'In a time when the fear of being wrongfully buried alive was wholly justified, a tsar commissioned a coffin that would ensure that if he were to wake six feet under, he would be able to communicate his life to the living above. A tube was placed from the chest to the surface so that at the first breath, a small glass ball attached to a chord would vibrate, pulling on a bell that would toll across the cemetery in confirmation of his beating heart. Abraham Loza is my bell.'

Illustrated by Jemma Foster