East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

It rains in Astigianistan


Considering the pouring rain that hit us uninterruptedly for the last 24 hours, I guess the crocodile either found himself a warm spot in some village pub, or the poor thing had a bad day indeed.


Searches for the crocodile continue.
Ditto the rain.

Meanwhile, I am trying to invent something to do with my friends that will come visiting these days. Because this being three days between a weekend and the Day of the Dead/Halloween/All’s Allows celebrations (potentially, nine days of vacations), the locals decided they would do absolutely nothing – no festivals, no parties, no events, museums closed, visitors are kindly invited to f*ck off.

Add to this that my house is a mess, and I will have to find a nice warm spot for me and my friends to spend our time together.
Just like the crocodile, we are exotic creatures in these hills, and there is no place for us.


So the question is – what could a group comprising four writers (one of which is a translator and another an editor, too) plus one Jack the Ripper expert do, stranded in the dark hills of Astigianistan for three days and nights, in the pouring rain?
We will come up with something, of course.
Me, I’ll bring along a camera, a pocket recorder, a deck of Tarot, a paperback, a folding umbrella and a notebook.



Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

9 thoughts on “It rains in Astigianistan

  1. Feel like visiting another planet? I can email you the playtest kit of my new sword and planet RPG, Swords of Maruzar, if you like. 🙂



  2. Given the croc messing around, a good rifle could be useful. Maybe for more than the croc, Astigianistan is a dark corner of the world.


  3. How familiar are your friends with the charms of Piemonte?

    I feel like Turin is a very fascinating city for writers, expecially if you manage to have them visit some of its less well known (and possibly less than savoury) spots.


    • Alas, they will be staying here in Astigianistan – and already they have experienced heavy rain,cold wind, and a dead town.
      But also a nice dinner, and hopefully a good night’s sleep.


  4. Thanks! Sending it now.


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