James Cessford


James Cessford was head curator and librarian at the members only "Chapelkill Taxidermy Museum" on the edge of the North York Moors. The collection boasted some of Western Europe's finest examples of rogue taxidermy including jackalopes, griffins and mermaids; as well as a selection of the most exquisite anthropomorphic tableaus the Edwardian secret societies ever rendered.

Ongoing inquiries into the localized outbreak of a degenerative tropical lupus traced back to one of the museum's privately procured chimeras, have unfortunately forced the institute's director, Alfred Catch Esq, to temporarily seal shut the doors. It is hoped that access to the collection will be restored again some time in the spring.

Between sourcing and cataloguing acquisitions, James has recently completed his first collection of stories, The Monkey Puzzle, from which The Carousel is taken.

If you would like to know more about The Monkey Puzzle or the work of the museum, please contact James at chapelkilltaxidermymuseum@hotmail.co.uk.

Where to find James Cessford online


The Other Door
By James Cessford
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Category: Fiction
The Other Door is the latest short story from James Cessford, the critically acclaimed creator of The Carousel and Mr Smith’s Dream. It is a Kafkaesque look behind the curtain at the dark machinery that plunges men in to madness and holds them there at its will.
The Underpass (a ghost story)
By James Cessford
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
Beget from the same black shadows as MR James’ unsettling fiction and Nigel Kneale’s macabre teleplays, The Underpass is a short story best told amongst friends, dark corners carefully checked for unwelcome guests.
The Mendicant
By James Cessford
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Category: Fiction
Exposing the hidden seams between Borges and Roald Dahl, The Mendicant is a short story of a life lost and a beauty too terrible to endure.
The Carousel (a Christmas ghost story)
By James Cessford
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,010. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011. Category: Fiction
Crouching in the unlit space between the supernatural tales of MR James and the uncanny fiction of Algernon Blackwood, The Carousel is a short Christmas ghost story best told by the fire with the curtains drawn and the door bolted.

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