like this all over the world. Most people only know of them from whispered stories over campfires; tall tales told to scare the unwary. But some?those who suffer?know better. They are drawn to these places to ease their pain. If you have the will, the fortitude, you can peer into another life, where the dead are not gone, where your love might live forever.
But that?s not the case for the residents of the Edinburgh house, for something has disturbed the quiet reflection in that old building. A creature has slipped through, sniffling and snuffling in all the dark places, disrupting the balance of time and space.
And it’s John?s job to fix it?by any means necessary.