By certain arts, the village of Combe Beckett and the manor of Corbisend are known to be the least haunted place in Victorian England.
From this bucolic haven, a mysteriously magical country gentleman, Mr Random Corwyn, has drawn together a team of paraphysical** investigators trained in vanquishing unseelie terrors for Queen and Country.
Still reeling from a disastrous undertaking in Persia, the team must discover and vanquish the home-grown horrors that have targeted the village in the form of a Black Dog, a sorrowing ghost, and a vicar's lonely daughter.Will this adventure make them a stronger team or tear them apart completely?
a Raven at Random novella
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The word paranormal first appeared in 1898. The element para is Greek meaning above, beyond, or contrary to
Random Corwyn in 1875 prefers the word paraphysical, a word introduced by Fred Sommers in the 1880s referring to phenomena such as levitation, telekinesis, and materialization. Doubtless, Mr Sommers first picked up the term from Mr Corwyn, narrowing the meaning to suit his purposes. The use of "paraphysical" avoids quibbling over what is normal or real.