1810 England, the height of the Napoleonic wars. It was thought that humans walked the path of enlightenment leaving monsters and dark things behind. However, those monsters and night stalkers merely hide in the darkness, as a young maid, Bernadette, soon finds out.
I've been reading many tv tropes pages recently. Makes me want to read the webcomic Order of the Stick. It would take a while reading from the beginning though. Perhaps I should create a tropes page for Anathema? But I'm not even sure which tropes I have unwittingly invoked.