Detective Alcott B. Grimsley, specialist of spiritual matters, has just received a new case – in the form of a respectable-looking two-days dead zombie by the name of Mr. Brown, who wants Grimsley to find his murderer. As Grimsley travels deeper into the jaws of the forests of Western Brookham, his confidence is challenged, and he soon discovers the real killer (and victim) is not who he originally thought…
A young man arrives in a new town, and he is welcomed.
ii. An Unlikely Acquaintance
After the disaster that is the Mr Brown case, Grimsley shops around the Night Market for some muscle. He meets a true friend.
iii. Before the Invention of Repellent
Convoy the annoying monster decides to drop in for a visit!
dream seq 1
A young man attempts to escape a past regret.
iv. Daisies and Roses
Tonight is the last burial of St. Victor’s Cemetery, and with it comes a new client: an old Irish man haunted by memories of Ireland, and the banshee who he believes can deliver him home. Grimsley attempts to find the banshee, with no luck, but he encounters a new friend on her way to Paris, who seems to be more than what she claims to be.
A young lady with a missing head seeks Grimsley’s assistance, but it won’t be easy – not with Convoy around, who is hungry for both the detective’s attention and a nice meaty dinner.
vi. The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya
A historical romance set in 17th century Istanbul and 18th century England, about a Turkish carpet merchant husband and wife, Zeynel and Ayse, and how their deep love for each other pulls them through the tragedy of Zeynel’s death and return as a vampire.
- VOL 1 (chapters 1 and 2)
A young man trying to find his place in the world and a young woman with big dreams are brought together by chance. They face life together – growing up, and discovering true love in each other. 25 years later, Zeynel, in the middle of a business trip, is murdered by a djinni. He returns home, irrevocably changed, to Ayse, and though they know it must happen, neither of them want to say the final goodbye.
- VOL 2 (chapters 3 and 4)
Decades since his life in Istanbul ended, the carpet merchant has travelled across Arabia and Spain, collecting stories. He soon ends up in a quiet town in Southeast England, where he makes a home out of the facade of Turquerie. But his past soon catches up to him, begging, in the shape of his murderer, for his forgiveness.
- VOL 3 (spin-off prose; not compulsory)
Slice-of-life of Zeynel and Ayse’s 26 years together, and their family and friends.
vii. In Sleepy Hollow
A dullahan’s head is stolen by some fairies, and Grimsley must trade something of equal value to get it back. Meanwhile, Bronx, Zeynel, Catherine and Ilias discover fun and interesting ways to make a replacement head.
viii. The End Near the Beginning
Grimsley and Zeynel’s backstory. World-building (of Night and the role of The Ministry).
Benedetta Grimsley was the last surviving member of The Tradition – an ancient order directly involved in the creation of Night as a place. In order to exit limbo, she must narrate to her psychopomp, the Barghest a tale of belonging, filial love (both natural and foster), and growing up.
Chapter 2 – Have You Seen My Sister Christina?
Three witches conjoined by blood are now missing one of their sisters. As the search for the missing witch progresses Grimsley uncovers the truth of the toxic influence that binds them.
Chapter 3 – The Greatest Show On Earth
A famous carnival troupe has arrived in Brookham, and Grimsley has got himself a ticket.
Chapter 4 – Noctum Decennial
Brookham is celebrating its traditional Festival of the Night (Noctum Decennial), a day every 10 years when the Night and Day can linger together without fear. However a deadly aura looms above the festivities, imperceptible to no one but Catherine.
Chapter 5 – The Spirits Will Come and Catch You
The barrier that separates Night and the Other Realm has been disturbed, and it is up to Grimsley and his former apprentice to combine knowledge and methods to find out why.
Chapter 6 – Between The Lines of A Dream
A mysterious figure seeks Grimsley’s help in the land of dreams.
Chapter 7 – Nightingales Fly Into Cages One Day
A long time ago, there was a young man and the sea…
*to be updated as I go along