A supernatural West Country Tale with a darkly satirical streak.
The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but Beatrice Clemens is determined to make this adage more ‘relevant’ to today’s society by blithely driving an eight-lane superhighway straight through the heart of rural England. Dubbed the ‘Conscience of Dorset’ by a newly launched progressive broadsheet, one could be forgiven for forgetting that this doughty campaigner for social justice in its many forms is actually a B&B hostess (although she would prefer the non-gender specific term ‘host’). Alas for her guests, her values and preoccupations are never far from her lips, and her inclusive zeal is something in which she enjoins all to share, even if they are only trying to order a full English breakfast and enjoy a country break far from the clamour of the madding crowd.
Just as Beatrice stands upon the brink of receiving the acclamation that she believes her work deserves, something, or someone, is glimpsed amidst the hedgerows and within the banks of the Trendle; shadowy, furtive – the embodiment of old Dorset? Whoever, or whatever, it may be, he does not, it would seem, share her enthusiasms.
A standalone novella in the West Country Tales series. Available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers, otherwise £1.99/$2.99 or local equivalent. To preview, or purchase a copy, please click either here or on the image above. Also available, along with three other stories, as part of the anthology Uncanny Tales.