“Master of Rods and Strings”, a novella by Jason Marc Harris, concerns a young puppeteer, named Elias. Born in Saint Siméon, France, Elias becomes obsessed with mastering the arts of occult puppetry. Jealous of the attention lavished upon the puppetry talents of his dear sister—and tormented by her absence after their mysterious Uncle Pavan recruits her for his traveling show—Elias determines to become the greatest of all puppeteers. His quest takes him to a range of esoteric locations where he learns the secret of his dark art. At last, he comes to know the true nature of occult puppetry, as well as how to take his vengeance.
“Harris’ world building is exquisite. This is a must read for horror fans.”Editor Eric M. Bosarge
“Master of Rods and Strings” was a semifinalist in Psychopomp’s 2015 short fiction competition and a quarterfinalist in Screencraft.org’s 2018 Cinematic Short Story contest.
Jason Marc Harris graduated with a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Washington, and an MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University, where he served as Fiction Editor of Mid-American Review. He is the author of Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction, and his creative work has appeared in journals such as Apex and Abyss, Arroyo Literary Review, Bull, Cheap Pop, EveryDay Fiction, Marvels and Tales, Masque and Spectacle, Midwestern Gothic, The Offbeat, Psychopomp Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, and Writing Texas. He teaches creative writing, folklore, and literature at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
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