In this special edition I will be discussing “With Dust Their Glittering Towers” by Christopher Paul Carey. It is a short story that has been recently published in “The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno” by Talekyn Press. The anthology is edited by Anthony Cardno and all stories feature a tuckerized version of him. All sales proceeds of “The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno” go directly to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
While Christopher Paul Carey’s name is no stranger to pulp fans, we are shown a different style in “With Dust Their Glittering Towers”. This is the first story in what Chris refers to as The Fly-Leaves cycle. It is a piece of historical fantasy set in Highgate, London during the Victorian Era.
The story focuses on Alicia Leath, a young woman who is a member of the Bacon Society of London. The Society is dedicated to studying and investigating the life and works of noted English philosopher, scientist, politician and author Francis Bacon who lived from 1561-1626. It is believed by some that Bacon wrote some or nearly all of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. As a matter of fact the story’s title is a nod to a verse from Shakespeare’s “The Rape of Lucrece”. Bacon was the first scientist to be knighted and later became a Baron and a Viscount. Bacon died of pneumonia in Highgate at the Earl of Arundel’s house on April 9, 1625. Ironically this may have been due to him experimenting with snow, using it to preserve the flesh of a slaughtered hen. But did he really die? In “With Dust Their Glittering Towers”, the lead character, Alicia, actually travels to Arundel House to investigate the historical site.
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