THE OWL DOOR
by HEATHERLIE ALLISON
“She rises to her feet, finds herself dressed in a gown of tawny feathers, a crown of earth-smeared bones. From her forearms emerge the seedlings of quills.”
—from The Owl Door
THE OWL DOOR In Elegia is a threshold of being and becoming, hinging between forms as a mode to make accessible the metaphysical experience. Through the sacramental release of a pregnancy, the central figure, Della, develops a relationship with an owl spirit. Acting as guide, the spirit opens the door to a series of ordeals she must confront in order to reconcile her choices. As a result, she endures a metamorphosis of a phantasmagorical nature as she seeks to re-create a world of her making. This world, however, occupies no linear territory, and she is thrust from hollow to hollow, sometimes torn apart to be reconstructed in whole new form.
A love story. A magical working. An intimate moiré of multi-dimensional encounters, visceral and visionary. Told upon the tail of a red thread without end or beginning, through a portal-space both gravesite and fledgling nest, THE OWL DOOR In Elegia is a book of devotion and sacrifice, of rupture and return.
FROM THE COVER BLURB:
“At once dream and the weaving of a sorcerous spell, THE OWL DOOR In Elegia opens to a world where what has been summoned arrives in feather-robed Mysterium.
Finding empowerment through the initiatory Ordeals of grief and self-sacrifice, the protagonist re-discovers that who she is becoming is a return to who she has always been. The forms demonstrating this transformation are of an atavistic nature: all comes covered in blood and bone, feather and ash.
In this seminal debut, author Heatherlie Allison writes in an invocatory style, sensuous, bordering the erotic, transcending the visceral metaphysics of the union between Witch and Familiar. In and out of red-threaded dimensions, across the wefts of spectral tapestries, this work is a semiotic crossing point, not only between Life and Death but multiple states of being and perception.
THE OWL DOOR In Elegia is indeed document of strange intercourse, wholly original, difficult to classify, a portrait of something perhaps at its core, Other.”
—Robert Fitzgerald, author of Gathering of Masks & Arcanum Bestiarum