Treasures in the Attic

House of the Past by Clarence John Laughlin; 1948

House of the Past by Clarence John Laughlin; 1948

The thrill of blowing the dust away from a long-forgotten trunk or exploring the hidden treasures of shadowy attic corners–there is something voyeuristically fascinating about the debris and detritus of other peoples’ livesTake care before cracking that lock and opening the lid, though. You never know what–or who–has been waiting patiently among the cobwebs of time…

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.

In the ninth and final section, a man discovers that his deceased uncle’s seemingly random collection of things might not be so random after all in “The Collector,” by Miriam H. Harrison; an art connoisseur becomes the grisly inspiration for his own collection in “Another Picture for The Wall,” by Patrick O’Neill; a woman with nothing left but timelessness awaits her bizarre fate in “Mission Box,” by Cheryl Anne Gardner; and discover William Makepeace Thackeray’s  deliciously devilish take on the secrets we keep in “On Being Found Out,” originally published in the Roundabout Papers in 1863.

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News

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