1855 by Jacob Steven Mohr (Emerge #3)
An orphan boy arrives at the NYC Foundling Institution in 1855, and a shadow follows. Institute Director Timothy Ford must discover whether Luca's nightly guardian is a figment of the boy's imagination... or a literal specter of vengeance.
I’ll never look at a pile of clothes the same way again. The was a creepy AF short. Loved it!
Authentic In Feeling and Execution
This is the third of the releases in D&T Publishing's emerging authors series in partnership with Godless. There hasn't been a lackluster piece of writing in the bunch. 1855 is no exception. Victorian-era photography is rife with eerie elements that were commonly in practice. Jacob Steven Mohr, in a flash of brilliance, decided to place "hidden mother photography" at the core of his story, 1855. When the quiet, strange Italian boy winds up in the orphanage, the language barrier makes it all but impossible to determine what's happened to his family and how he found himself in the care of the sisters and director Timothy Ford. The arrival of a priest who can translate the child's story leads the characters down a path punctuated with sinister disappearances and evidence that a mother's love and protection of her child never fades. It's the story of a father whose grief wouldn't allow him to bear the sight of his deceased wife, and the consequences that follow. While this is a horror story, it's also a heartbreaking glimpse of a child lost in the world and unable to recall his own mother's face. This is a period tale of tragedy and sadness as much as anything else, and it's brought to life with expert quality with Mohr's writing.
Survey says…CREEPY! Mohr pulls you in immediately to this haunting tale about Luca and the Hidden Mother. Strange things start to happen when Mamma Noscosta appears. Mohr did a wonderful job with Timothy. You could feel the concern and fear in his letter. Lots of thrilling things packed in this short!
This creeped me right out. I loved the format, written as a letter. I could see this as a movie playing in my head. Fantastic!
Freaking amazing little story
Absolutely loved this story. It gripped me from the first line and left me wanting more when the last word was read. Mohr took something as simple as a hidden mother photograph and turned it into something dark and haunting. This story will leave you spell bound and will make you wish it was longer. Highly recommend.