Notes: Chapter 13

Nergal really is one of the demons of hell, and his role is Chief of Secret Police. Many pictures have him looking very demonic and weird, but I wanted his evil to exude from him rather than have any physical manifestation. The picture I found that most fit the one I had in mind seems to come from a game, “Fire Emblem.”


And isn’t it sweet that on Valentine’s Day we get a surprise wedding? Purely accidental, I have to admit. Had I kept to schedule this chapter would have been posted yesterday. Still — serendipitous.

Of course, any talk of Valentine’s Day and tying the knot automatically makes one think of the iconic Bettie Page, the ultimate pin-up model and love-light of many a man (and woman) back in the ’50s and early ’60s.

Bettie Page

 She was also iconic as the ultimate bondage model.


Around this same time, John Coutts was publishing his irregular series about “Sweet Gwendoline,” a feisty and well-developed blonde whose major purpose in life was to get captured and tied up.



Cover of the collected John Willie “Sweet Gwendoline” comics. (And we own this book.)

Gwendoline also enjoyed a small surge of popularity in 1984 when French director Just Jaeckin produced the movie, The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak. The role of Gwendoline was played by the adorably cute Tawny Kitaen.


That’s Tawny on the left. (And we own this poster.)

5 thoughts on “Notes: Chapter 13

  1. I would be a very happy woman it if my major purpose in life was to get captured and tied up. Damn work, always interfering. I’ll have to bookmark this page, I think…

    • When writing for the Queen Street magazine one Christmas I did a piece on suggested Christmas gifts according to whether the recipient lived on Queen East or Queen West. Queen East is basically young urban professionals who own dogs and small children. Queen West is populated by cat-owning goths, vampires and bondage aficionados. All the “gifts” were imaginary, reflecting an exaggerated image of the character of each side of the street. I no longer remember most of the gifts, but one for Queen West was bondage gear lined with LED lights, so you could find where you’d put your special someone late at night. A couple of days after that issue came out I got a call from a reporter at the Toronto Sun asking where the bondage gear could be bought. She was very disappointed when I told her that it didn’t really exist.

      • Okay, first I’m going to say that I love that line about the young urban professionals owning dogs and small children. Hilarious. Now, I’m not sure how I’d feel about someone misplacing me while slightly incapacitated, but as a gag gift, it’s perfect. I bet you had a lot of fun writing that.

        • If I remember correctly, I was somewhat cruel to the Queen Easters — unfortunately I can’t recall any specifics. I have done a few fake articles here and there that have been taken as real. Always fun — especially when other papers call about them.

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