"No one--including the reader--remains unscathed in this trilogy of mid-19th-century-set interwoven tales of love, time, revenge, and death. In the first story, new parish priest, Father Gabriel Raven, is drawn into the sinister machinations of the notorious Malherbe family. In the second, a confused man is called to work, only to be plagued by strange sights, and stranger experiences. Finally three men are reunited by their old lecturer, but soon discover his motives are not as benign as they imagined. This award-wining literary, and spectacularly dark, fantasy echoes the works of Poe and Lovecraft, while creating a unique universe rich with bizarre characters, hidden secrets, spiritual séances, and repressed urges."--Page 4 of cover.