Secrets Beneath the Sacred

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News

 

Light a candle and place it in the shadowy corners of an ancient cathedral. Now sit back and wait for the awe-inspiring silence of the ages to flood the soul and inspire the spirit. But wait…beneath that silence—far, far beneath, in the hidden catacombs and secret corridors below—lurk secrets and skeletons of a decidedly unholy kind…

 

 

True crime meets its equally bizarre match when dark fiction authors pair up with original illustrations from the Victorian tabloid The Illustrated Police News in Firbolg Publishing’s latest release, The Rogues Gallery: The Illustrated Police News, which includes my flash fiction piece “No Hard Feelings.

The monks of St. Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, Kansas in October, 1955

The monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas in October, 1955

Devil worship illustration from the book The Freemason, 1932

Devil worship illustration from the book The Freemason, 1932

The third section in the collection is about a set of unexpected bones that turn up where they most definitely don’t belong. In “The Nun’s Corpse,” by Debbie Powers, a priest comes face-to-skeletal-face with the long-hidden sins of the past; discover the diabolically double-edged sword of lust and temptation in “The Woman,” by Joshua Skye; find out what happens when an exorcism goes horribly wrong inBones,” by Carole Gill; in “The Writing on the Wall,” by Christopher Bleakley, a man’s obsessive quest for the Grail seems to have finally come to an end—but not quite the end he’d been expecting; a most unexpected witness bears testimony to a most unspeakable crime in “Consecratio Virginum,” by Miriam H. Harrison; and bear witness to an evil act of jealous revenge in “The Death of Sister Dorothea,” by D.C. Copeland.

Click here to read these stories and many more in The Rogues Gallery: The Illustrated Police News!
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