Domini Mortum is a supernatural murder mystery novel set in late Victorian London.
It is the story of Samuel Weaver, an illustrator and correspondent for The Illustrated Police News, the biggest selling tabloid newspaper of the day.
Weaver is renowned for his work, using his employer’s influence and money to regularly enjoy unrestricted access to scenes of murder and crime. His sensationalist style of drawing and writing make him, in turn, both popular with the public, who love his bloodthirsty and violent stories, and hated by other members of the press and the police, who see him as a self serving monster.
Originally from York he moved to the capital because of his obsession with a series of child murders committed in Whitechapel six years earlier by a man named Sibelius Darke, a post-mortem portrait photographer. Weaver is writing his own account of Darke’s murders which he hopes to publish and find fame with.
As he investigates the life of Sibelius Darke, he finds himself meeting people who knew Darke; from the policemen that let him get away, to those who believe in his innocence and who claim that the murders were committed by a higher power.
Meanwhile another pattern of killings has begun in Paddington, and Weaver begins to suspect that these new deaths are somehow linked to the trail of terror left by Darke in the East End six years earlier. The journey will push Weaver to his limits and cause him to question everything that he believes and everyone that he trusts.
Domini Mortum is a dark, fast paced adventure which rattles through the cobbled streets of Victorian London and York, visits villages haunted by the terrible deeds of the past, and comes face to face with high society, where power and corruption have sunk to new depths.
During my fourteenth year I saw my first man die.
This may, of course, not be such a shocking revelation to the average person, people die in their thousands every day. However the nature of my experience and its effect upon me is perhaps something which would not sit lightly upon the minds of normal men. I feel though, that by knowing the nature of this event there will be a better understanding of the type of man that I am and of the elements which make up the more complex areas of my personality.
I had always had a love of drawing and in creating illustrations, primarily just for myself to enjoy. My interests and aspirations however were not in the fine arts, in painting and suchlike, moreover it was in the graphic and detailed portrayal of life through the medium of sketched reportage. It was not for me to spend long hours in a studio, delicately using oil paints to create beautiful images of the world from a distance. No - it was about being there and documenting the brutalities and realities of life as it happened before me. This may not be thought of by those in respectable society as art, but for me it was art in its purest form, showing the world in all of its ugly splendour.
Aligned with this skill in graphic depiction was my burning interest in the macabre, those dark areas of life which are feared, so often ignored, but which live in the most shadowy recesses of the minds of us all.
My father, a liberally minded man in most accounts, despite his age, supported my interest, supplied me with the materials required and allowed me time away from my studies to venture into the city from the rectory where we lived on the outskirts of York.
Please pop over to my blog to have a read of my interview with fellow Unbound author Shona Kinsella.
This is the second of a series of interviews that I am carrying out with Unbound authors. They are unlike any other author interviews you will ever read.
This week I have begun th process of interviewing other Unbound authors. The first of these interviews is with resident Unbounder and comprehensive all rounder Stevyn Colgan.
You can still pre order Stevyn's latest tome 'A Murder to Die for' on the Unbound site and would highly recommend that you do. I have.
To see the interview pop over to my blog here http://doloriantales.blogspot.co.uk/2017…
A quick tale of tigers, burning and... um... cannibalism.
"So now, bruised, bloodied and drunk, the victim, both of an opportunist ‘roller’ and my own weakness, I found myself in the graveyard of St Mary Matfelon staring down at the graves of Grandfather and his wife." - Memento Mori
The church, which appears in my first novel Memento Mori, is notable for two meetings between the main character…
“If it’s murder you want then this city is producing it afresh every day. Nobody wants to hear old news, I cannot sell it." - George Purkess, Domini Mortum
A little over two years ago I found myself at a writing impasse. I had recently completed my first novel, Memento Mori, and the burning desire to build on the achievement and hurl myself straight into the process of creating another…
I’m not very good at Science, never have been and, despite my best efforts, probably never will be. I like the idea of it, I’m interested in the hows and the whys, the whats and the wherefores, but there is just something in my brain that can’t click with remembering the important Sciencey stuff, or being able to work it out for myself. This can be a bit of a problem, as my full time job is working…
With Hallowe'en just around the corner I decided to set a little quiz for you all, the rounds of which are based on a well known television news quiz. I won't say which, it's not hard to work out.
The premise is simple, bamboozle yourself with the questions below and send your answers to email@example.com by the witching hour on October 31st.
