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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Black Spectre

THE BLACK SPECTRE

Creator: Roger Alford
Characters
Brent Gregor
Bernard Worthington
Victoria Rose
Frank Matson
Abigail Wentworth
Mayor E. Leland Tackman
John Nibley
Big Jack Terrisimo
Three-finger Ned Vogel
Harry LaSalle
Harvey O’Donnell
Vito “Spats” Gennaro
Dennis Morris
Madame Ouspenskaya


The Black Spectre was dressed all in black, with a large, flowing cloak, a wide-brimmed hat, and a long scarlet headscarf beneath it. Covering his face was a facemask – a gleaming white skull. Pulling the black glove from his right hand revealed a fire-opal ring that glowed brightly.
The Brent Mansion is forever known as The Murder Mansion after Brent’s father, the District Attorney is murdered, and young Brent is shot and left confined to a wheelchair. His old butler, Bernard Worthington remains by his side throughout all the hardships.
         Abigail Wentworth is a beautiful young swan with long, flowing brunette locks that framed her lightly freckled face and cascaded down her shoulders. Her natural radiance and unadorned out-shown everyone else around her beauty. Her voice was soft and melodic. She was raised near Brent as a child and later became his fiancĂ© after college. She wanted to fly and travel the world, but Brent was stuck to land and the wheelchair.
Harry LaSalle is the Chief of Police, and a no-nonsense man with a thick head of white hair and thick-rimmed glasses.
         Victoria Rose, called “Red”, is a reporter fore the Daily Crusader. She’s stuck in the City Hall beat but wants to be on the Crime beat, and sticks her neck out to find front-page crime for her paper
         Frank Matson is the City Editor for the Daily Crusader, and Red’s immediate boss.
         Mayor E. Leland Tackman is the current Mayor, and in the pocket of the mob. He has a heart attack while dallying with a young girl in his room. Red sneaks in a removes the girl while getting the sordid story.
         With the death of Mayor Tackman, John Nibley moves into the Mayor’s position and tries to clean up the police department, but is soon murdered by the mob and another man put in his place.
         Big Jack Terrisimo is the Mob Boss in the city, and controls City Hall as well as the police department. It was his orders that had killed Brent’s father.
         Three-finger Ned Vogel murdered Brent’s father in 1921. He was captured, declared insane, and put in the local asylum. However, the asylum was run by the mob, and Vogel has the run of the place. It’s as good as a hideaway for whenever he is needed by the mob again.
         Vito “Spats” Gennaro is a soldato and works for Big Jack Terrisimo.
         Dennis Morris works in the newspaper morgue and is sweet on Vicky. He is tall and gangly.
         Harvey O’Donnell agreed to confess to a mob murder for money given to his wife and children. But when he went to trial the judge sentenced him to the death chair. Now he can’t back out, but Vicky knows he isn’t guilty and wants to prove his innocents, if she can just get Brent’s help.
         Madame Ouspenskaya is a Gypsy woman with a magic ring for Brent if he will agree to help bring justice to those that need it. For there have been many to wear the cloak and ring of The Black Spectre.
         There have been five stories so far. One paperbacks and four eBooks.
“Ghost In The Asylum” (Black Hood Press) August 2015
“No Victory Without Scars” (Black Hood Press) Nov 2017
“Vengeance Waits At The Door” (Black Hood Press) Dec 2017
“Death Is A Silent Intruder (Black Hood Press) July 2016
“Invitation To Death” (Black Hood Press) April 2010






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