[image description: A short-haired woman in a grey evening gown stands in front of tied red theatre curtains. She raises the short grey top hat from her head, and blood pours out, splashing everywhere. Though her mouth is open, she seems more excited than alarmed. Text reads, “157 MARQUEE DE SADE ~ SMALL GOD OF HORROR MOVIES”]
No one ever expects her to be happy, but she is. She is comedy and catharsis, she is merriment and murder, and she is a bucket of blood balanced over a half-open doorframe, ready to fall upon the first person to push it open. Her laughter is a constant and a genuine delight, and she is truly glad to be here.
And yeah, she’s had her moments. Sometimes the newest “hot young things” to join her priesthood think she needs to be taken more seriously, and they bring their own opinions to the sound stage, their own angles to the shoot, and you get a batch of gospels that are humorless and hard. But the pendulum always swings back, whether or not there’s a pit beneath it. The House of Usher always falls, and people remember it more clearly when it falls in hope and joy than when it falls in grim inevitability.
She wants to be remembered.
Some people say she’s one of the ascended, a former mortal who loved the genre she now represents so purely and so absolutely that she woke one day after dying and found herself divine. This may not be true—this probably isn’t true—but Marquee encourages the theory, if only because it would be a sort of horror movie in and of itself. Human woman dies, wakes up divine but also condemned to spend eternity in a waking horror movie? Oh, the pathos! Oh, the drama! Oh, the sequel potential!
Other people say that she’s the natural end result of all those midnight movie festivals, the pinups of Elvira, and the dulcet tones of the horror hosts whispering through the night, and those people may be closer to the truth than anyone can understand. It doesn’t really matter either way. Marquee is a sweet, sunshine soul who guides her little slice of creation with an unwavering hand, and she’s going to keep doing that no matter what people want to say about it, or her.
But she does suggest you keep the lights on.
Because that sound wasn’t the wind.
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: