At the haunted auctions of Thornhill and Swift, where artefacts of the ghostly and the macabre are bought and sold, we learn of the statue entitled: ‘The Girl with the Roses’.
Charlotte Salt has always dreamt of marrying for love, but when she realises that it isn’t always possible, she has to accept her fate. She has a suitor, and she must marry him. But the situation is complicated by the return of her brother’s friend, the handsome Charles Jameson. It is clear Jameson knows more than she does about her new fiancé.
Married to the eligible but secretive George Avery, Charlotte finds herself cut off from her family and friends when her husband takes her to live in his isolated home.
In failing health and increasingly troubled by strange sights and sounds, she begins to sense that something is wrong in the house. There are whispers in the village, and she starts to question her husband’s motives for marrying her. As dark forces surround her, she contemplates the fate of her predecessor. What happened to the first Mrs Avery?
In a summer of storms, can anyone save her from the shadows?
A Victorian-inspired gothic novella.
K.B. Goddard was born and raised in Derbyshire, England. She loves mythology, old ghost stories, and Sherlock Holmes.
Her short story “Shadows” won the 2017 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) on The Wicked Library podcast. She also penned the opening episode of season 2 of The Lift “The Lost Library”, which was a finalist in the same category.
Her work has appeared on Shadows at the Door, and she was honoured to be one of the thirteen writers chosen to contribute to their first anthology.
She has also had her horror and folklore articles published on The Spooky Isles.
A writer of traditional ghost stories and supernatural fiction, she is strongly influenced by the subtlety and elegance of classic ghost stories.
She has been intrigued by the Victorian writing style since discovering the Sherlock Holmes stories as a teenager. Her discovery of M. R. James led her into the realms of the classic ghost story. She doesn’t care for gory horror, much preferring a good atmospheric supernatural tale.
She started writing her own supernatural fiction on a Creative Writing course; it was then she wrote her first Victorian pastiche and decided that it was so much fun she should keep doing it.