THE COLOR OF LAUDANUM IS RUBY It is a liuid that consists of 90 percent alcohol and 10 percent opium Its taste is bitter A Swiss German alchemist invented it in the 1500s when he discovered that opium dissolved effectively in alcohol than in water In the 1660s an English physician refined the formula removed impurities such as the crushed pearls and the old leaves and prescribed it as a medicine for headaches as well as stomach bowel and nervous disorders By the Victorian era laudanum was so widely used as a pain reducer that virtually every household owned a bottle Considering that opium s derivatives include morphine and heroin laudanum s reputation as a pain reducer was well founded Thomas De uincey s name can not be stated without adding the words Opium Eater He was much better known for his vices than even for his fine writing In 1822 he scandalously wrote a book called Confessions of an English Opium Eater I have not read the book but it is my understanding that he is shockingly candid about his addiction This overshadows a book he wrote in 1827 called On Murder Considered as one of the Fine Arts He wrote rather enthusiastically and raphically about the Ratcliffe Highway Murders that occurred in London in 1811 Thomas De uincey by Sir John Watson GordonThey were brutal bloody crimes committed in a shop keeper s house The murderer smashed everyone s skulls including a nine month old baby The same madman John Williams then killed several people in a pub De uincey could not help but admire his artistry Williams might have been an insane serial killer but his crimson splattered canvas was sublime De uincey paints the murders with such vividness and with such specifications in his book that the police wonder how he could possibly known that many details without committing the crimes himself My God look at how De uincey praises the murders Detective Ryan said The sublimest that ever were committed The blaze of his enius absolutely dazzled And here Constable Becker uoted in amazement The most superb of the century Neither ever was or will be surpassed Genius All other murders look pale by the deep crimson of his De uincey sounds insane New Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION ghastly murders eerily similar to the ones committed 43 years ago are turning London into a scared tinderbox of rioting mobs and the number one suspect is De uinceyRidiculousHe s sixty nine years old Daguerreotype of De uincey taken at about the age he would have been for this bookHe s frail He keeps correcting people that he is actually just thin not frail and for most of every day high can tet much higher on laudanum The immediate occasion of this practice was the lowness of wages which at that time would not allow them to indulge in ale or spirits and wages rising it may be thought that this practice would cease but as I do not readily believe that any man having once tasted the divine luxuries of opium will afterwards descend to the ross and mortal enjoyments of alcohol I take it for rantedThat those eat now who never ate before And those who always ate now eat the Thomas de uincey Confessions of an English Opium EaterA spiritual experience in which one can actually feel the soul lifting and the stress and the burden of life falling from your shoulders You are released from everything even reality After De uincey is at one point in the book brutally assaulted in Coldbath Fields Prison he has to ask the constable that saves him Was it real De uincey s daughter Emily turned out to be a very capable character One that I found myself at many points admiring her pluck As her father and herself find themselves enmeshed in the search for the killer a killer that lured her father to London for a purpose she is almost as scandalous as her father with wearing very inappropriate clothing What you wear is called a bloomer is that correctNamed after a woman who championed this mode of dress Unfortunately she s in a minority Constable Becker do you believe it s immodest for a woman to show the motion of her legs Constable Becker may think so but he certainly likes the way she walks And how much do you estimate the clothes of a Fashionable Lady Weigh A Woman With A lady weigh a woman with a dress She would wear arments than I do certainly Perhaps ten pounds No Fifteen No Twenty Surely not than twenty five Thirty seven pounds It does boggle the mind doesn t it Oh but there is What is your waist size Constable Becker By now she couldn t say anything that fazed him Thirty six Some idiot decided that the ideal waist size for a woman is eighteen inches To accomplish that a rigid corset is reuired with tightly secured stays I refuse to submit to that torture Add the strangulation at the waist to the thirty seven pounds of clothing and it isn t at all surprising that many women faint I first imagined Emily in bloomers like this I was wrong of course too contemporary and too short but they are cute Now Emily wanted freedom of movement but she was not ready as yet to show her ankles Her
*bloomers were like the young Victorian lady in this drawingOkay so Emily did perk my interest in corsets I wanted *were like the young Victorian lady in this drawingOkay so Emily did perk my interest in corsets I wanted discover who this idiot was has to be man right Only a man would inflict such punishment on women for his visual pleasure Herminie Cordolla was the inventor of the corset The corset is derived from the french word corsetry which means corps of the dead Wait a minute that isn t Herman that is Herminie The inventor of the corset is a woman She subjugated her own sex Well I won t put all the blame on Miss Herminie Cordolla Some form Of The Corset Has Been the corset has been almost as long as women have been putting clothes on Not that men are off the hook We do like seeing women s curves accentedDavid Morrell spent two years researching and writing this book He consulted with Robert Morrison a biographer of De uincey to insure that he did not drift away from the plausible with his main character He read Victorian novels as well as history