The Black Bird (Novella)
(Written in British English)
An opium addled poet, with a lapsing memory, begins a dark descent into madness after he encounters the persistence of a large raven, which he believes is the mythic bird that wings the souls of the deceased to the afterlife.
As the tenacious black bird torments the waking hours of Sir James Addison, his sleep at night is haunted by the victims of Jack the Ripper, who is rampaging the streets of London. To escape his nightmares and alleviate his brooding temperament, Sir James and his closest friend, Cornelius Ingram, flee to the moors of Yorkshire and to a haunted manor known as Windham house, but the raven follows and the spectre of death is waiting.