Book: The Duchess by Richard McCulloughcategories: Book, Winged Beast, Fear, Faith, Dark Horse, Fantasy, Life-Force, Death, Mythological, Cheating Death, Thriller, Psychological Horror
Richard McCulloughabout this book: The birth of "The Duchess" came about because I was feeling strong, invincible, almost immortal, life was good. I decided to challenge myself – what would be the worst villain imaginable – could I withstand that? What would such an evil being look like? How would it talk? How could I describe in mere words the depth of his depravity, something so evil as to be soul-less? What courage would it take to face such evil?
Out of my musings stepped The Duchess, quietly, not with bravado but with the certainty that the job needed to be done and that it was her responsibility. The setting could be none other than days of yore and the writing had to be in the form of a ballad – an epic poem – for where else are great tales told of mighty heroes who risked everything because only they could confront an evil that dark, that treacherous.
And so I give you "The Duchess" that you might test your mettle against this ultimate foe, something beyond fear – beyond even death – something more hideous even than your worst nightmare. Did she prevail? Will you?
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