Crime Baron's Table
When you come to dinner with the 'Crime Baron', instead of bringing a course to share, you need to come with a good crime story to ensure that you get home again. Bore the Baron and you are likely to be the subject of a bestseller.
The Crime Baron likes to surround himself with the best of crime writer's, so it is likely that Hitchcock, Christie, Grafton, Walters, Cornwell and the like have all sat around his fire place to share a tale or two.
The Masque of the Red Death
"The "Red Death" had long devastated the country.
No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal --the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour."