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.
Wow... Lot of comments last page. Good to know that people have developed an emotional attachment to the characters. Sad that I have to kill one to find out though... Bernadette is human, by the way. Totally mortal and given the medical technology and availability of the time, soon to be quite dead.