Pestered by constant phone messages from a girlfriend who disappeared ten years ago, pushed around by a petty boss, short on friends and money, it’s no wonder Mack looks forward to his Friday night chess games with the local priest. But when he’s asked to demolish a wall beneath the chapel and a local girl goes missing, Mack finds he’s playing a game far more treacherous than chess. He quickly realises he has no idea who, or what, he’s up against.
Checkmate is a darkly Gothic, supernatural horror story of guilt, revenge and history repeating itself.
Rowan Bowman won first and second prize for two short stories in Dark Tales, which will be published shortly.
She is currently researching a PhD entitled On Barley Hill, Spectral Geography and the Supernatural Gothic Horror Story at Northumbria University. She is writing another supernatural horror story as part of this research and has written a large collection of short stories in this genre. Rowan's interest is in landscape and its potential for containing the uncanny. Her website is rowanbowman.net.
198 x 129 mm
July 1, 2015