the Carter Curse or pe cursian
famous Canadian Science Fiction writer
Mark A. Carter explains why he places a
pseudo-druidic, Old English curse, also known as the
'Carter Curse' or
'pe cursian' at the end of his novels.
Latost cuman pe cursian.
Maeg pas hwa durran tellan pe
ancien wegs oppe pe halig words
be stricen blind bi pe godas ond
bi eten on life, ofer pe periode aef
be mapas, wryms, ond other laze formes.
|I decided to place
a curse at the end of my novels for three reasons: to dissuade
plagarists from using my intellectual property; out of a sense
of tradition, (see Revelation
22:18-19 for the curse at the end of the
King James Version of the
Holy Bible; and, because a sub-theme of curses
and the power they evoke runs throughout my stories. And, oh,
what the Hell, I did it for
the fun of it. For those of you who don't comprehend
Old English or Middle English
for that matter, here is the curse in translation:
Last comes the curse.
May those who dare tell the
ancient ways or the holy words
be struck blind by the gods and
be eaten alive, over the period of
by maggots, worms, and other lower
It's really not that different.
For those of you who wonder where I got it from, it's the end
of a larger work. Whose work? Well, it's part of a longer poem,
a psuedo-druidic sacrificial
rite, that I wrote while studying
Old English and Middle English
in fourth year of university in,
oh my God, has it been that long
Whether you are superstitious
or not, curses are out there. I, for one, as illogical as it
seems, believe that great energy is held in curses and that they
can indeed alter our destiny. Many of you have written to me
commenting on the curse that Hephzibah
places on the Hebrews and upon the Romans during the
crucifixion scene, near the outset of
Hephzibah of Heaven.
place a curse upon you, and your people, for all time,"
said Hephzibah. "You who were once the chosen people are
now the cursed people for killing the Son of God. May you be
hated by all, and never know peace."
Hephzibah watched Longinus, as he defiled the body of her beloved.
In her anger, she cursed his line, his army, and his empire.
Bless you all
for telling me that her curse was justified and she should not
have been punished. But, then I wouldn't have had the premise
for part of my story. Some of you also marveled at how her curses
have come true. You asked me whether I had a crystal ball. Alas,
the only crystal ball I had was my imagination, an intuitive
and an educated understanding of human nature; and
probable impossibilities and
improbable posibilities courtesy of
Aristotle and his Poetics
that were used to manipulate the
willing suspension of disbelief of my readers. It is
all part of the magic of Historical
Fiction that I wove into the
crucifixion scene. But thank you nonetheless.
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