by Peter Fratesi
Dr. John Polidori, an Italian born physician, moves to London in 1814. His life is thrown into turmoil after meeting the notorious poet, Lord Byron. He discovers that there are reports of mysterious disappearances around Byronís old country estate.
Polidori takes over a story theme of Byronís and begins writing his own story, The Vampyre. Traveling to Serbia to research his future book, he experiences terrible nightmares resembling those heíd had in his troubled childhood. When he returns to London, he is treated for the nightmares by his friend and psychiatrist, Alex Falding. However, the outcome is far from certain.
A brutal, perplexing murder happens in East London, and Scotland Yard encounters a strange symbol at the murder scene. Is this hideous murder connected to Polidoriís interest in vampirism? Do Londoners need to brace themselves for a serial killer?
This dramatic blend of Gothic horror, dark humor, and deep psychology sweeps you along to the storyís shocking conclusion. There, you discover the true meaning of The Symbol.
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Peter Fratesi grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada. He obtained his BA degree in psychology from Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario. After he earned his graduate psychology degree from Goddard College, Vermont, USA, he and his family moved to Alberta, Canada.
Peter pursued a long, varied career as a psychologist in mental health and rehabilitation settings, in private practice and as a psychology instructor at the college level. Retiring in 2014, he decided to explore the depths of the human mind through writing fiction. He seeks to create psychologically complex characters and unique plots to evoke in his readers strong feelings and insights. Peterís awareness of the ironies and struggles of life is also deeply ingrained in his writing. His interest in history often flows through his stories, reflecting his belief that through history we discover our humanness.
Peter began writing poetry as a young adult, and this has blossomed into his debut novel and several short stories with fantasy themes. He has published over twenty non-fiction newspaper articles on a wide range of mental health issues and therapies. He has written several micro horrors and a number of reviews of novels, which can be found on his website. He is also in the process of completing a murder mystery novel, which may extend into a series. He is a member of the Writersí Guild of Alberta.
He believes in bringing creative imagination to other areas of his life. He is a long-time musician and has composed music of diverse genres, which has been professionally recorded. He also enjoys pastel drawing and watercolor painting, mostly of natural scenes and portraits.
He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife, son and Golden Retriever, Harry.
Visit the author website at:http://www.peterfratesi.com