Last Request: A Victorian Gothic Review

By Brent King On September 2, 2014 Under Books, Reviews

Last RequestLast Request is an innocent tale of horror that elicits smiles, suspense, and fear. In a few pages, Jeff Chapman spins a realistic story that could have played out at many times or places in Victorian history. It could have been your story, or mine.

The author draws us in when Anna wonders what sort of knife would cut through the bone and gristle of a human neck. So begins a journey where the question comes again and again throughout the reading: how far would I go to grant the last request of a loved one?

Chapman’s writing is vivid and delightfully descriptive, drawn between the humorous and the horrific. From “The solicitor spoke without emotion, his monotone dusted with boredom” to “A motley crowd of gravestones—angels, crosses, and rounded slabs— flanked her on either side from the lichgate to the church steps”, he paints pictures that invade the mind and drive the yarn.

Last Request is a quick read, but one you won’t soon forget, especially if you fear confined spaces. Claustrophobic readers beware! If you love being torn between revulsion, chuckles, and trepidation, this book is for you!

Title: Last Request: A Victorian Gothic
Author: Jeff Chapman
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Published: March 18, 2014
See more on this book and author here.

ashleeJeff Chapman writes software by day and speculative fiction when he should be sleeping. His work ranges from fairy tales to fantasy to horror and ghost stories. He’s been writing all his life but decided to become super serious about it and pursue publication a few years ago. His work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. He lives with his wife, children, and cats in a house with more books than bookshelf space.

Find Jeff on his Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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