Hades and Persephone

Hades & Persephone Ruling The Dead

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I don’t know how to spell.

Kore is the ancient Greek word for maiden. It’s pronounced (roughly) Kore-ay. Not core. 😉

Kore is another name for Persephone, the Greek goddess of the underworld and the dead, the wife of Hades. He kidnapped her while she was gathering flowers with her girlfriends and took her to the underworld. Her mother, Demeter, searched for her night and day, and basically put the screws on the other deities by refusing to allow anything to grow until her daughter was returned to her.

But when Persephone and Demeter were reunited, the young goddess revealed that she’d eaten pomegranate seeds given her by Hades. Eating the food of the underworld ties you to that realm, so Persephone had to live part of the year in the land of the dead and part in the realm of the living.

I named the heroine of my Legends Of A Dark Empire novel, Darkness Embraced, after Persephone. She goes by Perrie, but her full name is Persephone Underhill. Like the goddess, she’s kidnapped by a formidable male, an ancient vampire named Raphael Black. And, naturally, they fall in love. Hey, that’s what romance is all about.