In 1348, England is stricken by the Black Death.
The worst pandemic in human history has reached the kingdom of the warlike Edward III, a monarch who in battle against human adversaries cannot imagine defeat.
Two thirds of his subjects now perish. Woods become wild again, farmland goes to rack and ruin, villages, towns and castles are left empty, inhabited only by ghosts.
Little wonder that fear of the supernatural reaches an all-time high. Little wonder stories ignite about witches and demons spreading the plague, about ‘King Death’, an awesome harbinger of doom from whom there is no protection.
Cynical opportunist Rodric doesn’t believe any of these. With reckless indifference, he sets out to enrich himself…
“Paul Finch’s supernatural stories combine a poetic imagination with a sharp eye for the complexities of human evil.” – Joel Lane
Out end of November/beginning of December 2011 – includes an appended glossary of the medieval terms used in the story and (possibly) a short list of recommended reading on the period in which the tale is set.
NEWS: Spectral Volume V – Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music
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