“Lord John and the Hellfire Club” is one of three novellas in the book LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. The other two novellas are “Lord John and the Succubus,” and “Lord John and the Haunted Soldier.” In these three tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying “night-hag” on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty’s ranks.
In “Hellfire,” Lord John is investigating the death of a red-haired man in 19th century London when the suspense begins to build as he becomes mixed up in the affairs of Sir Francis Dashwood and his notorious Hellfire Club. Suddenly, Lord John’s own life may be in danger!
“Succubus” and “Hellfire Club” were originally published in anthologies, while “Haunted Soldier” was written expressly for LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. I wrote “Hellfire Club” when asked to contribute to a British mystery anthology honoring the late, great Ellis Peters, titled PAST POISONS, published in 1999.
“Lord John and the Hellfire Club” also appeared as a special collector’s edition in paperback.