The Darkwood Mysteries


These are the chronicles of the investigations of Emily Darkwood—my employer, teacher, and friend. A young woman of society who refused to be dictated by it, lived a life of her own making, determined to become a physician and surgeon in a man's domain. Through the disappearance of her parents, she inherited the wealth and estates of her family. Amidst this was a stone of amber belonging to her mother—a gemstone with the curious power to draw its owner and darkness together. Through the stone, Darkwood courageously shone her light into the mysteries that surrounded her, searching for answers to the fate of her parents—and became a fighter of the wicked and the monstrous she discovered lurking within the shadows...


Jack Hobbs, her ever faithful servant and your narrator, humbly presents...


The Luminous Marks


The foot long mark traversed scabby brickwork and the remains of bill posters at the side of a house. It glowed a lurid green—the colour of cats eyes when they capture the light from a lantern. Yet, curiously, the crudely daubed lines did not reflect light; the marking glowed from within its very substance! It was strange and eerie, yes, although I could not understand how young Mistress Darkwood could be so enthralled by it and the other marks we had found about the city. To me and many others that had followed the stories of such occurrences through the word on the street or in the press, they were simply the unusual calling cards of a burglar.

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