The winner will receive a signed and…
This week I appear in an interview on the website of the lovely Shona Kinsella. which can ebe found here www.shonakinsella.com Head over if you want to know more about the workings of my writing mind, the current project I am working on, and how it's related to Domini Mortum, and where I get my inspiration from.
Its not too late to pledge for Shona's fantastic book, Ashael Rising, on Unbound you…
Perfection today would be another percent in the bag. In the meantime here is a short story about a man with a deep need for affection and his search for perfect love (or something like that).
Kepp pledging, keep supporting, keep sharing!
My Search for Perfection
It had always been a dream of mine, to find the perfect woman.
As a child I had looked through Mother’s catalogues…
As promised I pulled a name out of the hat once I had reached 150 supporters. This lucky person/victim would have a character in Domini Mortum named after them.
I am pleased to say that the winner was... Neil Bates. Neil (or Batesy as he prefers to be known) will now enter the annals of literary immortality and have a character in Domini Mortum bear his name. I already have the character in…
Some of you may know that, when I am not penning Victorian murder mystery novels or working in a school, I spend my evenings and weekends working for a local charity called Ryedale Special Families. RYedale Special Families do a brilliant job providing support for families of children, young people and young adults with disabilities, additional needs and illness.
This support can be anything from…
Enjoying the summer? In need of a good book to read?
Well, I think you're in luck because this weekend, for two days only, my first novel Memento Mori is available on Amazon Kindle for free! Yes Free!
All I ask in return is that once you've read it (and loved it) that you leave me a little review and however many stars you think it deserves.
Memento Mori is set six years prior…
I've been giving a lot of thought lately to the idea of getting old. Perhaps it's because I feel it... some days.
For the most part, in the voice in my mind, I'm still young, I still have a young man's voice, (definitely still have a young man's imaturity) and for the most part still have the naivety and stupidity that I had as seventeen year old and which I have held dear ever since…
With the advent of another pledge arriving this morning, the time is drawing near to pull another name out of the hat and immortalise some lucky devil in print.
145 people have now pledged their support for Domini Mortum and when the clock strikes 150, then all of ther supporters names (Less Catherine Davies who won the honour at the 100 mark) will be thrown hapahzardly into my stovepipe and…
The campaign rolls on and, although past the 50% mark, there is still a way to go. By way of a ghostly premonition of what is to come I present you with the first two chapters of Domini Mortum.
For those who have already pledged their support, thank you so much a please enjoy a sneak preview. For those that have not yet pledged, have a read, see what you think, if you like - get your…
The campaign rolls on, hitting an amazing 55% this week, but more pledges are needed if I am to reach the magic 100. For those of you that have pledged your support, thank you, you have done a wonderful thing and I am very grateful for the faith you have shown in me and your friendship.
If you have not yet pledged, then I would implore you to do it today. Last night I finished editing the latest…
Exquisite eggs; smashed, damaged, destroyed… dead.
Mr Rabbit looked around at what was left of his collection. Since he had been a young kitten he had kept them so neatly upon the shelf of his living room on the opposite wall to his fireplace. There he could sit by the fire on a night and look at hem lovingly, remembering how he had collected each on. He had added a new one each year and…
Have you ever wondered what went through the minds of those crazy Victorians, when they thought it would be a great idea to pose for a family portrait with their just dead relative?
I've given it a lot of thought, a disturbing amount of thought in fact, and the culmination of my musings led to Memento Mori my first novel.
Memento Mori is a prequel to Domini Mortum and is set six years earlier…
The campaign continues and, although past the halfway stage, there are still plenty of pledges needed in order to get Domini Mortum published by those lovely people at Unbound.
If you haven't pledged already, then please do not put it off any longer. This book needs your support and needs it now.
For those who have pledged their support. Thank you, I am so very grateful for your help, please…
I hate my life.
This is the thought which went round and round in my head, as I sat in the living room of Tom and Barbara Finbarr. I have had many regrets in my life; I wish I had looked after myself a bit more, before age finally caught up with me and I couldn’t be arsed to do anything about it, and I wish I had paid more attention at school, I know I’m fairly smart, I could have been a somebody…
As I opened the garden gate, I stopped for a moment to look up and down the street. ’This is the perfect setting,’ I thought to myself, ‘just right for what I am aiming for.’ I had journeyed to a small market town in North Yorkshire following a response to my classified advert. I had placed it in the hope of finding subjects on which to base my latest book, as yet untitled, but which would…
Please take a look at what the amazingly talented Katie Rawlins has created for Domini Mortum. Beautifully twisted. Thank you, Katie.
