Rating: Teen+, 13 and up
“This sword, it is said, is older than my father’s great-grand-father. My brother claimed it was seized from the tomb of Menelaus the day our ancient fathers enslaved the Mycenean peoples of Sparta in the name of Herakles. It is indeed a handsome sword, inlaid with bronze and gold, precious stones, but it has flaws.
”There are bloodstains upon it that will not go away. I have scrubbed this sword every night since it came into my hands, but the stains remain. My brother says they have always been there. It is our family’s own Curse of Atreus, a symbol of the doom we know will inevitably come, though we try to avert it.
“It belonged to my brother. The last man to wield it was my father. They both died in battle with it, cut down by their enemies before they could even begin to fight.
”Now…this sword has fallen to Mnasidika of Sparta, and I fear it. Whatever in the name of the gods am I supposed to do with it? I have put my own share of blood upon this blade. And the stains will not go away.”
The CGI illustrated series House of the Muses took the Indie comic world by storm from 2007-2012, but an unexpected series of events put the final episode of the series on a long hiatus. Nearly 8 years later new readers can experience this bold new version of the story of legendary poetess Sappho of Lesbos from the acclaimed creator of House of the Muses, A Deviant Mind, The Voices Against Bullying Anthology, contributor to Jenni Gregory’s Dark Mischief Horror Anthology, Prism Comics’ ALPHABET LGBTQAI Anthology and Chief Editor of ICC Magazine. Read the full series nearing its final completion at the author’s website, or collect all the comics and graphic novel volumes at IndyPlanet.com
House of the Muses is a series NOT to be missed! –CURVE Magazine, June, 2008
Fans of history, lesbian romance, or Sappho herself are sure to enjoy it…it’s DEFINITELY worth the read. –Pink Kryptonite
A tale from ancient history, compiled from the writings of a Greek poet and her friend. And the poet is Sappho, so it’s no surprise that passion is as omnipresent as the power politics of slave ownership and family intrigues….
–T.E. Lyons, LEO Weekly Magazine