Set in an era of experiments, investigations and discoveries, a young protagonist, together with his employing Professor, apply scientific methods to bring about a change in the perception of Paranormology, the study of unexplainable phenomena.
As the Professor's assistant, it was my duty to perform whatever tasks he laid out for me, and so it was until he took me on my first investigation at a run-down house in South Entrance. The house at Grosvenor Lane showed me a view of the world beyond that exists with or without my blessing. My investigations also revealed that Paranormology is anything but straightforward.
The path of science is convoluted, as I discovered during the first Winter of my tenure with the Professor. There are people, upon whom we must rely, that would prefer to see our research into the paranormal abandoned. The investigation at the Beaumaris House revealed to me a secret; the biggest threat to our scientific endeavours did not lie in old, creaky houses but in old, creaky minds.
Necessity forces us all to make uncomfortable choices. The Professor, operating in such a fringe discipline as Paranormology, bore a greater burden than most. Every decision held the potential to bring his work into disrepute. Our investigation at Hampton Court taught me that, for ghost hunting, a proper grasp of politics is just as necessary as the ability to read a thermometer.
The supposition that darkness is merely the absence of light is both popular and false, as those who practise the occult can affirm.
In the dark cellar of number thirteen Jolimont Street, a house we had assumed benign, I unwittingly brought forth an ancient evil that threatened not only our reputations, but our souls.
This is the fourth book in the Paranormology Series.