“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”
So said Mark Antony at Caesar’s funeral. But although no one wants to speak ill of the evil dead, the effects of their lives linger forever. These eight stories explore those lingering aftereffects.
Three of these stories previously appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and one in ezine Handheld Crime. One story was scheduled for publication in two different periodicals that went out of business before it was published. One was developed and previewed at www.zoetrope.com.
Copyright 2008 by Catherine Mambretti
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British author Nigel Robinson:
"This collection of short stories is so remarkably good that, frankly, I was surprised to find it available as an e-book. In its taut, elegant professionalism and sheer entertainment value, it deserves a publishing award. In particular, the story At The Foot is as creepy as le Fanu at his best, but better written than le Fanu. Its last line twist is the spookiest thing I’ve read in years. I wish I could write as well as Ms Mambretti, and I speak as the holder of a PhD in creative writing! Why haven’t we heard more about this lady’s work? "
Mystery author S. D. Tooley:
"I was familiar with two of these stories having read them in Alfred Hitchcock magazine. This is one author whose historicals are well researched so you can imagine my delight when I discovered this eBook Gem. The lyrical prose transposes the reader to places and eras that will be remembered long after you turn off your Kindle. It's tough to pick a favorite. I have an avid interest in Native American history so "Dead of Winter" is at the top of my list but I'm also a sucker for haunted hotels and resorts so "At the Foot" is a close tie. Either way, with this superb collection of short stories, you can bet there's something for everyone. "