The Rogues Gallery

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Just released on Kindle ( at a very reasonable price! ) by Firbolg Publishing Is ‘The Rogues Gallery: The Illustrated Police News’.

 

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It is a short story collection. Each piece is inspired by a genuine Victorian illustration, drawn to highlight some of the gruesome murders that happened. Included  are stories by Poe, Lovecraft and Thackeray.

My story, ‘His Guilt Exhumed’ was inspired by, Yes!  a picture of a body being exhumed, but I had to have a sting in the tail…

It was a joy to write, being a lover of  Gothic fiction and Victorian history. I hope you will enjoy it too. 

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Abandoned Libraries

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Sadly, in the area where I live, two libraries have closed down, but, and in these times of cutbacks I am very grateful, they were replaced with a new library. It’s smaller than the others were, has a lot of PC’s etc and seems to be part of a new school that was built in the area (covering the old schools sports fields… sorry kids,just don’t think about having any exercise or fun!!)

What pi**es me off is that the old libraries are left standing to rot. One is a 60’s creation.  Not very pretty,very square but it was modern in its day and was a meeting place for the community. It was still being used a lot, especially by the local children, and now it stands, boarded up and pitiful.

The other is, I think, a listed building and as you can see from the photos I’ve posted, looks like Miss Haversham should be living there. It was ( still is ) a beautiful  Victorian library, A Carnegie library. There were many built with donated money to help educate those who were not so well off. In my local paper last week the Council are having to pay thousands to stop it rotting further. It should never have closed in the first place!!

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You would have to fight your way in!

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