Renaissance Moon by Linda Nevins

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The strikingly glamorous Selene Catcher, an American scholar renowned for her books on Italian Renaissance art, is obsessed by a fierce devotion to the ancient Moon Goddess, Artemis.  Selene's domineering father, who both worshiped and betrayed the Goddess, named his infant daughter for the Goddess's virgin form, setting the stage for the eventual disintegration of Selene's brilliant and tormented personality.The story is told by her friend Giovanni Corio, an Italian priest, who watches in disbelieving horror as Selene sinks deeper and deeper into her pagan faith.  Her bloody rituals begin to affect her writing as she passes inexorably through the mythic phases of the Goddess: from Selene, the cold Artemis, the chaste and vengeful Hecate, the Sorceress--creator of nightmares and spells.But Selene's passion for the fascinating and mysterious Victor Bellacera threatens to overcome her devotion to Artemis.  Fearing the Goddess's famous wrath, determined to appease Her by any means, Selene will stop at nothing to implore Her favor and forgiveness.Sweeping from Renaissance Florence to the deep forests of America, Renaissance Moon is a chilling tour de force from the author of the acclaimed Commonwealth Avenue.

About Linda Nevins

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Linda Nevins has taught English literature at the University of Michigan and worked in the film industry in New Mexico and Los Angeles.  She now lives in Boston, the setting of her first novel, Commonwealth Avenue, published by A Wyatt Book for St. Martin's Press in 1996.
Published March 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Press. 262 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Selene, meanwhile, publishes some impressive works on Annunciation paintings of the Italian Renaissance, coming to believe that the Virgin Mary is an incarnation of the Moon Goddess, which mildly shocks Father Giovanni Corio, the narrator.

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Transfixed by the image of Actaeon hunted down by the merciless goddess's hounds, Selene begins to transmogrify into a modern-day resurrection of Artemis, exhibiting a voracious need for sacrifice and appeasement that leads to heartbreak and horrifying gore.

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