“If dear Old Albert finds you, / Still your tongue, be still your tongue.” ? School Rhyme
The place is Larkhill House, and during its century and a half of existence it has hosted an array of peculiar tenants: the reclusive though brilliant ornithologist Ellis Grimwood; a murderous wine merchant and his young wife; and the Sacred Order of the Mysteries of Thoth, who re-christened Larkhill the ?New Temple of Abtiti? and practised there their outlandish and mystical rites. After vacating Larkhill, these individuals?all of them?left something of themselves behind . . . Set in the same haunted neighbourhood as the stories in the award-winning collection The Bleeding Horse, Old Albert continues with the idea that not all is well in the leafy Victorian suburb of Rathmines, Dublin.