A close friend and collaborator with Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins cornered the Victorian market in literary sensationalism. A pioneer of detective fiction, he produced such novels as The Woman in White which were huge hits with the reading public. Bohemian in his attitudes and unorthodox in his sexual habits, Collins was a flamboyant member of the Victorian Establishment, renowned as much for his personal life as for his extremely popular writing.
WHO KILLED ZEBEDEE?
Undisputed master of ‘sensation fiction’ Wilkie Collins was also a remarkable chronicler of the dark underside to Victorian London. Chilling in the extreme, these short stories of murder and suspense are perfect examples of his craft. Settling himself in front of the station fire, a young policeman is little prepared for the account of bloody murder that will be relayed that night. For it seems that Mrs Crosscapel’s lodging-house is a place of dark secrets and buried passions – emotions that will soon cloud even his own judgement. As with the other short stories included, ‘Who Killed Zebedee?’ is a brilliant and highly original tale of horror and the macabre.
Author: WILKIE COLLINS