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 last winter solstice.
The library’s archive of rarer and more esoteric texts is stored in the basement. The stain has already spread to HP Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine, rendering large swathes of the text illegible.
To prevent any further damage to Chapelkill’s unique collection, the Head Librarian is urging anyone with experience of such matters to get in touch at the front desk.
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 happens, something that has never happened to him before, something that has never happened to anyone before.
To celebrate this weekend’s release of Bingo Jesus, The Chapelkill Library Press is giving away the first volume in the Chapelkill Book Club, Cleave absolutely free. Free downloads can be made via Amazon on Saturday May 19.
After eventually taking responsibility for the devastating flood that destroyed much of the Tragic Lives and Miniature Schnauzer racks, members of the Chapelkill Book Club have been barred from the library for the foreseeable future. The Book Club will now take place in the internet. The next title on their list will be James Cessford’s new short story, Cleave. Described as a “deliciously horrific fairy tale”, the book will be available for the Kindle on Amazon at the end of the month.