Meikle has been producing some of his best work under the aegis of DarkFuse, and this novella is no exception... a bravura performance. - Pete Tennant, Black Static #38
While Broken Sigil is filled with ghosts, its true power lies in how it will haunt the reader's mind even after the last word is read. Broken Sigil is one of those rare stories that is powerful enough to make the reader think about every word and turn it into something much more meaningful than just another story. - Examiner.com
Heartbreaking, chilling and highly recommended. - Ravenous Reads
It's a highly imaginative premise and one which is delivered consumately. - Dark Musings
This storyline, which begins as a dark-around-the-edges tale, seamlessly runs to full black, and readers have a first class ticket for a rollercoaster ride in this fascinating novella. -- Shannon Raab, Suspense Magazine
Broken Sigil is moody, dark, and packs an impressive amount of old-school horror into a slim volume. William Meikle takes this story in some decidedly unexpected directions, which is refreshing. - Court Street Literary Collective
From the Author
I've been having a nightmare off and on since I was a boy. It's of a bird - a huge, black, bird. The stuff that dreams are made of.
In the nightmare I'm on the edge of a high sea cliff. I feel the wind on my face, taste salt spray, smell cut grass and flowers. I feel like if I could just give myself to the wind I could fly. Then it comes, from blue, snow covered mountains way to the north, a black speck at first, getting bigger fast. Before I can move it is on me, enfolding me in feathers. It lowers its head and puts its beak near my ear. It whispers.
The bird's most recent appearance in my dreams was early this year, and the next morning I had an idea that fused my own history, my favorite movie and my bad habits into one coherent whole.
BROKEN SIGIL, my Darkfuse novella is the most personal thing I've ever written. It's also among my favorites of all my works.
Will we talk about the black bird?