The Speckled Monster is both a hair-raising tale of courage in the face of the deadliest disease that has ever struck mankind, and a gripping account of the birth of modern immunology. Jennifer Lee Carrell's dramatic story follows two parents who, after barely surviving the agony of smallpox themselves, flouted 18th century European medical tradition by borrowing folk knowledge from African slaves and Eastern women in frantic bids to protect their children. Their heroic struggles gave rise to immunology.
"Wish it was another 19 hours long!"
On the eve of the Globe's production of Hamlet, Shakespeare scholar and theater director Kate Stanley's eccentric mentor Rosalind Howard gives her a mysterious box, claiming to have made a groundbreaking discovery. But before she can reveal it to Kate, the Globe burns to the ground and Roz is found dead...murdered precisely in the manner of Hamlet's father. Inside the box Kate finds the first piece in a Shakespearean puzzle, setting her on a deadly, high-stakes treasure hunt.
Having chased down her mother's killer (and recovering one of Shakespeare's lost plays in the process), Kate's fame as a director with an expertise in "occult Shakespeare" catapults her-and Ben Pearl, her partner in crime- solving-into a new production of Macbeth, showcasing a fabled collection of objects relating both to the play and the historical Scottish king.
"A Great Narrator Makes All the Difference"
Kate Stanley, kendt for sin indgående viden om Shakespeares okkulte værker, bliver hyret til at opsætte en ny produktion af Macbeth. I denne indgår forskellige sagnomspundne objekter, der både har forbindelse til skuespillet og til den skotske konge, det er opkaldt efter. Men der hviler en forbandelse over bardens uhyggeligste skuespil. MacBeth er så notorisk skæbnesvangert, at mange skuespillere nægter at citere det eller bare sige navnet højt. Da prøverne starter i Skotland, varer det ikke længe, før de første tegn på forbandelsen begynder at vise sig.