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Title: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
Author: KJ Charles
Genre: Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
A story too secret, too terrifying—and too shockingly intimate—for Victorian eyes.
A note to the Editor
I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.
You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.
So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.
I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.
London, 1894. After a couple of encounters, supernatural and sexual, journalist Robert Caldwell can’t get his mind off taciturn ghost-hunter Simon Feximal. He’s hoping to meet again…
I had written to Simon suggesting dinner, phrased in terms that also suggested other evening entertainments—one develops a knack for writing in a way that no policeman could point to as criminal—and he had accepted. I named Wyatts as the venue, since one can get a capital chop there, it was half way between our respective rooms, and most significantly, it was very close to Holywell Street and its environs, where gentlemen can take a room for two hours with no awkward questions.
I had, therefore, come to this evening with some anticipation. But the clock ticked on and Simon did not arrive.
I waited. I ordered a dish for myself, and ate it, since I could not afford to leave a meal unconsumed. I took more wine than was good for me, and at last I abandoned my solitary dinner and left the chop house in a fury of disappointment, curiosity, anger. He could, surely, have sent a note, were he occupied with work. Had his interest lapsed in the intervening weeks? Or perhaps he had been unavoidably detained, even injured?
I stewed over these thoughts as I walked, aware of my own absurdity but unable to shrug off his defection. I walked home through Old Compton Street, where a telegraph boy can be had for a shilling, and the thought crossed my mind to look for consolation there, but I could not find the enthusiasm. The fact was, Simon Feximal had come to occupy my thoughts to a degree that was not entirely welcome.
Of course one dreams of forming a deep connexion, but for most of us, a dream is all it can be. Even were Simon to return my interest—and on the strength of this evening I had no reason to suppose he did— then what? He was a most extraordinary man living a most extraordinary life. I had my career to pursue. And the law condemned us both to a hole-and-corner existence when it came to personal affections. What on earth did I expect of him, or of myself? Why indulge in fancies that could only lead to disappointment?
About the Author
KJ Charles is a Rainbow Award-winning romance writer and freelance editor. She blogs about writing and publishing, spends too much time on Twitter, and has a Facebook group for book chat and sneak peeks. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, a Victorian occult m/m romance, is coming from Samhain on 16 June.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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