The Red Planet turns light on heroism

The Red Planet is a memoir narrated by Duncan Meredyth, a widowed Boer War veteran living in a small English country village in 1914. Duncan is cared for my his ex-sergeant who was disfigured in the same shell blast that took Duncan’s legs. The Red Planet by William J. Locke 1917 bestseller #3. Project Gutenberg […]

Sir Richard Calmady breaks the curse of disability

Lucas Malet called The History of Sir Richard Calmady a romance, but it’s a romance like none other. One of the early Calmadys fathered a bastard by his forester’s daughter, calling down a curse on the family: All the male heirs would die young until a fatherless, shoeless, only child breaks the spell. In 1843, […]