On this day in 1817 Jane Austen died, at the age of forty-one.
She had been increasingly ill over the previous year and a half, probably from a hormonal disorder like Addison's Disease.
Austen's devoted older sister, Cassandra, inherited all the author's papers, from which she expurgated some but not all of Jane's enduring wit and one-liners:
"Many thanks for your kind care for my health; I certainly have not been well for many weeks, and about a week ago I was very poorly.
I have had a good deal of fever at times, and indifferent nights; but I am considerably better now and am recovering my looks a little, which have been bad enough - black and white, and every wrong colour.
I must not depend upon being ever very blooming again. Sickness is a dangerous indulgence at my time of life."
- Letter to Fanny Knight (1817-03-23) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition]
I thought it would be interesting to counter-play theVictorian sensibilities with the character of a young woman trapped into the life of a ghoul.
Would her Jane Austen fire and wit be able to contend with the deadly world of supernatural predators unleashed by Hurricane Katrina?
The answer is given through the eyes of Alice in the audiobook, END OF DAYS, soon to be released.
Watch for it. And give it a listen. You will be astounded by the proper Jane Austen tone Francene Lockett gives Alice in even the most horrific of situations.
There's even a chance to win a Stephen King autograph on his book, ROSE MADDER.