And another thing…

Have just been invited to a wake on October 30th.  Only one thing strange, the ‘corpse’ isn’t dead.  Who hasn’t wanted to be at their own funeral in a living capacity?  You can see who’s there and who isn’t, who’s dancing and who’s weeping, who’s throwing themselves on the coffin, sobbing piteously, and who’s concealing a smile behind a gloved hand.  At the same time, isn’t it going to tempt the grim reaper to step closer?  Would you risk it? This will take place on 30th October in Staithes, North Yorkshire and it’s for the landlord of the best pub in the village, the Captain Cook.  In The Law of Angels there’s a scene where the villagers of Staithes (unnamed in the book) give a ship burial to their dead.  They’re tough, descended from Vikings, and set the ships ablaze in the bay.  Are you going to up the ante?

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