In the heart of Rome lies a city within a city: the Vatican. It is shrouded in mystery and secrecy, and few are privy to its inner workings.
But what goes on behind the walls of this ancient institution? And what secrets does it hold?
These are a few of the questions that my upcoming short thriller story, “The Unholy Script,” seeks to explore.
Set deep within the Vatican, the story promises to be a gripping and suspenseful ride that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Come along with Smithsonian Archaeologist Dr. Emma Jones as she is recruited by a secret government agency to go to Rome to authenticate and reclaim a powerful manuscript known as “Codex Sanguinis Immortalis” or “The Codex of Immortal Blood” that is rumored to be in the possession of a criminal organization.
But what is it about Rome and the Vatican that makes them such interesting settings for a thriller story?
For starters, the history and architecture of these places are steeped in mystery and intrigue.
From the ancient ruins of the Colosseum to the ornate splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, the city is filled with countless hidden corners and secret passageways that lend themselves perfectly to the genre.
The Vatican itself is a fascinating institution that has been the subject of conspiracy theories and legends over the years.
From the Illuminati to the Knights Templar, countless myths and legends surround this ancient order, and it’s easy to see why writers like me are drawn to its shadowy depths.
Of course, there is also the rich cultural heritage of Rome itself to consider.
As the former seat of one of the world’s most powerful empires, the city is filled with history and art that lend themselves perfectly to a thriller story.
From the grandeur of the Sistine Chapel to the haunting beauty of the Catacombs, Rome is a city that is both beautiful and ominous in equal measure.
Whether you’re a fan of thrillers and mysteries, or simply a lover of all things Rome, this is one story that you won’t want to miss.
The Unholy Script will be released in the Summer of 2023 with the ThrillHers Anthology from the Women’s Thriller Writer’s Association.