Leo Cartwright’s retirement plan doesn’t go exactly to plan – not when he meets Christopher Tate after his very last show. Christopher has a secret to share, one that he entrusts with his favourite comedian. When Christopher ends up dead soon thereafter, what’s Leo to do but act on the information he’s been given, even if it’s completely insane? Setting out to find the mysterious town named Elswich, Leo can’t deny there’s something off about the entire thing. For one thing, the community of the town doesn’t seem normal.
It’s not every day a ten-year-old child tries to hire John Persons, especially when the job involves the killing of said child’s stepfather. Abusive, with a monster living inside his flesh, the target proves to be more formidable than first expected. But the hunt is on, and John, being a monster himself, is determined to stop the man. Him, and the spread of sickness that buries itself deep.
Hannah is determined to start a new life after her failed marriage, and so moves to Edinburgh and begins a job as a guide to the spooky tourist attraction, Henderson Close. She loves it; the tales she recites, the character she plays, and the disquiet she brings to her guests. All is not as it seems however, as Hannah and her two colleagues soon experience strange occurrences they can’t explain.