Sweet William’s Ghost: A Deadly Ballad

A dead lover returns to his still-alive fiance in the form of an apparition. He asks her to free him of their engagement or he's bound for hell (dramatic much?). That's essentially the gist of this English Ballad, which has many lyrical and musical variations. Of course, there's a push and pull between the ghost... Continue Reading →

A 19th Century Prison Wedding

On the night of November 13, 1885, a buggy rolled up to the Chatham Hill Gaol under the cover of darkness. Out leaped 18 year-old Mollie Downes, her brother, and a minister. What was this young woman about to do? Marry a prisoner, of course. a a Her beloved, James Fauntleroy, was in the Virginian... Continue Reading →

Two Publications in ONE Day!

Whew, it's been a busy day! Two stories have emerged from the dusty confines of my Word Documents and found spots in magazines! The first story is "Our Dance," which was previously published in Scarlet Leaf Review, has found a second home in The Magazine of History & Fiction. This wonderful magazine gives voice to historical... Continue Reading →

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