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Haunted by Amelia Dyer’s ghost…

young Amelia Dyer

Young Amelia Dyer

… well, at least that’s what it feels like!  In the past 10 months I’ve learnt a lot of new tricks and techniques about illustrating in 3D.  These have given me a few thoughts about my Amelia Dyer illustrations. Looking at them now, just over a year after completing them, they look a bit amateurish and flat.

So I now have this little nagging voice in my head saying I should redo them all, and start working on the 2nd edition of my horror story. The Amelia Dyer story is my most successful picture book in terms of sales so I feel obliged to improve on the illustrations in the book.   

I’m currently working on my third children’s book so this must be prioritised.  Once I’ve completed that, rather than start on a new original story, I will go back to my Amelia Dyer’s illustrations. Although it feels like the work is never ending, I’m pretty much looking forward to revising and improving the illustrations.

It feels like I can’t escape the ghost of Amelia Dyer.  It’s forever drawing me back; it’s the Amelia Dyer curse!

Amelia Dyer's ghost

Amelia Dyer’s ghost

 

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Amelia Dyer, a Victorian Tale of Horror (part 2/5)

Please note: Amelia Dyer is part of my Horror Vault stories and is NOT suitable for younger readers. The story contains no strong language but has occasionally some gory moments.

Proceed with caution… part 2/5

And then one day in 1848, Amelia Dyer sealed her mother's fate. Locked in the basement, she let out a scream As the rats surrounded her, their eyes agleam.

And then one day in 1848,
Amelia Dyer sealed her mother’s fate.
Locked in the basement, she let out a scream
As the rats surrounded her, their eyes agleam.

In a minute or two, the beasts were upon her And Amelia’s mother knew she was a goner. She made a tasty meal for those starving rats, So much better than rotting kitchen scraps.

In a minute or two, the beasts were upon her
And Amelia’s mother knew she was a goner.
She made a tasty meal for those starving rats,
So much better than rotting kitchen scraps.

Soon, Amelia's brothers suffered their demise. Filling the room with their blood and their cries, She put them through a mincer and served them on a plate. Amelia's thirst for murder was impossible to sate.

Soon, Amelia’s brothers suffered their demise.
Filling the room with their blood and their cries,
She put them through a mincer and served them on a plate.
Amelia’s thirst for murder was impossible to sate.

Forced to earn a living, Amelia had a plan. She turned to baby farming. The horror soon began. Knock, knock, knock! "There's someone at the door!" Just outside, she found a baby on the floor.  To be continued….. Read Part 1  Click here to read more about Amelia  http://www.gustavoolivo.co.uk/amelia-dyer-a-victorian-tale-of-horror.html

Forced to earn a living, Amelia had a plan.
She turned to baby farming. The horror soon began.
Knock, knock, knock! “There’s someone at the door!”
Just outside, she found a baby on the floor.

Read Part 3 here

Read Part 1 here

Click here to read more about Amelia

Amelia Dyer, a Victorian Tale of Horror (part 1/5)

Please note: Amelia Dyer is part of my Horror Vault stories and is NOT suitable for younger readers. If this had been a film I would give it a 12A rating. The story contains no strong language but has occasionally some gory moments.

Proceed with caution…

Born in Bristol in 1837, She looked like an angel, sent down from heaven.  But Amelia Dyer, that cherubic child,  Grew up to be wicked, deviant, and wild!

Born in Bristol in 1837,
She looked like an angel, sent down from heaven.
But Amelia Dyer, that cherubic child,
Grew up to be wicked, deviant, and wild!

At five years old, she tortured little kittens, Hung them upside-down, and stuffed them in her mittens. Tormenting helpless creatures became her addiction –   Her story’s so grim you might think that it's fiction.

At five years old, she tortured little kittens,
Hung them upside-down, and stuffed them in her mittens.
Tormenting helpless creatures became her addiction –
Her story’s so grim you might think that it’s fiction.

Her three older brothers, William, Thomas, and James, Feared their little sister and her sadistic games. For no one was safe when Amelia was near. To hurt other people filled her with cheer.

Her three older brothers, William, Thomas, and James,
Feared their little sister and her sadistic games.
For no one was safe when Amelia was near.
To hurt other people filled her with cheer.

Amelia’s mother lived in constant panic, Fully convinced that the girl was satanic.  At home, she took care to avoid her daughter, Sure that she’d be the first one slaughtered.

Amelia’s mother lived in constant panic,
Fully convinced that the girl was satanic.
At home, she took care to avoid her daughter,
Sure that she’d be the first one slaughtered.

Read Part 2 here

Click here to read more about Amelia

 

It’s heeeeere!

My horror story picture book has finally arrived! You can buy the print copy directly from my website or you can get the Kindle eBook version from amazon. Ooooor you can read it here, on this blog, for free, shortly!

Book Cover

Book Cover

Based on a true story...

Based on a true story…

Amelia Dyer, a Victorian Tale of Horror – book trailer

Here’s the book trailer for my Amelia Dyer picture book.

Note: the book is part of my horror vault stories and is unsuitable for young people.

Book Trailer – snapshot

They say Book trailers are a brilliant way to bring books to life… and it’s true, but boy are they time consuming to create or what! Here’s a snapshot of the trailer I’m currently working on. Hopefully it will be ready by the time my book  gets published, which should be in a couple of weeks from today if everything goes according to plan!

Amelia Dyer book trailer snapshot

Amelia Dyer book trailer snapshot

Final Book Covers

So this is what the finalised front and back cover of the Amelia Dyer picture book looks like. I wasn’t sure whether a typographic book cover would work on a picture book, but I’m pretty happy with the design so I have decided that, yes, it does work and I’m keeping it 🙂

Below are the final copies.

Amelia Dyer front cover

Amelia Dyer front cover

amelia dyer a victorian tale of horror backcover

Amelia Dyer back cover

The End Is Nigh!

In the last three weeks or so, I’ve been busy working on the trailer of the Amelia picture-book. And a couple of days ago I received the finalised text from my editor so I’m now busy deciding on the book layout for the printed version of the book as well as finalising a few illustrations. I’m almost ready to send the whole thing off to the printers. Yay! I can’t wait to show you the little film that I’ve done for the book and share my Victorian Horror tale with you guys!

amelia dyer book mock up

Book mock up

designing the font for my book

designing the font for my book

Victorian Portraits – meet the characters part II

Amelia Dyer through the ages; infant girl, teenager and young woman.

Amelia Dyer infant girl

Amelia Dyer teenager

Amelia Dyer young woman

Amelia Dyer’s mother

Amelia Dyer's mother

Amelia Dyer’s brothers

Amelia Dyer's brothers

 

 

A new Gothic website for my new Gothic picture book!

amelia dyer web banner

In the last couple of days, I’ve been designing a website for my picture book “Amelia Dyer” and it’s coming along quite well. The intention is to put up the story online for anyone to read, but also make it available as a physical book and ebook for those who would like to purchase a copy. You can check out the website here http://ameliadyer.weebly.com/

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