Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Peacock and Yvonne

Sponsor: Salem Beautification Committee

Artist: Jeanne Paré

Lady Peacock Salem Beautification Committee -- Jeanne Pare

Lady Peacock

They burned our home.

Sponsor: “Shalimar”

Artist: Vonne Bittercup

Lady of Salem -- Yvonne


I was always starving.

About this Series

In my dark love story “Carving Grace,” figureheads wander the streets at night in pursuit of happiness—yours. In honor of its publication in NEHW Press’ Wicked Creatures this month (get your copy here: https://bit.ly/WickedC), I’m celebrating figureheads for 2021 Poe Season!

In Salem this summer, I discovered a collection of figureheads called The Lady of Salem Maritime Public Art Celebration, https://www.salem.org/listing/lady-salem-maritime-public-art-celebration/. I took photos of as many as we spotted, and thought if, they were figureheads in my story, what would each be thinking? I made up their names (except for where indicated) and included sponsor and artist names if they were legible.

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at kristipetersenschoonover.com.

Posted on October 25, 2021, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff, Ladies of Salem and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I just finished reading “Carving Grace.” Great hook, sensual descriptions, tense plot, empathetic characters . . . loved it!

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