books and historical documents from the period to make sure he ot what they ate what they wore and how they talked down properly He uses Victorian slang throughout I wanted to share two of my favorites Good morning dear ladies De uincey announced He tipped his shapeless cap How is the linen lifting tribe this morning Save your foolishness A shilling or no Bob in the Betty Box for you Goodness sakes I do believe those women are ladies of the evening Yes David Morrell is the same writer that wrote Rambo and First Blood but he has reinvented himself for this book Whether you liked or didn t like his early work this book breaks new Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens ground and I m sure you will be pleased with the results I thoroughly enjoyed Morrell s book about De uincey So much so that I will be exploring the Opium Eater further Plus Emily pointed out something that Thomas and I have in common It is undignified but in truth we need the money As much as Father is addicted to laudanum he is addicted to acuiring books Over the years no sooner did he cram one cottage with books than he rented another and another Okay I m not that struck by the bibliophile curse but I do own several rental propertiesjust in case My Review of The English Opium Eatera biography of Thomas De uincey by Robert MorrisonIf you would like to see a candid indepth interview with David Morrell conducted by the owner of Londra 1811 Neliro di alcuni iorni due famiglie vengono trucidate nelle loro case La popolazione è terrorizzata e chiede a ran voce alla polizia di chiudere il caso Sebbene le prove siano controverse e indiziarie viene arrestato un certo John Williams che s’impicca in prigione prima del processo Nessuno scoprirà mai se fosse davvero lui il colpevoleLondra 1854 Thomas De uincey è tornato in città È passato molto tempo da uando nei salotti dell’aristocrazia e della ricca borghesia il suo nome era sulla bocca. Ne of the Fine Arts For fifty harrowing pages he portrayed the Ratcliffe Highway killer and his victims building almost unendurable suspense That installment of the essay was published in 1854 and my novel Murder as a Fine Art proposes that someone begins using the essay as a blueprint to recreate the original murders Because of De uincey s obsession with the murders and because he was the first person to write about drug addiction in his notorious book Confessions of an English Opium Eater the police see him as the logical suspect Thus he becomes both the hunted and the hunter as he sets out to find whoever is perverting his work Lou PendergrastIs there any truths in this historical fiction story how much research did it take David MorrellMy What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers goal was to make readers believe that they are in 1854 London so the research was considerable lasting two years Going to that era is likeoing to Mars I kept finding all sorts of strange details that Victorians took for ranted but that we find weird For example how much did a middle or upper class woman s clothes weigh An astonishing 37 pounds because they wore metal hoops under their dresses and those hoops needed to be covered by ten yards of ruffled satin Lou PendergrastWriting in the language of the olde English tongue how hard was it to write with this and about an environment away from your surroundings how did you o about doing this David MorrellThe Victorian era didn t use olde English Their method of speaking as evidenced in Dickens was very much like ours except that their constructions were perhaps formal It s true that they used a lot of words that we no longer understand dollymop dipper and dustman for example which referred to a prostitute a pickpocket and the man who came to houses and collected fireplace ashes for resale to brick factories I read as many 1850s novels as I could find and I amassed several shelves of books about Victorian culture Lou PendergrastWill you delve into bygone eras again in future works David MorrellThe reaction to Murder as a Fine Art has been so enthusiastic that my publisher asked me to writer another novel about Thomas De uincey so for a while longer I m How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar going to be in 1850s London From the author who hasiven the world an iconic hero we all know as Rambo based off the action novel First Blood we have his latest Murder As a Fine Art David Morrell is an accomplished writer who has a strong following that I am happy to be a member of I haven t read any historical fiction thriller by Morrell before by I think he s done a More scary stories for sleep-overs great job at aenre I hold near and dear to my heart Murder As a Fine Art is the fictional story of Thomas De uincey who is famous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium Eater Because of his famous essays involving the Ratcliffe Highway Murders forty years prior he is a suspect in the newest murders that are done in the same fashion The essays he wrote with reat insight makes De uincey a prime suspect in London era when detective work and policing were not as we know it today In an attempt to clear his name De uincey enlists the help of his daughter Emily and a pair of intelligent detectives from Scotland YardThe tension and suspense never seems to dwindle in this book Morrell has taken an interesting piece of history along with a famous man in history and has brought them to life in a way that makes you uestion what s real and what isn t The characters are well drawn with depth that I believe readers will enjoy The struggle between De uincey and his opium addiction have readers sympathetic towards him and eager for his vindication while others will feel strongly about Emily s resilience and enabling All the main characters in this novel are deeply human and personify Victorian London during 1854Historical fiction lovers will appreciate that Morrell provides a lot of information about Victorian London the people and the attitudes of the times Although some bits of information don t seem fluid such as on the establishment of the