Tales of the Dark Crystal

by Dianne Gillard



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/02/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 416
ISBN : 9781585008438

About the Book

I awakened in my chair one rainy evening to see a tall golden haired creature of another species standing by my window. I stood up as she turned and smiled. 'What manner of being are you?' I asked.

'I am moirai,' she replied in a deep husky voice. 'I dwell inside another dimension parallel to thee.'

I looked up, startled. The ancient Greeks gave the name Moira to the three Fates. And they had much power.

'Aye,' my visitor replied, 'my species is quite similar to the word thee are thinking. But our story is quite different.'

I sat back down, she had read my mind -- I had said nothing. Clearing my throat, I replied courteously, 'I should like to hear your story, then, if you choose to tell it.' My visitor sat on the floor in front of me and replied with a most disarming smile, 'Excellent! Breathe deeply, relax thy mind and listen...'

But instead of hearing words, my mind was filled with pictures -- not a slide show, you must understand, but 360 degrees of total immersion. And when my guest, for by then I thought of her as a guest, had finished I wrote down everything I had seen.

And that is how this book was written ... Tales of the Dark Crystal is an adventure whose aim is to enchant and provoke the reader. A smattering of philosophy will be encountered within these pages in an effort to nourish the spirit. It is not a story for children, the species within these pages do have libidos after all.

But on rainy evenings, I sit in my chair and smile, remembering the golden haired moirai and the strange tale she told me about an old woman and a Shadow ... come here, sit in this chair ... join me.

About the Author

A native Texan, the author grew up both in Houston and a small town called Brookshire, where she learned to hunt and ride horseback under the loving guidance of her father. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Texas Tech University. At the age of 25, after the death of a beloved friend and mentor, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she has lived for 29 years.

For eleven years, she worked as a Medical Technologist MT(ASCP) then changed professions. For fifteen years she owned a successful stained glass studio, The Creative Connection, where she designed and built stained glass windows. After a severe back injury, she used her disability insurance to put herself through Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College (y'all just cannot keep a Texan down) and after a 720-hour course, sat for the National Board exam for Massage Therapy.

She has written poetry -- one poem was included in the online game, Meridian59 -- and short stories for many years. But she felt Tales of the Dark Crystal was too damn good to remain tucked inside a drawer.