|Philomela and Procne confront Tereus with|
|the head of his son Itys. (Peter Paul Rubens.)|
I received word this week that Wicked East Press accepted my story "Tapestries of Betrayal" for their Greek Myths Revisited anthology. "Tapestries of Betrayal" revisits the story of Tereus, Procne, and Philomela. Ovid's telling from Book 6 of Metamorphoses is probably the best known version. Like most Greek myths, this story is rather brutal and centers on betrayal and revenge. The original's deus ex machina conclusion has Tereus, Procne, and Philomela transformed into birds whose traits match those of the human characters. I made some radical changes to the conclusion to give the tale a new twist.