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by E.J. Stevens
Sacred Oaks Press
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 25 Jun 2019
E J Stevens’ novella, Craven Street whets the appetite, encouraging the reader to look deeper into the historical horror/mystery series of which it is part. The story itself isn’t very detailed. It’s designed to tease the reader, introducing characters and story elements much like a movie trailer. Essentially unconventional, gifted women at the turn of the century fight demons in Whitechapel, as well as the ire and sabotage of their male counterparts. They uncover a conspiracy, a vast effort to release evil into the world. But are they winning the battle at the cost of the war when a demon helps them defeat their opponent? I will definitely give the series a try.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Craven Street from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street.
The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven Street point to something more diabolical than an illegal anatomy school. The tool marks on the bones, arcane sigils of great power, indicate more than mere butchery, more than enlightened experimentation. The signs, omens, and portents support the crown's greatest fears. A great evil is being unleashed upon the gaslit streets of London, a blood-drenched shadow reaching skeletal fingers beyond the slums of Whitechapel.
We must stamp out this demonic plague for the sake of our Queen, our Country, and our immortal souls. - Cora Drummond, Whitechapel Paranormal Society
Collecting human souls is a thankless job, nearly as tedious as acting as solicitor to the fae. But when the demon Forneus enters an opium den searching for men eager to trade their souls for the ill-smelling weed, he stumbles on a plot so devious, so heinous, he's jealous that he hadn't thought of it himself.
There's nothing like a maniacal plot to unleash Hell on earth to break the boredom of immortality. - Forneus, Grand Marquis of Hell