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By Steven Moore

Somnium is a pagan fable which levels from medieval romance via Elizabethan tragedy to the Gothic novel and the elegant insanity of the Decadents. It spirals out from the classical fable of Endymion and the Greek lunar goddess Selene in an odyssey via love and loss and lunacy. "A masterpiece" – Alan Moore. “A distinct paintings by way of a special genius. Moore has an knowing of the occult odd to a really few and it usually offers me the shivers; the shivers which say ‘authenticity’. ” – Michael Moorcock. "A visionary decrypting of 1 of fringe-London's so much powerful downriver websites. Steve Moore's voyage via plural strands of time echoes the excessive craft of his namesake, Alan, and the honourable culture of Michael Moorcock's Gloriana." – Iain Sinclair.

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He looked Cale straight in the eyes, his gaze infinitely cold and infinitely black. It was death itself looking at him. “So, I ask you again. ” Holding his gaze, Cale replied. ” The Lord Militant did not look away, and Cale felt his will begin Paul Hoffman 47 to dissolve as if some acid were being poured over his very soul. A hor­ rible desire to confess began to grow in his throat. It was dread, the knowledge that had been with him since he was a small boy, that the Redeemer in front of him was capable of anything, that pain and suf­ fering were the constant companions of this man, that anything that lived grew quiet in his presence.

Then an­ other blow, but this one landed as Cale stood still as stone. Then another and another. Then a blow so hard it dropped a stunned Cale to the floor. “Get up,” so softly that he was barely audible. Cale got to his feet, shaking as if from intense cold. Then the blow. He fell again, stood up; another blow, and then he got to his feet again. Bosco changed hands. With his weaker left it took five more blows before Cale fell to the floor again. Bosco stared down at him as he started to get to his feet.

As they passed by the alley leading into the back of the great building, the three boys slipped away. They gave all the food in their pockets to Vague Henri, and then Kleist and Cale rejoined the long queue that jammed the square in front of the basilica. Meanwhile, Vague Henri shoved the latch on the sacristy door with his shoulders, his hands being full of bread, meat and cake. He pushed it open and listened out for Redeemers. He moved into the dark brown of the dressing place, ready to back out if he saw anything.

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