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by Brian J. Showers
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
A Note to the Reader by Jim Rockhill
Afterword by Adam Golaski

The Swan River Press, September 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-4-6 (hardback)
Length: xiii + 71 pages
Edition of 300

Read the prequel: The Bleeding Horse

"If dear Old Albert finds you, / Still your tongue, be still your tongue." — School Rhyme

The place is Larkhill House, and during its century and a half of existence it has hosted an array of peculiar tenants: the reclusive though brilliant ornithologist Ellis Grimwood; a murderous wine merchant and his young wife; and the Sacred Order of the Mysteries of Thoth, who re-christened Larkhill the “New Temple of Abtiti” and practised there their outlandish and mystical rites. After vacating Larkhill, these individuals—all of them—left something of themselves behind . . . Set in the same haunted neighbourhood as the stories in the award-winning collection The Bleeding Horse, Old Albert continues with the idea that not all is well in the leafy Victorian suburb of Rathmines, Dublin.

A Note to the Reader by Jim Rockhill
I. Prologue
II. Ellis Grimwood of Larkhill
III. This Terrible, This Unnatural Crime
IV. An Exaltation of Skylarks
V. Thin and Brittle Bones
VI. Come Like Shadows, So Depart
An Afterword by Adam Golaski

Brian J. Showers is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He has written short stories, articles, and reviews for magazines such as Rue Morgue, Ghosts & Scholars, and Supernatural Tales. His short story collection, The Bleeding Horse, won the Children of the Night Award. He is also the author of Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin, Old Albert — An Epilogue, and the co-editor of Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu, and the editor of The Green Book. Showers also edited the first two volumes of Uncertainties, and co-edited with Jim Rockhill, the Ghost Story Award-winning anthology Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J. S. Le Fanu. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

This is a reprint of a book originally published by Ex Occidente Press in May 2011.

Titles by Brian J. Showers
Old Albert — An Epilogue (2012)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu — A Concise Bibliography with Gary W. Crawford (2011)
The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories (2008)
Ghostly Rathmines: A Visitor's Guide (2008)
Quis Separabit (2007)
No. 70 Merrion Square (2006)
Tigh an Bhreithimh (2005)
The Snow Came Softly Down (2004)
The Old Tailor and the Gaunt Man (2003)

Titles edited by Brian J. Showers
Uncertainties: Volume V (2021)
Bending to Earth: Strange Stories by Irish Women (2019)
Uncertainties: Volume I (2016)
Uncertainties: Volume II (2016)
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu (2014)
The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature (2013-Present)

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