police department in 1829 I appreciated it being there I only wish it was cohesive than it appeared in the text Besides the occasional history lecture this book is compulsively readable Fans of Morrell will find Murder As a Fine Art is a definate read and should be added to their read lists as soon as possible This novel isn t like Morrell s other spy novels action adventures or my favorite Creepers It is so much and I can t wait to catch up on the other novels by Morrell I haven t yet read An essay written about past crimes I haven t yet read An essay written about past crimes have created a copycat beast I am not oing to point fingers here but one of you wrote a really awesome review for a book that truly sucks a big fat one Your top notch review writing skills led me to believe this read was worth my time and it was most certainly not I want to be mad at you but can t because let s be honest you are amazeballs You wrote a review that became its own story and that was the book I wanted and expected to read My ass is beyond jealous right now I wish you would pass along a little bit of that talent to us lesser reviewers who are struggling to build coherent sentences from the muddled mess between our earsI originally thought this was Heads of the Colored People going to be a murder mystery I didn t realize it was an overly detailed book about a specific time in history using characters as props Good on you for doing your research but bad on you foriving up the mystery in the first half of the book The only reason I stuck it out to the finish was because I was hoping there would be a plot twist or a secondary mystery that would justify that amazing damn review Nope Instead I spent the back half of the read with over the top characters and a story that would just not uitTwo stars to a book that was lucky enough to be liked by a five star reviewer This novel set in Victorian London uses Thomas De uincey controversial author of Confessions of an English Opium Easter and On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts as the central character in this novel De uincey s essay On Murder dramatised the infamous Ratcliffe Highway killings which terrorised the country in 1811 when the inhabitants of both a shop and a tavern were murdered viciously Now it is 1854 and De uincey and his daughter Emily are staying in London at the reuest of an unknown benefactor who has arranged lodging for them However when there is an apparently motiveless murder of an entire family which mirrors "that of the Ratcliffe killings De uincey s knowledge of the crimes makes him a suspectThere is " of the Ratcliffe killings De uincey s knowledge of the crimes makes him a suspectThere is such thing as forgetting wrote De uincey and he must o back in time to discover why his work and reputation are being used against him In many ways this is an excellent novel Detective Inspector Sean Ryan and Constable Becker are reat characters as is De uincey s daughter However I do agree strongly with the previous reviewer with the obvious research that has one into this novel Americanisms like cookie and sidewalk jar horribly Also it did sometimes seem that the author was insistent on using every bit of research and side stories such as that featuring Dr John Snow and the cholera epidemic did not also fit the storyline Overall though this is an exciting read with past crimes intruding on the present conspiracy in high places and a fast moving plot. O dell’opinione pubblica ansiosa di sfogare la propria rabbia contro di lui Aiutato dalla iovane nipote e da un investigatore di Scotland Yard De uincey ha un’unica possibilità per dimostrare di essere innocente scoprire chi è il vero assassino Un assassino colto e raffinato che ha consacrato la sua vita all’arte del delitto un assassino sfuggente come la nebbia notturna che striscia lungo le strade della città un assassino che ha ià pianificato ogni mossa per colpire la sua prossima vittima Thomas De uince. ,
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He Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale Arizona click this link you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at or you can catch some of my reviews on Kudos need to o to David Morrell for the detailed research he must have done to write this book Not only regarding De uincy but 1850 s London It s about time some Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at few weeks ago a friend came over for dinner and seeing me sprawled out on our couch book in hand astutely asked what I was reading A slow smile crept across my lips as I considered my response I had to be careful I was hanging on every word of the deliciously dark historic thriller in love with every lurid detail but how best to explain my enthusiasm for a book on sadistic serial killer left me in a bit of fix The I ve been a fan of David Morrell since the first time I read him which was Double Image Murder as a Fine Art did not disappoint The research into 1854 London and before specifically the Radcliffe Highway Murders was excellent What wasn t true to form the author noted in his Afterword The fictional story of real life author Thomas Deuincey and his daughter Emily weaved into this novel was uite ood So not only was I entertained by the story and on the edge of my seat for most of it since it is a murder mystery but I learned a reat deal of an author I never knew of and Kick your feet up and travel back to foggy murky mysterious London of 1854 and try to solve the ruesome crimes that mimick the true Radcliffe Highway murders that haunted London in 1811 You may find yourself oogling as you read along I could not put this amazing book down I read it over a few hours still reading it at 3am unable to put it away Full review to come A dark ruby red liuid that seeps into the mind and into the soulLaudanumAlthough the constraints of Victorian society discouraged anyone from confessing to what was considered a failing of fortitudeThomas De uincey author of Confessions of an English Opium Eater made no secret of his dependency on what was contained in