Friday, October 31, 2008
SotW: Black Annis
today's witch is a legend in the UK that goes back in centuries and centuries...
She took the form of a one eyed wizened crone, immensely strong with sharp tearing teeth, long black claws and a blue face. She was said to hide in a giant oak, long since felled, that was once the remnants of a great forest, which covered the area. From this lofty perch she would leap out and eviscerate unwary travellers.
Although partial to all human flesh she took particular delight in eating young children, whom she flayed alive. She then hung their skins like a grisly trophy upon the walls of a cave known as Black Annis' Bower. She is said to have created the cave with her bare hands tearing through the rock with her iron claws.
(from Mysterious Britain and Ireland)
Have a great and safe Halloween, everyone :D
"Sisterhood of the Witches" © 2008 Francesco Francavilla