Robert Masello: “The Jekyll Revelation” (c) 2016
A riveting tale: Historical fiction and present day thriller based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s horror fiction “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.
Masello’s thriller story is set in two time periods, the 19th century and the contemporary times. The macabre elements that underlie and connect both periods are revealed by Masello in alternate chapters. This creates a sustained tension-filled connection throughout the entire story.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s life, literary works, and times are the basis of the historical fiction.
Masello’s imaginative and richly detailed fiction draws particularly on the circumstances in Stevenson’s life that led to the creation of the horror story “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “
Masello heightens the suspense in his story by including the real-life murders by Jack the Ripper. The first of these murders occurred on the opening night of the stage adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. For a time, Stevenson, and the actor who played the role of the fictional characters Jekyll/Hyde, were under suspicion for committing the murders.
In the present day, Rafe Salazar is an environmental officer for the Land Management Office in Topanga Canyon, California. In an abandoned 19th century trunk, Rafe finds a private journal by Robert Louis Stevenson in which Stevenson describes the fateful events that led to the creation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and to the discovery of the identity of Jack the Ripper.
However, Rafe overlooks another relic in the trunk, a flask containing the dregs of wolf blood with potent transformative powers. A potion that is connected to the story of Jekyll and Hyde and Jack the Ripper. Someone else opens the flask, a strong whiff of brandy masks the real contents of the flask. And a terrifying sequence of events unfolds.