Here is a list of all the epigraph references in the Strike books.


A Dirge’ by Christina Rossetti (book epigraph)

Telephus by Lucius Accius (Prologue)

De Consolatione Philosophiae by Boethius (Part 1)

Aeneid, Book 1, by Virgil (Part 2 and 3)

Historia Naturalis by Pliny the Elder (Part 4)

Georgics, Book 2, by Virgil (Part 5)

Odes, Book 2, by Horace (Epilogue)


The Noble Spanish Soldier by Thomas Dekker (Book epigraph, Chapters 1, 3, 19, 32, 44, and 49)

The Little French Lawyer by Francis Beaumont and Philip Massinger (Chapters 2 and 10)

The Double-Dealer by William Congreve (Chapters 4, 27, and 37)

The White Devil by John Webster (Chapters 5, 13, 23, 38, 45, and 47)

Love for Love by William Congreve (Chapters 6, 24, 30, 34, and 36)

Every Man in His Humour by Ben Jonson (Chapters 7, 14, 18, 28, and 42)

Endymion: or, the Man in the Moon by John Lyly (Chapters 8 and 50)

The Way of the World by William Congreve (Chapters 9 and 15)

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster (Chapter 11 and 26; also mentioned in the main text in Chapter 32)

Epicoene, or The Silent Woman by Ben Jonson (Chapters 12, 22 and 25)

The Honest Whore by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton (Chapters 16, 33, and 39)

The Bloody Brother by John Fletcher (Chapter 17)

The False One by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (Chapters 20 and 40)

The Mourning Bride by William Congreve (Chapter 21)

The Spanish Tragedie by Thomas Kyd (Chapter 29)

The Revenge of Bussy d’Ambois by George Chapman (Chapter 31)

The Old Bachelor by William Congreve (Chapter 35)

Orlando Furioso by Robert Greene (Chapter 41)

Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare (Chapter 43)

Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe (Chapter 46)

The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton (Chapter 48)


All epigraphs for Career of Evil are lyrics by the rock band Blue Öyster Cult.

Career of Evil by Blue Öyster Cult (Book title and book epigraph)

This Ain’t The Summer of Love by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 1, 11 and 37)

Madness to the Method by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 2, 25 and 49)

The Marshall Plan by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 3)

Astronomy by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 4)

The Revenge of Vera Gemini by Blue Oyster Cult (Chapter 5)

Flaming Telepaths by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 6)

Good To Feel Hungry by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 7)

Lonely Teardrops by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 8)

One Step Ahead of the Devil by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 9)

Shadow of California by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 10)

OD’d On Life Itself by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 12)

In the Presence of Another World by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 13 and 27)

Showtime by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 14)

Power Underneath Despair by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 15)

Before the Kiss by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 16, 59, 61, and 62)

That Girl That Love Made Blind by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 17)

Lips in the Hills by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 18 and 30)

Workshop of the Telescopes by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 19)

Debbie Denise by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 20 and 28)

Live for Me by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 21)

I Just Like To Be Bad by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 22 and 29)

Make Rock Not War by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 23)

Hammer Back by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 24)

Death Valley Nights by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 26)

Tenderloin by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 31)

After Dark by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 32)

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 33 and 55)

The Vigil by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 34)

Dominance and Submission by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 35)

Black Blade by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 36)

Dance on Stilts by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 38)

Out of the Darkness by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 39 and 41)

Searchin’ For Celine by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 40)

Burnin’ For You by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 42)

Still Burnin’ by Blue Oyster Cult (Chapter 43)

Then Came The Last Days of May by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 44)

Harvester of Eyes by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 45)

Subhuman by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 46)

Harvest Moon by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 47)

Here Comes That Feeling by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 48)

Celestial the Queen by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 50)

Don’t Turn Your Back by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 51)

X-Ray Eyes by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 52)

Veteran of the Psychic Wars by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 53)

Spy in the House of the Night by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 54)

Vengeance (The Pact) by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapters 56 and 60)

Sole Survivor by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 57)

Deadline by Blue Öyster Cult (Chapter 58)


All epigraphs in Lethal White are from the play Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen.


All epigraphs in Troubled Blood are from The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser.


All epigraphs, bar Gray’s Anatomy, are by female Victorian poets.

Doubt by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Book epigraph)

Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray (Prologue, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and CODA.

