“The Conteur – II” / Memorable Fancies #1475

The conteur, a wandering teller of strange tales, has imagined a new story, a lively yet profound story that is his best yet, one that is sure to make his fortune. But the story escapes from him, and in the next town he visits, the people say they’ve heard it before, and better told at that. The tale precedes its conteur to every town he goes to, ruins his acts, reduces audience gifts to a few pitched pennies. Eventually, the poor man kills himself in despair. But word of that, too, was … [Read more...]

“The Conteur – I” / Memorable Fancies #1474

It was an ancient time, with wandering minstrels, conteurs and their astonishing tales. Into this serene and picturesque civilization, marred only by constant bloody wars of religion and ambition, came a story, a tale. Where it came from, and where it began, were lost in the graveyards of time. Some people said the tale always was, or had come from the darkest parts of our minds, or was told to God by a hanged man strangling on a rope. The tale was whispered from realm to realm. At first, it … [Read more...]