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the burning

The madness of the 17th Century witch burning frenzy has come to the village of Reperndorf.


Adolphus Holtz, Inquisitor to the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg, is keen to root out evil wherever he deems it to be. His eye has fallen on young Frieda and he fancies she’ll scream so prettily for him when the time comes.


Frieda has already witnessed one burning and knows from the way her friends and neighbours are looking at her that she will be next. She seems doomed to burn on the pyre until a mysterious cloaked stranger appears out of the depths of the forest…


The first novella of In the Company of Shadows expands the dark historical world of In the Absence of Light and the shadowy relationships between humans and vampires.

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