Updates, Quotes, and Revenant

Fast Updates:

We had a lot of fun and met some amazing creative people at our last few events!

At one convention, we even tried our hands at hosting a game of comic con bingo.

Dates have been updated for the St. Louis Mighty Con on the events page.

New mermaid themed metal bookmarks are available at events while supplies last!

During the month of October there will be a limited time sale on The Warning Signs: Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy (Kindle Edition). This countdown deal is available through Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. It is set to begin on the 24th and end on the 31st.

Late last month a member of TheBookReviewDirectory editorial team completed a review of The Warning Signs: Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy”. You can access the full review here: bookreviewdirectory.

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Also:

readersfavorite.com will have all three of my available books listed as prizes in the monthly book giveaway. If you are interested in winning some amazing books by great authors you can check out the monthly giveaway here:  book giveaway /Rise or/and here: book-giveaway/lost and here: book-giveaway/endow

Upcoming Event Reminders:

2021

Concealed Realms will be returning to Sci-Fi Family Day at Discovery World! This event takes place on Saturday, Oct 2nd at 500 N Harbor Dr. Milwaukee, WI.

Concealed Realms is planning to participate at ICON 46! This event takes place October 15th-17th, at the Marriott in Cedar Rapids, IA

Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan ~ has been rescheduled for Saturday December 11th, 2021 and it will now take place at Tadmor Shrine – 3000 Krebs Drive  Akron, Ohio 44319. To learn more about Oddmall events visit: oddmall.info (Potential Schedule Conflict, watch for updates)

2022

We are scheduled to participate at the St. Louis Mighty Con. The event will take place June 18th and 19th at the St. Charles Convention Center in Saint Charles, MO.

Concealed Realms plans to participate at Planet Funk Con, June 24th – 26th. The event will take place at the RiverCenter in Davenport, IA.

Revenant and Haunting Quotes:

“Last night I saw upon the stair, a little man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. Oh, how I wish he’d go away…” – William Hughes Mearns, “Antigonish”

“I fear not the dark itself, but what may lurk within it.”- Unknown

“We stopped checking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were inside us.” – Charles Darwin

“We ask only to be reassured about the noises in the cellar and the window that should not have been open.” -T.S. Eliot

“Even the dead tell stories.” – Marcus Sedgwick, Revolver

“Sometimes dead is better.” -Stephen King, Pet Sematary

“Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.” -Robert Bloch

“I’m so curious about knowing the unknown; it can be scary, but I see it as a game.”

Hrithik Roshan

“Nature is a haunted house–but Art–is a house that tries to be haunted.”
-Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

“To be haunted is to glimpse a truth that might best be hidden.”
-James Herbert, Haunted


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Definition of Revenant:

Dictionary.com

Noun a person who returns. “ www.dictionary.com

Merriam Webster.com

Nounone that returns after death or a long absence. merriamwebster.com


Revenant

The word revenant comes from the Latin word, reveniens, “returning” and the French word, revenir, “to come back”. The creature itself is said to be an animated corpse or visible ghost that is believed to have returned from death with an ambition to haunt and terrorize the living. These undead monsters are present in the legends of various cultures, and in the middle ages a number of stories about supposed revenant visitations were documented by various English historians and priests.

Learn more:
You can view some great examples in this episode of
Tales from the Isles: British and Irish Folklore, Myths and Legends.
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In those early times, people did not yet realize that corpses which weren’t properly buried could spread disease through a community, nor did they understand the natural process of decomposition. As such, it is often theorized that stories of the revenant sprouted when people happened across a body that was in a stage of decay which was unfamiliar to them or they became sick after coming in contact with the deceased.

While the term “revenant” has sometimes been used interchangeably with “ghost” by folklorists and is now often used as a blanket term for the undead, which given the words literal meaning makes sense, in this post I wanted to take a deeper look at these reanimated corpses in order to further identify differences between the revenent of early lore and other undead creatures.

What is a Revenent?

