Sacraments of Evil
Product Code: 2345
Publishing Year: 1993
Cover Price: $18.95
Cover painting: John T. Snyder
Interior illustrations: John T. Snyder
Maps: Tom Kalichack
Project leader and editorial: Kevin A. Ross
Layout: Sam Shirley
Proofreading: Anne G. Merritt
Cover design: Charlie Krank
Articles: 1890s investigators, a Guide
Additional: Introduction, 1890s character sheet
Front Cover Text
Six adventures of Victorian horror
Back Cover Text
Cracks in the Façade
Nineteenth century England, the green and pleasant land at the height of its glory. One of the most powerful and advanced nations of the world, the British Lion dictates law, defends peace, and makes war when necessary. "The sun never sets on the British Empire," or so the slogan goes.
But there are cracks in the façade, events which undermine Victorian society and stability. The social protests of Dicken's novels. The ecclisiastical [sic] firestorm over Darwin's Origin of Species. The Sepoy Muntiny of India. the massacre of General "Chinese" Gordon and his forces at Khartoum. The building decadent movement in the arts, as exemplified by the drawings of Aubrey Beardsley and the prose of Oscar Wilde. The blood, brutal work of Jack the Ripper.
These are but hints of the forces stirring; dark forces which now crawl forth from those cracks; hungry forces which threaten sanity, humanity, and Empire.
Comments / Trivia
For the overlooked masters of Victorian terror, Arthur Machen and William Hope Hodgson; and for Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, for delightfully corrupting my youth. -Kevin A. Ross
(The book's title comes from Arthur Machen's "The Red Hand" (possibly by way of the epigram at the start of Lovecraft's "The Horror at Red Hook") which reads in full "There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.")
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