Author C. C. Mambretti
Books, Libraries, Schools, and Other Mysteries
The Evil That Men Do (Short Stories)
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 “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”
(William Shakespeare)

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.

  • In Medieval Catalunya, evil persists on the walls of long-abandoned churches in murals where demons torture saints and martyrs. (Vist the link above to see wonderful Romanesque frescoes.)

 

  • In Colonial Virginia, native Powhatan bones preserve the tale of genocide. (Visit Historic Jamestown at the link above.)

 

 

  • In the 1990s, a young woman decides there’s no benefit in being more sinned against than sinning. ("Barbie" thinks she knows how to commit the perfect crime. For a real forensic psychologist's view of perfect crimes, see the I.D. channel's "Most Evil.")

 

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.

ISBN 978-0-9821549-0-8

Copyright 2008 by Catherine Mambretti
Cover design by Light Pages, LLC
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Reader Reviews

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. "

12th Century Spain

Story 1: "Painter of the Seven-eyed Beast" 

Story 2: "The Mute Monja"

1609 Jamestown

Story 3: "Dead of Winter" 

1950s Oklahoma and Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse

Story 4: "She's Gone West"
 
Story 5: "The Odds of Death" 

The "Roaring 1990s"

Story 6: "Measure Twice, Cut Once" 

Story 7: "'Tis the Season to KISS"

A Haunted Resort, Nov. 2000

Story 8: "At the Foot"