Sunday, April 13, 2014
LAST REQUEST-A VICTORIAN GOTHIC by Jeff Chapman lands in THE HOT SEAT REVIEWS
When I began reading this, I decided I was smart enough to figure out the why behind Uncle Silas' strange LAST REQUEST...to sever his head from his dead corpse. Being an avid reader of Vampire Lore, I concluded Uncle Silas must be a vampire, weary of his long, blood sucking life. Why else would he want his head removed?
Okay I KNOW what Jeff Chapman told us was the reason...claustrophobia...but still that just seemed...
Anna, his great niece spent a lot of time listening to Silas repeat the source story explaining his claustrophobia, but still...his LAST REQUEST seemed more than a tad bizarre with a capital B.
This is a short Gothic Tale...written so well you can feel poor Anna's goose bumps...or maybe you're feeling and seeing your own goosebumps from reading Jeff Chapman's rich selection of bone-chilling words.
You HEAR the sound of metal wailing, wood chipping, and stone steps clinking, shallowly beneath Anna's teen aged feet.
You FEEL the inebriated meanderings and delusions of the Church's Sexton as he talks to his ghosties...the only friends he truly has after forty years living in his small cell tending to the care and upkeep of all things attached to the Church.
LAST REQUEST by Jeff Chapman is so well written to give it less than
FIVE STARS would be a travesty.
Well Done Mr. Chapman...This is
Ladybug Lin and
Kitty Kat saying we can see your name up in ghoulish lights somewhere in the not too distant future.