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Welcome to Elan Avery’s official website! Elan is an author of epic fantasy, surreal and psychological horror, poetry, and (as Jenn McCollum) academic essays and books about Victorian and nineteenth-century fiction and gender.

Gather  here to follow Elan’s progress as she writes the first part — The Order of Artemaya — of nine in The Book of Eerst fantasy series. You’ll find exclusive insights about the writing process, character snippets, plot teasers, and more.

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A Contemporary Allegory: Two Apache Sisters

Dina Polizzi’s first novella Two Apache Sisters and a Texas Gigolo was on my read-list for awhile, not only because Polizzi is my friend and neighbor but due to its marriage of magic, tarot, and its esoteric nature, which all interest me.

Two Apache Sisters struck me immediately as an allegory — the caliber that I haven’t experienced, really, since Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” — due to its penchant for placing big-motif meaning in occult-shaded trinkets and persons. There’s the coin, the many bags and satchels, the star, the green fairy, a shell, an arrowhead, a water bottle, salt, and even the Oriental man who recites philosophical tag lines — each in their own time.
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