Published: March 2015
Format: Short Story
London, 1897. An elderly bibliophile receives a letter from the recently retired head of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. But the tale it relates of a book buying journey to Cracow soon turns into a hellish nightmare. A homage to M R James. A short story.
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In "The Voivod" it felt as though the author took up M.R. James's style which may seem dry to some modern readers but the story has subtle and terrifying hints throughout. A Voivod is a Slavic term for a commander in the military (unless Google steered me wrong) and when this particular Voivod's book was being transcribed a whole world of trouble came with it.
I found the build up to be worthy of the big twist. It is a darker story but I've never been one to shy away. I found the historical setting and research to be very impressive.
I think fans of M.R. James and of ghost stories will really enjoy this tale.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am now writing the sequel to The Sword of Moses, which will be the second book in the Dr Ava Curzon series.
In my spare time, I write for the Daily Telegraph newspaper in London on history.
You can find more information about me on my website: www.dominicselwood.com