Volume I

Chapter 1 – When A Devil Solves A Murder

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 overconfidence is challenged, and he soon discovers the real killer (and victim) is not who he originally thought…

chaplettes:

i. Baggage
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!

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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 – who also happens to be a banshee – on her way to Paris, and she seems to be more than what she claims to be.

v. Pestilence
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
Zeynel’s backstory.
Set in 17th century Istanbul and 18th century England, this is the story of a Turkish vampire – an ordinary man surrounded by the extraordinary – and how he overcomes difficulty through strength of faith and love for his friends and family. Having lived a fulfilling life as a mortal, his death (and unwanted resurrection as a djinni) sets the plot in motion – he learns to let go, reconcile his identity with his curse, and understand himself as the living memory of the people who have loved him, eventually leading up to a confrontation with his vampire sire, and finding his place in Brookham Night.

VOL 1 (chapters 1 and 2) | VOL 2 (chapters 3 and 4) | VOL 3 (spin-off prose; not compulsory)

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.

special: TWiDI’s 7th Anniversary Comics (2017)
Features poetic-prose done as comics, tailored for every member of the main cast. I experiment with the infinite canvas, integrating music, animation and decorative illustration; playing around with the possibility of merging spoken word with comics.

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 get out of limbo, she must narrate to her psychopomp, the Barghest a tale of belonging, filial love (both natural and foster), and growing up.

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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