Thursday, 8 September 2011

A map of Aberystwyth

John very kindly lent me a book called Crook Frightfulness.

It's not easy to describe. The author is "A Victim"; the book is hardback and rather rare; it was published in 1936 and cost 7/6.

The author/narrator has a torrid time. He is surrounded by Crooks who torment him telepathically and with widespread use of ventriloquism. He finds it hard to persuade the police of what is going on and produces the book as a warning - at the bottom of the front cover he opens this campaign:

It culminates with the narrator's experiences in Aberystwyth: ventriloqual criminals pursue him through the streets (and churches, and library).

The places explicitly mentioned are (in order) listed here.

Trefor Road, Pen Dinas, Station, Queen's Road, North Road, Tennis Courts, Shelter, Bath Street, Clock Tower, Castle, Terrace Road/North Parade, Terrace Road/Marine Parade, Pier Street/Marine Parade, Harbour, South Marine Terrace, St Michael's Church, Bandstand, Library, Bath Street

More usefully, a map exists. It would be quite quick to tour these places, in the proper order.

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