What Lies Beneath

The Premature Burial by Antoine Wiertz; 1854

The Premature Burial by Antoine Wiertz; 1854

What could be worse than a violent death in a dark alleyway? Or dead bodies that aren’t actually dead yet—but soon will be? Fiends like Jack the Ripper and the persistent terror of premature burial both haunted the imagination of Victorian society. Only sometimes, such terrors proved anything but imaginary…

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 Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News

In Part VII of the collection, shadows in the night meet up with other quite unexpected—and deadly–shadows in J.B. Mulligan’s “Wolves in the Alley;” in “The Triple Event,” by Miriam H. Harrison, sins of the past so terrible they defy time and space collide with equally horrific sins of the present.

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News

In Part VIII, a wild and passionate woman turns out to be much more—or perhaps much less—than she seems in “The Second Mrs. Chapman,” by Brittany Warman; a seemingly grief-stricken widower unearths more than sentiment from his dead wife’s grave in “Only,” by Miriam H. Harrison; find out what’s been happening to the residents of a strangely empty cemetery in “His Guilt Exhumed,” by Donna Cuttress; and lastly, discover the master of the macabre’s own fittingly bizarre take on going to sleep with the worms a little too early in “The Premature Burial” by Edgar Allan Poe, originally published in The Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in 1844.

Movie poster for one of the many screen adaptations of Poe's The Premature Burial

1962 movie poster for one of the many screen adaptations of Poe’s The Premature Burial

Click here to read these stories and many more in The Rogues Gallery: The Illustrated Police News!
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premature_burial_title_page1To read more about Poe and the phenomenon of premature burial in the 19th century, click here for a post from Bronteheroine, a blog about Victorian literature and culture.