It was inevitable that Sir Thomas would take us to the storied city of Missolonghi in Greece — for the ruins.
–Amy Sterling Casil - Mad Bad Richard Dadd
Story in The Shadow Conspiracy II collection, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford & Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Usually when reading a collection of short stories I read all the way to the end of the collection & then review the entire book. But that strikes me as not quite fair, especially when the book contains stories from different authors. And with the ebook option I can now read a short story here and there, previously I had to bring the book around so it was more natural to read them all one after and another. We’ll see if this review of each story continues.
Mad Bad Richard Dadd has been commissioned by Sir Thomas to paint a record of their journey through Europe. But travelling from Greece he is visited one night by a strange figure calling himself Osiris. But that is just a name this figure has taken, he is insistent that he is no supernatural character.
Dadd is a real-life character, a famous Victorian painter, and infamously a murderer. This is a possible telling of how he became this murderer.
I won’t go into more detail, after all, this is a short story, there is no point in giving away the whole malarky before even starting. Instead I’ll do the review part instead of further recapping :) And I quite enjoyed this story. I liked Casil’s idea of the “Osiris” character, and was intrigued by whether or not I believed Dadd. He is ever so slightly unreliable as narrators go.
I’m not familiar with this author, but after reading this one, I wouldn’t be averse to reading more by her. Then again, I wouldn’t be rushing straight out the door to buy one either. So entertaining and readable, but nothing earth-shattering.