The Living and the Dead
™ and ©2005 Todd Livingston, Robert Tinnell, Micah Farritor
Dr. Hans Schmidt just wants to put some distance between himself and the gruesome secrets of his past. Fans of horror literature know this never works out well. When Schmidt’s cousin comes looking for him and makes the doctor an offer he can’t refuse, the situation goes from bad to worse for the regretful Schmidt and his doting family.
Set in rural, mid-18th century Europe, this story of sadism, syphilis, and reanimating the dead turns on the usual anxieties of gothic horror—subversion of the family unit, the moral ambiguity of science, and sexual shame. Micah Farritor’s dark colors and shadowy interiors infuse Todd Livingston’s story with bleakness and doom.
— Leland Burrill
From the Publisher:
On the surface, your life is perfect. Your work as a country doctor in a small village. Your parents admire and respect you. Your beautiful wide and young son adore you. Only they don’t know—no one knows—that, in your past, you did a very bad thing. People died because of it, and you were forced to flee your home and create a new life for yourself. The guilt lingered, however. Until now. Now fate has delivered you the opportunity to redeem yourself. You take the opportunity. Unfortunately, in the doing you unwittingly unleash a brutal and perverse murderer—a sociopath hellbent on using innocent people in a Grand Guignol of real flash and blood—a veritable nineteenth-century “snuff” theater. You alone can end his reign of terror—but at the risk of revealing your secret past and losing everything you love…
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| ||Todd Livingston, Robert Tinnell||Micah Farritor