A Moment by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Chapter 1)

To My Own Heart by Maria Jane Jewsbury (Chapter 2)

A Rhyme for the Time by Emily Pfeiffer (Chapter 3)

January by Helen Jackson (Chapter 4)

The Power of Words by Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Chapter 5)

Properzia Rossi by Felicia Hemans (Chapter 6)

Run To Death by Amy Levy (Chapter 7)

Jessie Cameron by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 8)

The Sleep of Sigismund1 by Jean Ingelow (Chapter 9)

The Festal Hour by Felicia Hemans (Chapter 10)

LV by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 11)

Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Chapters 12, 33, 39, 42, 45, 47, 67, 71, 72, 82, 96, 101, 102, and 104)

A Mother to her Waking Infant by Joanna Baillie (Chapter 13)

Despair by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 14)

Pauline by Felicia Hemans (Chapter 15)

The Call by Charlotte Mew (Chapter 16)

On The Road To The Sea by Charlotte Mew (Chapter 17)

The Contents of an Ink Bottle by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Chapter 18)

The Wood by Charlotte Brontë (Chapter 19)

The Shield by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Chapter 20)

An Address to the Night–A Joyful Mind by Joanna Baillie (Chapter 21)

Behold, I Stand At the Door and Knock by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 22)

Magdalene by Amy Levy (Chapter 23)

The Lowest Room by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 24)

Look At This Picture and On This by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 25)

Bertha In The Lane by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Chapter 26)

At One Again by Jean Ingelow (Chapter 27)

Outcry by Anne Evans (Chapter 28)

The Sleep of Sigismund by Jean Ingelow (Chapter 29) In the novel, the epigraph is titled At One Again, but this is a mistake.

Myself by Adah Isaacs Menken (Chapter 30)

The Rat by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 31)

Philosophy by Amy Levy (Chapter 32)

Death Sets A Thing by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 34)

The Dead City by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 35)

Psyche by Mary Tighe (Chapter 36)

Gladys and Her Island by Jean Ingelow (Chapter 37). In the book it says A Story of Doom by Jean Ingelow, but this is a mistake.

The Queen of Hearts by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 38)

The Fête by Charlotte Mew (Chapters 40 and 92)

Natural Selection by Constance Naden (Chapter 41)

To ______ by Mary Tighe (Chapter 43)

Medea in Athens by Augusta Webster (Chapters 44 and 52)

The Pessimist’s Vision by Constance Naden (Chapter 46)

Mother and Daughter by Augusta Webster (Chapter 48)

The Other Side of a Mirror by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Chapters 49 and 91)

What Sappho Would Have Said Had Her Leap Cured Instead of Killing Her by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 50)

L.E.L by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 52)

XIX: A Snake by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 53)

A Castle Builder’s World by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 54)

Ne Me Tangito by Charlotte Mew (Chapter 55)

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti (Chapters 56 and 98)

Judith by Adah Isaacs Menken (Chapter 57)

A Curse for a Nation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Chapter 58)

XVI by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 59)

A Faithful Friend Is the Medicine of Life by Mary Tighe (Chapter 60)

To Hope by Mathilde Blind (Chapter 61)

She Sat Alone Beside Her Hearth by Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Chapter 62)

Cathedral Hymn by Felicia Hemans (Chapter 63). The book says Arabella Stuart by Felicia Hemans, but this is a mistake.

Brothers, and a Sermon by Jean Ingelow (Chapter 64)

XLI: The Forgotten Grave by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 65)

In Nunhead Cemetery by Charlotte Mew (Chapter 66)

The Troubadour, Canto 2 by Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Chapter 68)

She Sat Alone Beside Her Hearth by Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Chapter 69)

XCVIII by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 70)

The Last Performance by May Kendall (Chapter 73)

The Wood by Charlotte Brontë (Chapter 74)

The Witch’s Last Ride by Emily Pfeiffer (Chapter 75)

115 by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 76). The book says it’s XXXIV by Emily Dickinson, but this is a mistake.

Failures by May Kendall (Chapter 77)

Ψάπφoι, τί τ? ν πoλύoλβoν’ Aφρóδιταν by Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper (Chapter 78)

An Insincere Wish Addressed to a Beggar by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Chapters 79 and 81)

Oh, Is It Love? by Amy Levy (Chapter 80)

Cottage Courtship by Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Chapter 83)

Zara by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 84)

The Old House by Amy Levy (Chapter 85)

Later Life: A Double Sonnet of Sonnets by Christina Rossetti (Chapters 86, 90, and 107)

Dropped Dead by Helen Hunt Jackson (Chapter 87)

Sonnet by Mary Tighe (Chapter 88)

Danger by Helen Murphy Hunt (Chapter 89)

The Witch by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Chapter 93)

Mortal Combat by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Chapter 94)

Madeleine in Church by Charlotte Mew (Chapter 95)

The Message by Mathilde Blind (Chapter 96)

Aspiration by Emily Dickinson (Chapter 99)

The Wife of Asdrubal by Felicia Hemans (Chapter 100)

Amen by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 103)

Sooner or Later: Yet at Last by Christina Rossetti (Chapter 105)

Affection by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (Chapter 106)