X is for Xisusthrus and Xisus–ow

Welcome to Stranded!, my Strand Magazine-based April A to Z Blogging Challenge!  In this challenge, I will be taking illustrations from The Strand Magazine and making new stories out of them.  So, in order to fully appreciate the Stirring Events eventuating here, a look back at my older A TO Z entries is advisable.  I promise you, they are short.  Click Here to start with my Theme Reveal, or Click Here to start with A!  It is also totally acceptable to just look at today’s post.

I have only Annabelle’s story for you today, but there will be more Alfie tomorrow!

The first image is from The Strand Magazine, No. 3; the second has images from No. 9, No. 13, No. 14, and No. 16.  I ran into the name “Xisusthrus” in Mme. Blavatsky’s Theosophical Glossary.  He was, according to Blavatsky, the Chaldean Noah, and was taken bodily up to live with the Gods, which is always impressive.  She seems to like him rather better than your usual Noah-Noah, because Noah got drunk and cursed his son, whereas Xisusthrus just hung around as a disembodied voice and urged people to be virtuous.  But, then, Blavatsky was an opinionated old bat, and her Theosophical Glossary is full of Personal Remarks of this sort.  Anyway, I selected Xisusthrus more or less at random; it is probably how the cult in my story selected him, too.

And that’s all for today, folks!  Thanks for visiting; stay as long as you like!  There is a LOT of content on this blaugh, and (in my totally-not-humble opinion) most of it is Very Good.  May I particularly recommend my older A To Zs?  If you click on the header, it will whisk you away to my homepage, and there, you ought to find links to my Thrilling A To Zs of Aprils Past.  One of them  (Alas! My 2015 A To Z) is a Complete Edwardian Mystery Novella, with costumes!  As in, every day that April, I dressed up as a different character in my story, and included a picture of myself in the Daily Disguise with each post.  I donned False Whiskers and much Theatrical Make-Up to achieve these effects, and I have been told that some of them are really very good.  This Page serves as a Table of Contents.  You can look at the pictures, and, if you want to read the story (it is fun, really!), click on the chapter titles.

And please note the list of A To Z Fictioneers in my sidebar (or, if you are on a Mobile Device or a Tablet, it may be somewhere under the Comments Section).  This list, of we few, we happy few, who are Doing Fiction for our A To Zs this year, will help you find more fiction to read.  Also!  If you yourself are Fictioneering for your A to Z this year, Comment and tell me so, and I will put you on the list! 

Oh yes, and please do leave a comment in any case.  Even if it is just “Hey, I exist, and I liked your thing.” 

Until tomorrow, then!






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  1. did the dogs came with the ladies from before? I guess dogs are good at disrupting ceremonies with their noises all.

    have a lovely day.

  2. Dogs to the rescue! Let’s gooooooo!!!

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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