from the Museum of the Arcane
Out of the Vaults
Dr. Willoughby Thorne
always wanted to work for the Smithsonian. Instead, he ended
up the curator of the Museum of the Arcane, master (more
or less) of three public floors and 772 vaults full of restless
artifacts imbued with their own ideas of their place in
history. Endowed with the accumulated might of the artifacts
themselves, it is his job to keep them in line—and in their
cases. Some can wreak disaster even by being good.
Aided by a museum staff that could kindly be called eccentric,
Will fights to keep the objects from corrupting an unsuspecting
public...even when the museum has other ideas!
Listen to "Wings of
Hope," a story from the book about what happens when the
Museum of the Arcane acquires the robe of St. Francis.
"I didn't want this
to end, and you won't either."
"I tried to stretch this out, only two stories
a day, but even then, it only lasts so long. I'm looking
forward to the second reading, but treat yourself to the
These stories were born out of a
series of Short Story in a Week challenges at
Other Worlds Writers' Workshop,
which I helped to found way back in 1997.
involve writing stories around a list of five words submitted by the
workshop members—in a week! The very first story to fall out
in the universe of the Museum of the Arcane was "Welcome to the MA."
And the word that inspired it? Frankly, I had to look it up. And
then I was enchanted, intrigued, and the story was off and running.
The word was "zill."