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Last Request: A Victorian Gothic


"For the love of God, cut off my head."

The last request in Uncle Silas's will shocks everyone speechless, everyone except his favorite niece, Anna. More than death itself, the claustrophobic Silas fears a premature burial. Will her elders carry out his request? Anna is certain they will not. It's up to her to do the right thing, even if it is a bit grisly. Armed with butcher knife and candle, Anna heads for the crypt underneath the church in the dead of night. All does not proceed according to Anna's careful planning. Graves have a way of not letting go.

Last Request is a historical novella set in Victorian England with gothic sensibilities. What's more gothic than beheadings, nightmares, and a dusty crypt filled with moldering corpses? Your heroine faces plenty of suspense, terror, and horror in her quest to fulfill her uncle's wish, but there are also moments of comedy along the way. Fans of historical fiction, gothic thrillers, and Edgar Allan Poe will find something to like in Last Request.

So step inside a dark story in the tradition of the penny dreadful, at times humorous and horrifying, but don't close the door behind you. Someone might lock you in.

Categories: 19th century historical fiction, historical fiction novellas, gothic historical suspense, Victorian horror stories, gothic thrillers, Victorian thrillers.

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Jeff Chapman

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I write software by day and speculative fiction when I should be sleeping. Dark hot chocolate fuels my writing hours. My work ranges from fairy tales to fantasy to horror and ghost stories. Like most writers, I've been dabbling with writing all my life. My short stories have appeared in various anthologies and magazines. You can find links to my novels, novellas, and short story collections below or on my website. When not working or writing, I enjoy life with my wife, children, and cats in a house with more books than bookshelf space.

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