[image description: A vast corn maze as seen from above. The circular clearing in the center highlights the central corn figure – a woman with her hands raised. The maze continues through her corn-husk dress, Text reads, “157, AMAIZEING GRACE~ SMALL GOD OF FALL FAMILY FESTIVITIES”]
Bring the whole family, come for an hour or an afternoon. She has something for everyone. Apple-picking and pumpkin patches for the littlest ones; hayrides and bonfires for the teens; scare-show tableaus in the barns out back and a corn maze suitable for all ages. She’s happy to see you all, happy to accept you all, yearning and burning for the chance to lead you into the rustling gold, into the shadow of the cornfield, into the deep, slow places where the spiders spin and the soil smells of loam and secrets, into the liminal space that exists only when she rises, when her time is come, when she returns.
Her time is very short, year on year. Her memory is very long.
She remembers fields without fences, soil without sorrow, crops without conquest. She remembers harvests of blood and bone and body, days when tears ran down to water the roots, and apples that tasted of grieving. The harvests are sweeter now, if not so open-eyed as once they were. And still Grace holds sway over them all, ready to welcome the children, the teens, the adults, the innocent and the condemned all into her haylofts and her orchards.
And if not all of them come out again, well. It’s not like she hasn’t given warning. Not like she hasn’t always been open about the link between crop and corpse, between corn and consequence.
Bring the whole family, come for an hour or an afternoon. Come into the shadows of her towering fields, come into the spaces where no one hears the screaming, come into the comfort of her eternity. She is brief. She is eternal. She is patient.
She is vengeful.
Come for an hour or an afternoon. Come forever.
Artist Lee Moyer (13th Age, Cursed Court) and author Seanan McGuire (Middlegame, Every Heart a Doorway) have joined forces to bring you icons and stories of the small deities who manage our modern world, from the God of Social Distancing to the God of Finding a Parking Space.
Join in each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a guide to the many tiny divinities: