I first met Jessica B. Bell in a lonely graveyard, surrounded by angels weeping over forlorn graves.
She was digging.
I’m still not sure if it was metaphorically or truly digging, but the scrape of the shovel against the earth rings in my ears. Was she looking for the bones of her father? Was she unearthing a bit of graveyard dust to work some midnight witchery? Perhaps she was simply digging her way into my soul.
I tarried in the graveyard for merely an hour. At the end of that hour, I had only this story as a testament to our meeting. I cannot tell you if I penned her words as she poured them out into the night, or if she pressed the damp crumbling papers into my hands as she left me. Was that my blood dripping across the front, or had it always been there?
Nothing but the essence of her ever remains. I could not tell you what she looks like, nor recognize the timbre of her voice, but her story is seared into my memory as much as it is inscribed in that old pile of papers. Know this: her stories slipped like whispers beneath my skin and slithered into my consciousness.
All that remains to me of Jessica is the story; I could no more resist the sharing of it than I could stop breathing. She is Jessica B. Bell, Creepy Fucker. She is Jessica B. Bell, the most terrifying word made flesh. She is the space between life and death, and unto the world she has been released.
My only advice to you is, enjoy it.
Katie is currently in possession of one of only two existing copies of the entirety of CHUK, the serial novel published on Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, Dilettante between August 2013 and October 2014. She has promised to slice, trim and otherwise carve off all the fat and turn it into something lean and appetizing. Unlike the meat served at Leroy’s Grill, which I strongly advise you avoid, if you know what’s good for you.
Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh).
Her first book, Changelings: Into the Mist goes on sale November 11, but you can pre-order it on IndiGoGo now, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/916101/fblk, and support her crowdfunding marketing campaign in the process! She can be found writing with said character weekly at her blog, The D/A Dialogues: http://dadialogues.wordpress.com/