A London Gothic - or 'Bloody Hell, Little Nell!'
Tales of Vampires, Witches, and Demons on the Streets of Victorian London - a full length novel of approx. 300 pages, anticipated delivery Autumn, 2017.
"Whitechapel," said the Chief Inspector as he leaned over the ruined body of the prostitute. "Why is it always bloody Whitechapel?"
London, Christmas 1888
Welcome to the dark and Gothic London of an alternative 1888. A dark and Gothic London where the shadow of Jack the Ripper still hangs over the streets of the East End like a malignant memory, fresh in the mind and with the power still to terrify. It is barely a month since Saucy Jack claimed the life of Mary Jane Kelly, yet, as our heroine Little Nell Trent is about to find out, there are more horrors than just old Jack lurking in the grim backstreets of Whitechapel. Attacked on her own doorstep by a vampire girl, 18 year old Nell is herself transformed, joining the ranks of the East End vampires, known by the human residents as Tooth Fairies, and is plunged into a world of blood, lust, and dark wonder.
Captured by a human gang and forced into servitude, Nell befriends her one-time assailant Sally, the girl who originally turned her from mortal to vampire, and over the Christmas period of 1888, Sally protects her protégé as best she can, and every night recounts to her a Gothic tale from the dark underbelly of London.
Here then are collected the tales told to Little Nell Trent by the vampire Sally Brass, during one week in December, 1888.
Mary Shelley, Queen of the Damned. While boarding at Miss Pertiman's School for Young Ladies, 16 year old Mary Shelley engages in black magic with three of her fellow pupils. This dalliance with the devil leads to the death of Mary's best friend, Amanda Frankenstein, and in her grief Mary attempts that most unholy of rites – a spell to raise the dead.
Mary's Adventures in Wonderland. A reworking of Lewis Carroll's classic 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', in this version we follow Mary Shelley as she descends into the nether world in an attempt to rescue the soul of Amanda Frankenstein, lost to the demonic Red Queen.
There Was a Boy, Once. As everyone surely knows, only females can be turned into vampires (or at least, in the universe populated by the vampires Little Nell and Sally Brass). But there was a boy, once upon a time, who successfully made the 'turn' from human to vampire. A boy whose coming had long been prophesied by the Tooth Fairies of the East End; a boy vampire who would take them out of the slums and lead them to the glittering heart of London. A sickly boy turned vampire king. A boy by the name of Tiny Tim.
A Christmas Chant. As the church bells ring for Christmas Eve, Sally tells Nell the tale of a young girl who worked in the funeral business as a 'mute' – a forlorn looking girl whose job was to stand at the graveside during funerals and look mournful and despondent. Unfortunately for this girl and her faux-grief, she was unaware that the corpse within the coffin housed an unquiet spirit who had no intention of spending eternity rotting in a box. And so this poor girl, this funeral mute, became possessed by the malignant spirit of a certain Jacob Marley.
And for the grand finale, we follow Nell and Sally as they attempt to escape from their jail and escape back across London to the safety of the backstreets and alleyways of the East End. A rip-roaring journey through an alternative Victorian London dripping with blood, menace, and sapphic curiosity!
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Paul Voodini is a very experienced writer who first full-length novel 'Dolly Biters: the Vampire Girls of Victorian London' met with critical acclaim. 'A London Gothic' signals his return to the Victorian London of his fevered imagination!
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Praise for Paul Voodini's earlier work:
"I loved this book! Mr Voodini has become one of my favourite Authors. This collection is perfect for curling up with in front of the fire on a cold, rainy winter's afternoon, and to read as night falls."
"Mr Voodini's writing reminds me of Angela Carter, certainly his tales are now among hers as firm favourites in my library."
"Tales of blood-sucking, lust and passion. Just another day in the lives of the vampires who stalk the Victorian London streets in search of prey to satisfy their needs. I just couldn't put this book down. Told from the standpoint of each female vampire, this book is amazing in many aspects, not least for the author's ability to weave together life in the East End with famous literary characters. Mr. Voodini's imagination & passion shine through in a book that will have you absorbing every last morsel of detail, and very possibly yearning for a very rare steak!"
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Risks and challenges
As can be seen in the description above, the entire book (of approx. 300 pages) is already well-planned out - and, indeed, much is already written. However I have allowed a realistic timescale so that nobody is disappointed. I am hoping to have the book completed before the November deadline, but as with all things creative, it pays to err on the side of caution.
I am a very experienced writer, and have already completed several Kickstarter projects, all fulfilled as promised.
- (28 days)