The Chamber of Curiosities


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​On the mysterious night of a full blue moon, beautiful aerialist, Claire Dupree, breaks into the cage of charismatic giant, Darné Veskka, featured as the 'The Human Beast' in the carnival freak show. Her obsession is to shave his beard so that she can see his face. The young man, who has never felt a woman’s touch, threatens her life. But, the troubled beauty seduces him into allowing her to strip him with a blade. Their transgression ignites fierce passion and his dramatic transformation inflames townspeople’s superstitions, setting the stage for revolution in the ancient land of Tressaria where they are held captive.

The Chamber of Curiosities is filled with characters, both provocative and profane, who hinder and aid the couple on their journey for redemption. It is a passionate tale - erotic, dangerous, and filled with infidelity, jealousy, obsession, powerful alpha males and females, love triangles, bondage, and betrayal. Characters are both godlike in their physical perfection and obscene – scarred, tattooed and depraved.

Set in Mr. Beedro’s carnival overlooking the port of an ancient land, the suspense filled Romantic Fantasy brings to life a world where women must empower themselves and the men they love, and risk their lives to challenge a government where coin is king, and citizens are held in servitude to the patriarchal elite.

Gothic undertones blend the romanticism of Beauty and the Beast and The Game of Thrones’ harsh realism, to explore how the only hope of redemption lies in the unknown.

The Chamber of Curiosities was born of a pledge to the First Amendment Project. A fundraiser gave readers opportunity to have their name used to create a character in a new novel. The winner bidder came to life at a pivotal time in Darne’s struggle for freedom.

A portion of all proceeds from sales of the book will go to The First Amendment Project, to help ensure our rights to freedom of speech and the press.

Author Anastasia Blackwell was listed in Edinburgh Critical Guides, Gothic Literature, Second Addition, by Andrew Smith 2016, as a prominent author of early twenty-first century gothic fiction. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her creative endeavors

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