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The Cleft Owl by H.E. Bulstrode

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A West Country Mystery: Occult Deception in 17th-century Devon
The Cleft Owl – a tender discomfort and a gory crown.

Witness the work of a practitioner of the occult arts, a willing deceiver and interpreter of dreams, schooled in awe by a house of God rendered a charnel house by a fiery, dancing orb of light. Self-tutored in greed, and self-assured in his deceptions, Robert Tooley would have many think him able to command the dead and have them do his bidding, but as his demands grow greater, so the villagers’ doubts grow deeper; there will be an end to it all, and not a pretty one.

Based upon a little-known and strange case that unfolded in Widecombe-in-the-Moor during the late 17th century, a number of the characters here portrayed – Tooley, the Reverend Tickle and the Worshipful Sir William Bastard – all played a role in the life of this tightly-knit community. Lost in obscurity, this episode is here resurrected, and the dead pressed to speak.

A standalone historical novella in the West Country Tales series, also available alongside four other pieces in Anthology: Wry Out West.

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About The Author...

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H.E. Bulstrode

    

H.E. Bulstrode is an English author of tales with a twist that will appeal to the reader possessed of an appreciation for mysteries laced with an element of the supernatural or the occult, and shot through with a pronounced vein of wry humour. To date, six have been published, five gathered together in 'Anthology: Wry Out West', which is available as a Kindle ebook and paperback.

Bulstrode’s debut novel – ‘Pendrummel: Gwen Gwinnel’s Return’ – will be published in the summer of 2017, in both Kindle and paperback formats. The action opens in seventeenth-century Cornwall, where the villagers of Porthcarrack are beset with superstitious fears arising from a report of a supernatural visitation; fears that are dismissed by Thomas Pendrummel, who appears intent to press on with his latest voyage, but at what, if any, cost? An age-old and all-too-real threat, animated by a lurid religious fanaticism, lurks somewhere out to sea, stalking the imaginations of the parishioners.

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