Here’s an intriguing thing, and while it doesn’t sound like Horror at all, I think the idea of finding yourself in the underworld as a bit of Halloween cache. Author Sarah Diemer sent me this post about her YA novel, The Dark Wife. Let’s check it out.
Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth.
Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.
Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny.
But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.
The Dark Wife is a YA, lesbian retelling of the Persephone/Hades myth. The original story is as far from empowering as you can possibly get–Persephone is forced down into the underworld, made to marry a god she doesn’t love. The story, while I loved it, never sat well with me–so I went about reclaiming it. It’s been received with some resounding “hell yeahs” not only from lesbians or queer allies, but from girls, ladies and women who want a story of courage they can relate to. It’s the little novel that could–currently up for two awards, and already selling a few hundred copies, entirely by word of mouth. I am so grateful that so many people have given it a chance, and that people are enjoying it~ 🙂
You can find The Dark Wife…
– on Amazon.com (for Kindle) for $4.99
– on BarnesAndNoble.com (for Nook) for $4.99
– on Smashwords (for eReaders/reading online) for $4.99
– paperback edition here for $12.99