This collection contains my first published short story, "For Kicks."
The story is about two young boys in a small town with nothing to do, except set...moreThis collection contains my first published short story, "For Kicks."
The story is about two young boys in a small town with nothing to do, except set a car on fire and wake the neighbors. The story consists of their conversation as they wander around and it goes dark. Hope you enjoy, especially recommended for pyromaniacs :-)
The Murderess and the Hangman is a tale told from both sides of the scaffold - about a female killer and the man who hangs her!
In 1879 William Marwood, 'gentleman hangman' for London and Middlesex, hanged 'callous murderess' Kate Webster. Her crime? The axe-murder of her landlady, Mrs Julia Thomas, in the leafy suburb of Richmond, London.
But is everything as clear as it seems? Certainly she is guilty, as we are told the story from both Kate's and Marwood's points of view. But when you set what Marwood does for a living against Kate's struggle in life, is there any room for forgiveness, understanding, redemption even? And what of the hangman who coolly moves from one execution to the next?
Marwood was a professional hangman, Kate a thief attracted by the tales he tells of his past hangings - hardly the most usual of romances! Both Marwood and Kate were really people, and he really did hang her for the crime. But there is no evidence they actually knew each other. I would therefore term my novel speculative fiction, faction, or a fantasy built on fact.
In addition to these characters, I wanted to explore the nature of the victim, Mrs Julia Thomas, as well as the police detectives - the new officers of the Bow Street Runners - here Inspector Gil Sequin and Nimrod Jones, as they pursue Kate across London, England itself, and eventually Ireland - in order to bring her back to Marwood's gentle arms. (less)
The novel is the story of Paul Morphy (1837-1884), born in New Orleans as a chess prodigy, his famous journey through Europe and his ultimate downfall on and off the chessboard. He is celebrated in fashionable European society, honored by Napoleon III of France and Queen Victoria of England and returns to New Orleans a local celebrity, only to find Civil War looming, a storm brewing in his family and his own mind coming apart ...
The novel recently won the first Unpublished Novel Award at http://www.bookhabit.com/competition. Matt is "thrilled" to have won $5000 and the novel is currently available to UK publishers.
Geoff Cush, a member of the judging panel, said "What made Matt Fullerty's writing stand out, from the very first sentence, was an unusually strong and individual way with words. Taking us into the vanished world of old America and Europe he uses a highly textured language to give an almost physical experience of being in that place and time. Drawing subtle lines between a society top-heavy with leisure and the profligate genius it produced in Morphy, he holds back the historical and personal reckoning while letting it gather and brood like the storm that finally washes away New Orleans. In my view this makes THE PRIDE AND THE SORROW a stand-out all rounder in the craft of literary fiction."
Interview, June 2008
A 23-minute interview with Matt is now available through http://ww.reviewyak.com with Clare Tanner of the Bookhabit Show. "Every month over 20,000 listeners download our podcasts for The Bookhabit Show where we tell the author's story behind the story." You can also link to the audio file on the new Bookhabit page http://www.bookhabit.com/newsdetail.p...