Black Damask

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17th Century or Earlier

Anna Rossi

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Dark, gripping and intriguing, Black Damask is a supernatural novel set in Tudor England.


Drama,Historical Fiction,Fantasy,Horror

Short Summary

At the age of ten, in the turbulent reign of Bloody Mary, Annabelle discovers a frightening ability. In a fit of revenge she prays to the Devil for the death of the Earl of Welton. He dies and Annabelle, terrified, vows never to pray to the Devil again. But she does.

Annabelle and her sister are forced into marriage and go their separate ways. Jarnel Rohan causes disruption in both their lives and with his friend, the mysterious and sinister Simon Andras, he involves Annabelle in a black magical plot to kill Queen Elizabeth the First.


Tudor Warwickshire, London and Worcestershire

Based on a True Story


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Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

Incest,Sexual Abuse,Extreme Violence,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Annabelle

Age: 10-40

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Sexy,Adventurous,Desperate,Educated,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Margaret (sister of Annabelle)

Age: 8-40

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Educated,Insecure,Romantic,Secretive,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Jarnel Rohan (Husband of first Margaret, then Annabelle)

Age: 12-40

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Charming,Confident,Masculine,Villainous,Sexy,Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Simon Andras (defrocked priest)

Age: timeless

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Gracious,Masculine,Villainous,Educated,Sexy,Power Hungry,Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated

Development Pitch

Set in turbulent Tudor England, when the fires of religious intolerance are sweeping across the land, Black Damask relates the story of a young woman who discovers a frightening ability to cause death by prayer. She fights against it. But the circumstances of her life and that of her sister and the influences of the men they meet result in consequences which grow ever more disastrous. These come to a head in a black magical plot to kill Queen Elizabeth the First. Full of colourful drama, this mix of historical background with fantasy and the supernatural suggests ideal material for a television serial or full-length movie.

About The Author

Anna Rossi gave up her career in journalism as a columnist and Agony Aunt in order to concentrate on her first love, writing fiction. She lives in Warwickshire, UK, with her husband and bossy cat.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Author

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available



ISBN 9781490542263