I was dead. I should not have been walking through Fortune Street Park and across Golden Lane. Drawn to Taylor Wimpey’s luxury apartment block Clarendon Court AKA The Denizen by the siren song of Plague Pit Annie. I should have been in the underworld preparing for my next incarnation, not being lured to an investment flat I’d bought but never seen. I was dead and I had no use for any of my worldly possessions. But the siren song of Plague Pit Annie drew me through the entrance of Clarendon Court and up the stairs to my apartment. I’d never collected the keys to this flat and I didn’t need them now. The concierge didn’t see my long finger nails and longer hair as I passed right through him. The concierge didn’t see me at all. Plague Pit Annie knew I was close by and drew me in with her song. She greeted me, informed me I was to take her place in my apartment, and then she disappeared into the medieval plague pit beneath the building. Now for all of eternity I am damned to reside in an investment apartment I’d bought off-plan sight unseen.
END OF STORY BUT…..
The book of this blog is called Denizen of the Dead: The Horrors of Clarendon Court and it features: Paul Ewen, Tariq Goddard, Iphgenia Baal, Chris Petit, Steve Finbow, John King, Chloe Aridjis, Tom McCarthy, Liz Rever, Katrina Palmer, Michael Hampton, Bridget Penney, Stewart Home and many more.
Denizen of the Dead: The Horrors of Clarendon Court edited by Stewart Home was published as a paperback by Cripplegate Books on 29 October 2020. £9.95 in the UK.
Some of the stories in the anthology were previously featured on this blog but have now been removed. Other stories make their debut in the book. What wasn’t included in this collection but was posted on this blog remains here.