The Death Bell (Short Story)

Joyce, Laura Ellen (2014) The Death Bell (Short Story). In: The New Gothic. Stone Skin Press, London, pp. 45-53. ISBN 978-1-908983-05-3

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Abstract

In 'The Death Bell', the Thames is the setting for an ancient form of child sacrifice. This piece was informed by research into a true case, that of ‘Adam’ the child whose torso was discovered in the Thames in 2001. ‘Adam’ was transmuted into the character of Bea, a toddler murdered by her terminally ill aunt, Grainne, who has a hereditary condition that results in extreme insomnia and mental instability. The story is intertwined with a subplot that relates a Tinder date between a young woman and a city banker. The City is made strange, and capitalism is invoked as a dangerous infection, indistinct from the violence of Grainne towards Bea.

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Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 01:03
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2020 00:07
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60407
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