Renowned Shakespearean scholar Dr. Marshall Emerson whose specialty was the bard’s The Tempest could never be spotted walking the grounds of McMaster University without the precious 1861 folio edition of Shakespeare’s works clutched in his hands.
Decades after his death, when McMaster University library and bookstore staff begin producing replica versions of the text on a newly acquired Espresso Book Machine, Emerson, who was also known as Professor Prospero, returns, intent to put a stop to this “desecration” of his precious text.
This short story of approximately 6000 words originally appeared in the book CAMPUS CHILLS (2009) and was written by McMaster Graduate Kimberly Foottit and Mark Leslie, whose alter ego ran the Espresso Book Machine at the McMaster bookstore from 2008 until 2011.
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About the Author
Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller living in southern Ontario. Mark's writing falls most closely into the "Twilight Zone" camp of fiction - he calls himself a horror writer but his tales include horror, elements of science fiction and fantasy. Mark's first published horror story "Phantom Mitch" appeared in Wicked Mystic magazine in October of 1993 and received honourable mention in The Year's Best Fantasty & Horror #7 (Datlow & Windling). Mark's books included One Hand Screaming (a collection of short fiction), the horror novel I, Death and the thrillers Evasion and A Canadian Werewolf in New York. He has also edited North of Infinity II, Campus Chills, Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound, Fiction River: Editor's Choice and Fiction River: Feel the Fear. Mark's non-fiction explorations of the paranormal include Haunted Hamilton, Spooky Sudbury (co-authored), Tomes of Terror, Creepy Capital, Haunted Hospitals (co-authored) and Macabre Montreal (co-authored)