Keeper's Cottage hides on the westerly edge of Blackenrock Island. It's your first 'port of call' when exploring the islands of Ulcombe Bay. It is a ragged, rocky, wave beaten place, which few care to visit. Some say it's haunted, others say it's cursed. Only the lonely, ignorant sheep dwell there now, many of which fall from the cliffs, into the sea, where they slowly drown in the briny waters.

"That sounds like the perfect place for a haunting!" says Nigel Danvers.


A hundred years ago the Cottage was the scene of a terrible tragedy; a respected Victorian family were found dead. Mostly. I say mostly, as two of the inhabitants of Keeper's Cottage disappeared, without trace!

Father was found hanging from the rafters. Mother was discovered in the bath, an apparent suicide, death by laudanum overdose. One of the twins, Edward, was found smothered in his bed. But, no-one knows what happened to Peter, he vanished, never to be seen again. So too did the resident maid, Anne Whittle, who was rumoured to be a witch!




The mystery surrounding Keeper's Cottage was thought to be 'unsolvable', but not anymore.

Nigel realises that he and Lucy Reubans (his ghost-hunting partner) may have the perfect opportunity to crack the case, and learn what dark power dwells within the walls of the abandoned coastal house.

As a test for the new 'GhostGadget', the island offers a perfect oppertunity to study paranormal phenomena, without interference, of any kind, from the modern day world.

Blackenrock Island

In mythology, this ragged, rocky remnant of old Ulcombe is thought to contain the remains of an ancient Anglo Saxon landowner, or baron.

Folklore suggests the ashes of Baron Lammana are hidden from the weather, and treasure hunters, in the caves that honeycomb the interior of the island. Few have sought to locate the tomb, as the caves are notoriously disorientating, with local people stating that they are endless.



Morbid Fascinations

- The Unusual, Unexplainable & Strange - Issue 107
- For Inquisitive Gentlemen & Curious Ladies -

Horror Tourists Flock To Sheep Suicide Spot
Boar's Head Cove, Blackenrock Island, has become popular with ghoulish tourists seeking a morbid moment away from seaside tourist trappings of Saxton. Many of the Islands sheep stumble from the rocks, to plummet to the crashing waves, below.

Note: If visiting the Island, which is unlikely given the current owners dislike of visitors, be sure to lunch afterwards. The sight of a recently sea scraggy sheep can be enough to turn the stomach.
Tally ho!

The Barons

To manage their kingdom, the ruling kings (Ganwulf and Pendraed) elected thirteen barons a piece. Some were Saxons, new arrivals in a strange land. Others were of Saxton and the surrounding fields. Each was chosen as fitted their craft. Some crafts were wholesome, to live with the landscape and to feed from the land. Whereas the darker crafts involved blood and pain, magick and darkness.


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Previously... treasure, ghosts and murder!

Nigel Danvers has escaped London, on the Sleepwalker train, to seek adventure and fortune on England's windswept coast. Expecting a cool reception, Nigel is surprised to find that he is expected...but how?! Has he been here before?

Later - he befriends a local girl, Lucy Reubans (after some coaxing!). Lucy shares his interest in the paranormal, strange and supernatural, even though she remains skeptical. She knows the small harbour town hides many a dark secret, so embraces the chance to dig deeper. But is she safe?

Together they go hunting for the legendary 'lost' crown of the Anglo-Saxons; believed to be hidden in the eerie landscape that surrounds them. But, many of the townsfolk, including white wicca 'Nanny Noah', warn that some treasures are not supposed to be found; they have been hidden for a reason. Ignoring the advice, Nigel
seeks answers in a mysterious world; inhabited by the living, but haunted by the dead.


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