This novella opens with my astonishing account of the origins of the Byblos Foretold phenomenon, and then resumes where the first novella left off, in June of 1903.
As Lord Timothy Dexter’s entourage of faux aristocrats makes its way to Byblos, the small upstate New York city he calls home, we are introduced to a new set of characters. There’s Greta, the erstwhile Greenpoint jute-winder and casual prostitute; Jack, a knockabout street urchin with a keen grasp of market economics; Pat and Danny Lyons, identical twin swindlers who together make for a useful literary device; Corporal Trim, a veteran of the gruesome Long Island campaign who’s willing to tell the tale—and then some; Jane Jebril, a parlor house madam possessing all the requisite traits; Tillie, Lord Dexter’s affection-deprived wife, who for now manages to keep a lid on her libido; their accommodating daughter Felicia, who isn’t similarly inclined; and last, Felicia’s fiancé, the inconveniently married Arthur Biddle, whose arrogance and outsized self-regard rival those of his wife.
Now that they’re assembled, take a hogshead of deceit and add a jigger each of rum, love philtre, and whichever bodily fluid suits your mood. Mix thoroughly and serve.
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About the Author
M.E. Meegs began writing epic poetry while still in the cradle, though her first real recognition came only after the completion of her dramatic tragedy, Dolly’s Fourth, and Final, Crusade. Written when she was five, it chronicles the midnight adventure of a favorite doll, which ended sadly in the jaws of a neighbor’s mastiff.
She lives now in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, with a first-class typewriter and a middling husband who will soon be in need of a food taster if he doesn’t begin showing a little more appreciation for her literary efforts.
A truly loving soul, she harbors neither children nor pets—fearing the temptation to make sacrifices of them to her tetchy muse might prove irresistible. She does, however, heartily enjoy the company of her devotees, so please do stop by her virtual home at: MEMeegs.com