What a Tangled Web…


We are heading into the final two stories in Dark Divinations. I hope you have been enjoying this series as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.

Today’s story, by Alan Fisher, is “The Moat House Cob,” and it introduced me to a type of divination I had never heard of before–arachnomancy. This type of prophecy is definitely not for the squeamish. It uses the configuration of a spider’s web to foretell where something evil may occur. In this case, an ancient spider (the cob in the title,) foresees something wicked coming to the Tower of London where the “Prophecy Animals” are kept.

I absolutely love the Prophecy Animals. I wish they were real…especially John Dee‘s parrot speaking only Enochian.

Arachnomancy might have been new to me, but its origins are ancient and widespread. And if you would like to do some exploring of the form yourself…there’s an app for that.

Read Dark Divinations for yourself–and explore all the added features at HorrorAddicts.net!


About RieSheridanRose

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2,  and Killing It Softly. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.
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