"Tonight I would see the unknown for the first and also the last time. Never again would I see it so clearly, despite feeling it in the loneliness of the cave, feeling it in my flesh and my bones."
A small village in Siberia, a dead young woman, a witch… and a teenage girl seeking a cure for her skin disease, only to be drawn into the terrifying world of dark magic and necromancy, setting in motion a series of surreal tragedies. There is evil in the woods, and it is unstoppable.
The story is inspired by true events. Original photographs of the locations and the people who were there when these events occurred ensure that the story bleeds into the nightmares of its readers…
"Maybe great suffering does not bring out the beast in human beings (...) but the best: courtesy, kindness, and courage."
A collection of 3 short stories inspired by true events in Siberia during the last century.
These stories, directly taken from I. W. Zilke’s immediate family history, present a special world in a gripping and unforgettable manner. With an unflinching insight into the dark depths of the human soul, the author portrays the entire palette of human suffering through an inverted mirror: from cannibalism as an act of courage (in Tabula Rasa) to a rapist with an honourable heart (in Emma), and a stuttering child who overcomes his predicament for the first time in an act of violence (in Feathers). And while all of the stories are set in Siberia, they encompass the full human experience and due to Zilke’s eye for detail, like a surgeon’s knife, they can hit closer to home than expected.
Nothing is sacred.
Not even Love.
Through Love you sustain casualties..."
A collection of poems about love and other casualties, written over the course of three years.
The table of contents and page numbers have been omitted intentionally―the book is meant to be opened randomly. Perhaps the reader's current mood will resonate more truthfully with the poem that his or her fingers find in the book.