Our final entry into Dark Divinations is “Of Blood and Bones” by Jeremy Megargee. In this haunting tale, a visionary is throwing the bones to try and solve her sister’s murder. It leads her to a terrifying encounter which must be read–I am not spoiling it!
One of the intriguing things about this story was the choice to use the present tense. It gives a sense of immediacy to the action, but it can be hard to pull off. Jeremy succeeds.
The throwing of the bones is an ancient form of divination that has been widely embraced by a number of modern practitioners. A collection of bones, natural objects, and curios that have specific meanings to the diviner are tossed and interpreted to answer questions.