that little blue bottle to subdue the pains of the head and the face But no one would be able to subdue the panic and out of control fear that escalates after a shopkeeper and his family are found murdered one night in LondonAlthough it is 1854 the murders reflect the exactness of those committed forty three years earlier Has the deviousness crept back once again into their lives Whose demented mind would commit such heinous acts And what plan of action would bring peace to those dark winding streets in the underbelly of Victorian LondonDavid Morrell surrounds you deeply in this atmospheric novel of the screeching sounds the fetid wafting smells and the dimly 1854 London Lord Palmerston in charge under the cover of fog with a The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology gas light as aid to see in the streets and the Hansom Cab as means of transport a macabre scene of death unfolds David Morrell has created a story in a bygone time a historical mystery that has truths meet together facts in fiction This is Edgar Allen Poe visits Dickens London kind of mysteryCholera was not the only insidious nature to visit the people but a wave of murders struck without reason A past crime the Ratcliffe Highway killings may or may not have a connection could a serial killer be emerging from the fogThe English Opium Eater in London De uincy Opium and the alcoholic solution Laudanum made from Opium plays an important roll in the lives of the cast of characters including De uincy who was a real character from history he wrote extensively on this topic and Murder as a fine art in particular So when you are done reading this you may chase up on De uincy and read about this era about the Opium trade the poor of London and the Ratcliffe Highway killings There was areat sense of place time and intrigue in this storyTruth in fiction handled so well with a Gothic mystery feel that has you captivated and kept reading from the first page The color of Laudanum ruby It is a liuid that consists of 90 percent alcohol and 10 percent opium Its taste is bitter A Swiss German alchemist invented it in the 1500s when he discovered that opium dissolved effectively in alcohol than in water His version included crushed pearls and Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome gold leaves In the 1660s an English physician refined the formula removed impurities such as the crushed pearls and theold leaves and prescribed it as a medicine for headaches as well as stomach bowel and nervous disorders By the Victorian era laudanum was so widely used as a pain reducer that virtually every household owned a bottle Considering that opium s derivatives include morphine and heroin laudanum s reputation as a pain reducer was well founded Toothache out diarrhoea tuberculosis and cancer were only some of the ailments that laudanum manufacturers such as Batley s Sedative Solution Mc Munn s Elixir and Mother Bailey s uieting Syrup claimed to alleviate Women used "laudanum to relieve menstrual cramps Colicky babies were iven it In an interview I had with David " to relieve menstrual cramps Colicky babies were First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery given it In an interview I had with David I asked about this novel and we talked about writing Gatsby and First Blood read full interview PendergrastWelcome and congratulations on your new novel out now Murder as a Fine Art What was the inspiration behind this new novel when was seed planted for this how long did it take to complete writing it David Morrell The idea for Murder as a Fine Art came to me in 2009 when I watched a movie Creation about Charles Darwin s nervous breakdown His favorite daughter had died His wife a devote Christian felt that he was damning his soul by writing On the Origin of Species Grief anduilt made him physically ill but the medical world of the time wasn t capable of seeing the connection Near the end of the film a character comes to Darwin and says Charles people such as De uincey are saying that we can be influenced by thoughts and emotions that we don t know we have That sure sounded like Freud but the film is set in 1855 and Freud published in the 1890s I wondered if the reference was to Thomas De uincey an author I studied in a long ago literature course about the 1800s So I started reading De uincey and he did indeed anticipate Freud by a half century He invented the word subconscious He wrote several essays about the interpretation of dreams again anticipating Freud He inspired Edgar Allan Poe who in turn inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes I fell into what I call a Victorian rabbit hole and decided to write a mystery thriller about De uincey placing him at the start of the detective tradition Lou PendergrastTell me why do you choose to use the character De uincey in your story me why do you choose to use the character De uincey in your story MorrellIn addition to being an innovator in theories about psychology De uincey was also an expert in murder He was obsessed by a double set of mass murders that occurred in London s east end in 1811 There were probably mass murders before then but the lack of widespread communication meant that no one was aware of them In 1811 though the mail coach system meant that London
s 52 newspapers could be carried throughout England in two days The result was a national52 newspapers could be carried throughout England in two days The result was a national terror De uincey invented the true crime enre in what s called his Postscript to a sensational essay On Murder Considered as Di tutti a causa dello scandaloso pamphlet L’assassinio come una delle belle arti in cui lo scrittore aveva avuto l’ardire di lodare la perizia omicida di John Williams Eppure proprio uel libro provocatorio che all’epoca lo aveva reso una celebrità rischia adesso di costargli molto caro Perché ualcuno ha sterminato un’intera famiglia replicando fin nei minimi dettagli li omicidi di uarantatré anni prima È inevitabile che De uincey diventi subito il principale indiziato non solo della polizia ma soprattutt.