The Mark of Cain
A stain has appeared in the basement and now covers the entire wall of the caretaker’s office. It is very dark in colour, radiating almost no light whatsoever. Whilst cold to the touch it is dry, and emits a distinctive sulphurous odour. Mr Sykes, who has worked down there longer than any of us can remember, refers to it as a “living shadow” and first noticed it on the morning that followed the...
From Sea Through Tree
The history of Chapelkill is the subject of this summer’s exhibition in the Reference Library. Chapelkill – From Sea Through Tree is a collection of photographs, paintings, essays and napkins from local folk historian and discredited taxidermy curator Alfred Catch Esq. Dr Mammon’s Famous Second Hand; The Monkey Puzzle Press; Rooksnest Manor; The Chapelkill Coven; Sir Guin; Fox’s Well – these are...
Bingo Jesus is the second volume in the Chapelkill Book Club, a series of twisted shorts by James Cessford to be released over the coming seasons. For the last 37 years Thomas Brown has worked as a caller in the bingo hall squatting amidst the faded grandeur of Chapelkill’s once majestic Plaza Theatre. During the final draw, on his last night before he is due to retire, something amazing...
The Library Maze
To raise some much needed extra funds this summer, Chapelkill Library is to open The Library Maze. Every Tuesday in July and August the shelves in the main lending library will be re-arranged into a maze based on the design of the labyrinth at Knossos. Don’t worry, there won’t be a minotaur waiting in the middle! That would be a logistical nightmare, and no doubt in breach of some health and...