Alice James has jumped a cross-country train to escape from an unknown pursuer. Fighting off searing pain and feverish hallucinations, her Pullman porter insists she come to The Paragon Hotel to hide while she recuperates. This seems like a reasonable enough arrangement. But this is the 1920s, and Alice is white and The Paragon is only for blacks.
One night, a suspicious wife leaves her home in Florida to trace her husband’s footsteps across Havana, Cuba. The only problem is, Richard is dead.
Divided into historical eras, he introduces each piece with contextual information — leading ideas of the time, societal understandings, and philosophies. Then the writings are left to stand on their own.
In Blood & Ivy, Collins uncovers a hasty murder in Harvard’s medical school, a gaslit story for the resurrectionists in a Robert Louis Stevenson book.
In the Norse gods’ kingdom of Asgard, Thor accidentally throws a thunderbolt at his henhouse. He zaps an egg who eventually hatches into a different sort of chicken. Young Brunhilde and the Thundercluck are called to save Asgard from Gorman Bones, an evil chef.