The Cleft Owl: A Tale of Occult Deception – H.E. Bulstrode

A tale of occult horror, deception, and intrigue in 17th-century England.
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 stay the unquiet dead, but as his demands grow greater, so the villagers’ doubts grow deeper; there will come 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.

Also available in the Kindle collection An Occult Omnibus: Collected Occult Tales 2016-2018, and in the Amazon paperback Anthology: Wry Out West.