ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a child, Melanie Cossey delighted in reading stories that left her feeling disturbed, like Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, and Poe's The Telltale Heart. Her love of the Victorian period combined with her penchant for impactful, unsettling stories nurtured her desire to create troubling tales of gothic horror. Melanie's short, The Nymphalidae won Honorable Mention in the Storm Crow Tavern's 2015 Tales from Beermat Microfiction Contest. Her short fiction has been shortlisted in numerous contests. Melanie's gothic horror, A Peculiar Curiosity, was released on October 26, 2018 by Fitzroy Books. She is a member of the Horror Writer's Association.
ABOUT THE BOOK - A PECULIAR CURIOSITY
Anthropology professor Duncan Clarke must get a handle on his anxiety disorder by the end of Christmas break, or risk losing the position to which he has tirelessly devoted himself for decades. When Clarke intercepts a box of macabre curiosities, he discovers a travel journal from 1865 containing frantic scribblings of Edward Walker--an eccentric Victorian curiosity dealer. Tucked within the journal is a disturbing drawing of a young boy, "Specimen Z", the apparent victim of a Haitian Vodou witch doctor. Desperate to salvage his professional career and discover the fate of the mysterious boy, Clarke follows gruesome clues left within his predecessor's relic collection and discovers a dark secret Walker kept in his basement and a connection to the brutal crimes terrorizing London. Clarke's holiday pastime becomes an all-consuming obsession as he begins to understand the chilling implications of the journal and the horror that ties his fate to Walker's-for Clarke will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even at the cost of his career, his family, and his very life.