After I finish “Lott’s Mountain”, I’m thinking of revisiting my first novel, so I can strengthen the world and add a bit more.  I’m thinking about increasing it by a few hundred pages.  While not a Southern novel, it was the first time I delved into fantasy.  I started off that one thinking I was writing a horror novel.  I want to go back and add more of the lore and research that I did.

—From The Sacred Book of Returning

I have looked into the darkness of the First of us and so do I now record our truths here, beyond the Forgotten Time and beyond the not-us.

We live in the place called Returning. We are those called revenants for we are those that go into darkness to make it part of us. When we pass from Younger to Older, we enter the forest of Eden where the darkness still dwells like a living thing. Then do we return unless the darkness claims us. This is what we are.

But there is one that will live among us that will be called Exile. He is one who shall speak through the forbidden things called mirrors, and he will learn of those that wait in the darkness. He will awaken the hunters that now sleep. So shall he wander and seek the hungry dark. So shall all that we know then end.


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