A historical novel featuring Oscar Wilde and his decadent friends in Dieppe, 1897...
May 1897. A suicidal Wilde, released from two years in prison, arrives in Dieppe, Normandy, under the assumed name... More > of Sebastian Melmoth. On the same ferry is Captain Drake Hastings, sent by British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, ostensibly to “protect national interests”, and to investigate conspiracies amongst the large British ex-pat community in Dieppe.
But there's worse beneath the skin of the chic resort than mere political intrigue: against a “Naughty Nineties” backdrop of disease and drugs, of vice and violence, a serial killer appears to be responsible for the abductions and murders of several English prostitutes working in the town, as well as the detectives sent by mysterious third parties. Crimes which echo those of the Whitechapel (Ripper) murders of 1888, and others Hastings recalls from his tour of duty in India< Less
In the ancient shire town of Summerwell, trade in occult goods is brisk. Something has been awakened in their midst. A great crime from long ago. And a lonely child.
The town's sleepy face belies... More > its buried powers.
Why are its children afraid of the dark? What do they see that adults cannot, or will not?
Who is the terrible Gimlet Boy, who appears to each new generation, but never grow old?
Only the town’s children can glimpse his terrible secret. He knows your fears and phobias
– crawling stinging things, burial alive, suffocation, unspeakable terrors…
The adults turn a blind eye, try to forget. Most of them.
It’s time to awaken your childhood fears. Something very ancient. And something very young.
Neither possess a language, both have a message. The Gimlet Boy wants you to come out to play…
in the dark place, under the stones…
Everything you wanted to forget. Everything you thought you’d forgotten.
It is time to apply the old remedies. An eye for an eye...< Less