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Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Mermaid

Sponsor: Salem Beautification Committee

Artist: Shella Billings

Lady Mermaid Salem Beautification Committee -- Shelia Billings

Lady Mermaid

I will never go home.

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.

Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Marigold and Lady Lorna

Sponsor: The Home Depot

Artist: Keri May Killam

Lady Marigold The Home Depot - Keri May Killam

Lady Marigold

The fields went fallow.

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Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Tempest and Lady Icarus

Sponsor: www.sinisterstoriesofsalem.com

Artist: Kenneth Glover

Lady Tempest www.sinisterstoriesofsalem.com - Kenneth Glover

Lady Tempest

The storm killed them all.

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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.

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Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Baker and Shalimar

Sponsor: Village Tavern Grill and Oyster Bar

Artist: Shella Farren Billings (name unclear)

Lady Baker Village Tavern Grill and Oyster Bar - Shelia Farren Billings (unclear)

Lady Baker

The bread was poisoned.

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Meet Bessie (aka Willow): my very own figurehead!

 

Bessie, ALFCO figurehead

My husband got me this figurehead as a gift in celebration of “Carving Grace”‘s acceptance. How cool is THAT?

If you’ve been reading my posts for the last month, then you know that earlier this year I wrote a short story called “Carving Grace,” which deals with vengeful ship figureheads coming to life and searching for unhappy souls. In order to write that dark love story, I pretty much had to live and breathe in an imagined town by the sea and read all about figureheads every day for at least two months. We even visited the figurehead exhibit at Mystic Seaport (for Valentine’s Day, no less, but Nathan’s always Read the rest of this entry

Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Russet and Lady Crinoline

Sponsor: Beverly Cooperative Bank

Artist: Amberlynn Narvie

Lady Russet Beverly Cooperative Bank - Amberlynn Narvie

Lady Russet

I wasn’t allowed to leave.

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Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Gala and Lady Green

Sponsor: Salem Inn

Artist: Unclear; damaged plaque

Salem Inn -- Lady Gala

Lady Gala

My apple trees bore no fruit.

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Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Scarlet

Sponsor and Artist Unknown (unclear)

 

Ladies of Salem - Unknown

Lady Scarlet

The love of my life is gone.

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 (coming soon!), I’m celebrating figureheads for 2021 Poe Season!

In Salem this summer, I discovered Read the rest of this entry

Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Lavender

Sponsor: Salem Beautification Committee

Artist: YMCA/Girls Today Program

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Lady Lavender

The flowers were for someone else.

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 (coming soon!), I’m celebrating figureheads for 2021 Poe Season!

In Salem this summer, I discovered Read the rest of this entry

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