The Death Bell (Short Story)

Laura Ellen Joyce

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In 'The Death Bell', the Thames is the setting for an ancient form of child sacrifice. This piece was informed by research into a true case, that of ‘Adam’ the child whose torso was discovered in the Thames in 2001. ‘Adam’ was transmuted into the character of Bea, a toddler murdered by her terminally ill aunt, Grainne, who has a hereditary condition that results in extreme insomnia and mental instability. The story is intertwined with a subplot that relates a Tinder date between a young woman and a city banker. The City is made strange, and capitalism is invoked as a dangerous infection, indistinct from the violence of Grainne towards Bea.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Gothic
EditorsBeth K. Lewis
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherStone Skin Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-1-908983-05-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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