The Unpleasantness on Praslin by Benjamin Chambers
Approx. 14,950 words.
Published on March 24, 2012.
In 1882, Colonel Charles "Chinese" Gordon, governor of Mauritius and the Seychelles, investigates the island of Praslin, dominated by Luc Hérault, a mysterious, tax-dodging Frenchman rumored to have occult powers. Gordon, a religious man, finds himself a guest of Hérault, who shares a suppressed Biblical text with him. But soon Gordon is offered up as a sacrifice to a massive sea serpent …