Some folklorists claim that revenant is derived from stories that originated in Western Europe. In this early folklore this undead creature was believed to be a deceased person with a restless, often vengeful spirit that has returned to life and dug its way out of its grave, intent of terrorizing the living during the night. As day breaks, the returned is then forced to retreat back to its grave, where it sleeps in a state of suspension similar to death.

The majority of revenants seem to be motivated by a need to continue the wicked agendas which they had carried out in life and they often include violent murderers, evil beings, accused witches, or werewolves, although there are some accounts of revenants who were said to be driven by their own brutal or tragic deaths.

Typically those revenants , who were not wicked during their lifetime but experienced a gruesome end, were believed to return to harass living relatives, exact revenge on their murderers, or to satisfy grudges by spreading pestilence and disease.

Spotting a Revenant

It was often said that a revenant could be detected long before it came into view because of the vile smell that emanated from the reanimated corpse. The appearance of the body is generally described as gruesome in its partially decomposed form, but is said to never decay past the point of recognition by those it knew in life. In fact even in the rare instance that a revenant is said to materialize in a ghostly form, they are usually described as having the features of a withered corpse.

the Undead and Disptaching them

Like other undead creatures, it was common practice to attempt to put a revenant to rest by digging up its grave during daylight and decapitating the corpse. The heart would then be staked or removed before being destroyed. After this, the corpse would be sprinkled with holy water or burned.

Similarities and Differences
Vampires, Zombies, and ghosts. oh my!

Besides the way revenants were lain to rest, they hold other similarities with a popular undead creatures of legend, yet it seems they remain in their own category due to some distinct differences. For instance, in an act of hatred and violence, revenants were often said to drink blood from their victims, but according to lore, unlike vampires, these creatures do not need any sustenance to survive.

Revenants probably remind you of Zombies as well, perhaps even more so than vampires. The major difference between these undead creatures is the fact that a revenant chooses to reanimate its corpse. It has its own agenda and is in control of its actions, whereas a zombie is typically brought back from the dead by an outside influence such as a virus, another persons powers, etc… and generally dose not have full control of its faculties.

There are a few tales of revenants appearing in ghostly form, so to say a revenant cannot be a ghost would be inaccurate according to the stories I have read, but a ghost by definition is the soul or spirit of a dead person that appear to the living. Descriptions of ghosts vary widely from being an invisible presence, translucent wispy shapes, life-like visions, and all sorts of things in between. Furthermore, nature of their appearance and driving factors tend to vary depending on the situation. They can be described as benevolent or vengeful depending on the circumstances.

The main difference between the two seems to be their driving factors. Though a revenants may come back from the dead for a variety of reasons, it is always motivated by whatever nefarious business they perceive to be unfinished. Based on these facts, my interpretation is that according to early lore not all ghosts can be considered revenants.

Is it one of the earliest Revenants, you decide…

Some scholars believe that (revenants) have gone by other names in the past. One such example mentioned as a possible precursor of the revenant legend appears in Norse mythology and is known as the Draugar which transtales to “again-walker”. According to myth a Draugar is the reanimated corpse of the deceased inside their burial mound. These undead are said to guard the treasures buried with them and are often described as being immune to conventional weapons.

Final Thoughts

The undead, in their many states of being have long been present in stories and myth from around the globe. Vivid tales of these undead in the form of revenants arose in Western Europe during the Middle Ages, but legends of these creatures are believed to have been circulating orally since much earlier days. These stories were most likely created due at least in part to the fact that there was little understanding of decomposition and biological sciences during those times. As years passed and scientific knowledge advanced, the term revenant and what its perceived to represent has evolved to encompass a more flexible variety of undead.

I hope that you enjoyed this look at early revenant lore. These are of course my own personal interpretations, based on the story examples that I have read and the research that I have conducted.

Stay safe and keep being awesome.

Want to read more about early Revenants?
Check out these other sites:
mythus.fandom.com, medievalists.net, norwegianfolktales.blogspot.com, emeraldisle.ie
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