At Fall of Night: a supernatural slice of seasonal Victorian Gothic.
An understated ghostly novelette, Victorian in sensibility and style, that immerses the reader in a tale of obsession, and terror.
Monsieur Benoit Lavarnier, toast of the Parisian art world and a man of cultured accomplishments, remains, for all of his polished veneer, a son of the Breton soil, with all that this implies with respect to his superstitious beliefs. Commissioned to paint a portrait of renowned beauty, Lady Helena Brocklington, he arrives in the autumn of 1843 not only with the accoutrements of his trade, but also with something sinister lurking in his train. He soon finds himself so smitten with his subject, and so invested in his work, that the resultant piece becomes imbued with an essence that could, perhaps, be construed as akin to a life force. Could it be, that after so many decades, something beyond the paint itself endures?
Available from Amazon for 99c/99p, or free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Also available alongside three other stories as part of Uncanny Tales from the English Shires, in paperback and Kindle formats.
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‘Cracking read! Absolutely first rate ghost story that I can’t recommend highly enough, best read on a winters evening when the winds blowing, but with a strong drink handy.’ Amazon UK customer
‘This was a remarkably good read. Bulstrode through the often neglected medium of the short story tells us a nuanced multi-generational ghost story set in Victorian England.’ Silverfoxx, AmazonUK.
‘All of the characters were either nasty, unpleasant, evil or weak and lacked morals and good character. If you like horror stories and psychological mysteries you will like this book.’ Amazon US customer.