Most people would think that Alexander Hemsworth, 39, was just an ordinary kind of man, the kind you would not look twice at if he were behind you in the queue at the supermarket. He is of average height, average build, not the worst looking bloke in the world but definitely not the best. He does not dress extravagantly or have a strange haircut, he holds down a fairly normal job and his work colleagues…
The next video that I found was created by a group calling themselves ‘Visual Paranormal Investigations’, and the discovery of this video began a short, but intense, obsession within me.
Visual Paranormal Investigations (VPI) travel wherever the spirits take them, armed with a video camera, some snazzy hoodies with their logo on and a host of other ‘equipment’ (don’t expect Ghostbuster style heavy…
A new video. Taking its words from the first page of Domini Mortum. That's not my voice I'm afraid. I did record myself but sounded too much like a reedy southerner, not the timbre that I was aiming for. The voice belongs to Dominic, who stepped in at the last minute and created the sound that I needed. Thanks also to Eloise, whose skill and knowledge made it just so much better.
This is the kind of thing that even a numpty like me can create with the right technology.
Chain me not in Heaven
They said she was evil. They said that she’d go and burn in hell for what she done to them kids. All I can say is that when I saw her laid out on the slab in front of me, all cold and lifeless, I thought she the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. When Old Barleykins left the room, I told her so as well, told her that I would have given anything to…
As part of my extensive research for Domini Mortum, the next film I watched was an investigation into the many ghosts of Pluckley by the ambitiously and unfortunately named Lord of Quim.
Called ‘The Legends of Pluckley Village’, it starts well enough, with lots of the Pluckley ghosts and stories mentioned (including The Devils Bush, which appears in Domini Mortum). However after 4 minutes…
A couple of weeks ago I promised that when the number of supporters reached 100 I would pull a name out of the hat at random and that supporter would be included as a character in the novel. (The proviso being that this person may actually be horrifically murdered as part of the plot).
Well at the present time Domini Mortum's supporters number 106 and so, as promised I picked one of the first 100…
One of my favourite sections of Domini Mortum occurs quite near the beginning and takes place in the village of Pluckley, Kent. This village, for those that have never heard of it, is supposedly the most haunted village in Britain.
The central character of Domini Mortum, Samuel Weaver, visits this village as part of his investigations into the killer Sibelius Darke. On his first evening in the…
Some numbers for you to digest.
38% - Domini Mortum is currently at 38%, which is an amazing figure and one that will continue to grow over the next week or two as the Christmas season finishes off and people return to work and normal life (Normal life which includes pestered by me on a regular basis).
89 - This is the number of people who have currently pledged thier support.
11 - This is…
You place the coffee in front of me and offer a cigarette. I refuse the cig but accept the coffee, taking a small sip. It has milk in it and no sugar, this would normally make me gag, but I have not eaten or drunk anything since this morning and I am thirsty. I have been sat for over an hour in this room waiting for you to come and speak to me, thinking about the day about what brought me here…
A funny thing happened today
As I set forth without delay
I met a man without a head
He had one once but now he’s dead
He strolled quite headless down the street
With swaying arms and stumbling feet
The people screamed, the people cried
‘Why hasn’t this poor bugger died?’
He staggered on, neck spraying blood
Until he landed with a thud
As the seasonal madness takes its grip on the nation, I wish to take a few short moments to talk about this supposedly ‘jolly’ time, where not walking around with a fixed grin is a punishable offence, binge drinking is encouraged by society and emotional blackmail of one form or another becomes an almost hourly occurrence.
Now don’t take me for a complete Grinch. I am an amiable sort really, when…
Lots of shed posts planned, but I though it appropriate to post this little poem which I wrote a couple of years ago.
Please don't be scared it's only poetry.
The people in my shed
I’ve got some people in my shed
I visit them each day
They’re always pleased to see me
I’ve made sure that they will stay
I’ve got some people in my shed
They jump and wave and…
A large early part of Domini Mortum is set in the village of Pluckley, Kent. According to The Guinness Book of Records, Pluckley is the most haunted village in Britain. This claim to fame is no longer given by Guinness as, I suppose there is no way of proving this to be true, no more than ghosts can be proven to exist.
Before writing this portion of the novel, I researched Pluckley to within…
"What point was there of sitting idly and dreaming of the moon when, through work, purposeful action and instances of hard earned luck, the moon could be yours to own."
This is a line that appears in my novel Domini Mortum. It is spoken by Samuel Weaver, the so-called ‘hero’ of the piece, as he recalls his journey from ambitious childhood dreamer to infamous artist and writer for The Illustrated…
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