The Mystery Guild Presents: The Locke Diaries is an illustrated, immersive narrative I created for my Final Year Project, towards the fulfilment of my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Art, Design & Media. Inspired by the Greek myth of Castor and Pollux and the aesthetics of the Victorian era, The Locke Diaries tells the story of Paul Edmund Locke, a troubled physician whose origins hide a startling secret.
August 29, 1863
an extract from the diaries of Paul Edmund Locke
I cannot still the trembling in my hands. This morning I was awoken by a great cry from the docks and the wretched scream of a man. Charon shook me from my stupor – I dressed hastily, and stumbled into the clinic to find the sailors of Mnemos bearing one of their own bleeding profusely from a ragged stump. Even now Charon scours the blood from our doorstep. I bound what remained of his leg, and gave him laudanum to ease the pain. A single misstep has cost him his career on the sea, and he lies in the Wayside Inn. I will go to see him before sunset. As a student I was known for my unflinching ability to staunch the most vulgar wound, and now something in me quails at the sight of blood. Well do I remember the dark, sluggish drip of the Minotaur’s blood upon my floor as I sutured the beastly head to the rigid corpse. Perhaps it was then that my horror of viscera took hold? I am humiliated to admit that Charon had to escort me to my rooms and run a bath for me to wash the morning’s labours from my body. My shirt was inevitably spattered in the blood of the poor sailor. The tang of iron pervades the air. Mnemos stirs uneasily, and the revelry of a carnival carries on the breeze. I do not know if I can endure till the winter.
The Locke Diaries is accompanied by a deck of twenty fortune-telling cards, The Hand of Fate, that the reader can use to interpret the more esoteric parts of the text. Each card in the deck features a figure from Greek mythology, with card interpretations derived from their corresponding myths.