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.
Deadlines are funny things. We don't like them, but they are necessary. Without a deadline there is no motivation to get things done. Examples: I'm trying to work on a novel, but since I don't have a due date for it to be finished, I put it off and don't work on it; I haven't worked on it in a while. When Rebecca starts working on the latest chapter of Anathema, I start writing the next chapter and I'm usually done by the end of the month, depending on when I start. Speaking of, I better get started on chapter 28 soon.