Houses of the Holy
Episode 2: Spatter Patterns
The story of Magda Bescu is a dark, haunting tale…what lengths would a father go to save his beloved daughter?
Three monsters stalk 1930s Berlin.
Reinhart Fohl is a senior clerk in Goebbels’ propaganda ministry, who’s recently made a dizzying discovery: the party gives its loyal servants so much support and so much latitude that he’s functionally omnipotent.
Basilisks–reptilian in infancy, close to human in adulthood–turn to stone in their dotage. ‘Welcome’, a basilisk in its final sessile stage, has become an old patrician house, complete with portico and gables.
Immortal vampire child Magda Bescu has to live–and to feed–otherwise the tumor in her brain, which is every bit as immortal as she is, will eat more and more of the healthy tissue and leave a bigger hole in her sanity and her memories. And in this place and this time, Magda has one other pressing problem: racially, she belongs to the Roma, the gypsy peoples. The eugenics laws of inter-war Germany have effectively declared open season on anyone of her race.