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In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street. The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street. The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven Street point to something more diabolical than an illegal anatomy school. The tool marks on the bones, arcane sigils of great power, indicate more than mere butchery, more than enlightened experimentation. The signs, omens, and portents support the crown's greatest fears. A great evil is being unleashed upon the gaslit streets of London, a blood-drenched shadow reaching skeletal fingers beyond the slums of Whitechapel. We must stamp out this demonic plague for the sake of our Queen, our Country, and our immortal souls. - Cora Drummond, Whitechapel Paranormal Society Collecting human souls is a thankless job, nearly as tedious as acting as solicitor to the fae. But when the demon Forneus enters an opium den searching for men eager to trade their souls for the ill-smelling weed, he stumbles on a plot so devious, so heinous, he's jealous that he hadn't thought of it himself. There's nothing like a maniacal plot to unleash Hell on earth to break the boredom of immortality. - Forneus, Grand Marquis of Hell The Whitechapel Paranormal Society series is a Victorian horror series set in London's East End. The Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series is an award-winning urban fantasy series known for heart-pounding action, quirky characters, and supernatural horrors.


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In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street. The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street. The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven Street point to something more diabolical than an illegal anatomy school. The tool marks on the bones, arcane sigils of great power, indicate more than mere butchery, more than enlightened experimentation. The signs, omens, and portents support the crown's greatest fears. A great evil is being unleashed upon the gaslit streets of London, a blood-drenched shadow reaching skeletal fingers beyond the slums of Whitechapel. We must stamp out this demonic plague for the sake of our Queen, our Country, and our immortal souls. - Cora Drummond, Whitechapel Paranormal Society Collecting human souls is a thankless job, nearly as tedious as acting as solicitor to the fae. But when the demon Forneus enters an opium den searching for men eager to trade their souls for the ill-smelling weed, he stumbles on a plot so devious, so heinous, he's jealous that he hadn't thought of it himself. There's nothing like a maniacal plot to unleash Hell on earth to break the boredom of immortality. - Forneus, Grand Marquis of Hell The Whitechapel Paranormal Society series is a Victorian horror series set in London's East End. The Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series is an award-winning urban fantasy series known for heart-pounding action, quirky characters, and supernatural horrors.

30 review for Craven Street

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meenaz Lodhi

    Cora, a sergeant working for the Special Paranormal Research Branch, -a secret group within the British police force, created to monitor and gauge paranormal threats-, together with her women constables team investigates a surge of horrendous activities. A Victorian era based paranormal story, full of horror and demonic possessions, with its typical chauvinism encounters, sexism, the London underworld of misshapen and depravity. A great world and social insight and background life of the world i Cora, a sergeant working for the Special Paranormal Research Branch, -a secret group within the British police force, created to monitor and gauge paranormal threats-, together with her women constables team investigates a surge of horrendous activities. A Victorian era based paranormal story, full of horror and demonic possessions, with its typical chauvinism encounters, sexism, the London underworld of misshapen and depravity. A great world and social insight and background life of the world in those days. A very entertaining book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diana in SC

    Very interesting and dark This is the first novella in the new “Whitechapel Paranormal Society” fantasy series. It is set in the same world as EJ Stevens' “Ivy Granger” and “Hunters' Guild” series, except that it takes place over a century before, in Victorian-era London. The world is similar to the actual Victorian London, except that supernatural activity (i.e., demon possession, ghosts, and necromancy) exist and the government is aware of it. A branch of the police secretly handles supernatur Very interesting and dark This is the first novella in the new “Whitechapel Paranormal Society” fantasy series. It is set in the same world as EJ Stevens' “Ivy Granger” and “Hunters' Guild” series, except that it takes place over a century before, in Victorian-era London. The world is similar to the actual Victorian London, except that supernatural activity (i.e., demon possession, ghosts, and necromancy) exist and the government is aware of it. A branch of the police secretly handles supernatural problems because the general population remains blissfully unaware of them. Most of this paranormal police force is male, but a small group of them is female, and they call themselves the Whitechapel Paranormal Society. These women encounter an unprecedentedly large occurrence of demon possession, and it is just the tip of the iceberg. I like the friendly, supportive relationships among Cora, Flan, and their female psychic co-workers. These nice relationships give the reader a break from the otherwise extremely dark, sometimes gross situations. By the way, Cora and Flan are lesbians and are just starting a very innocent-style relationship (just one kiss in the entire book). The romance part is very PG, but the horrifying investigation portion would be rated R. There is at least one other LGBTQ character, which adds a nice touch of diversity in urban fantasy. For me, the disgusting parts of the investigation were just a little too gross and dark for me to really enjoy the book. However, the previews at the end for the next two books have me interested enough to read the next one. I also liked seeing Forneus, a somewhat amusing demon character from the Ivy Granger series, in his earlier life. I received a free advanced reading copy from the author, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Excellent, scary, and well worth reading! The publisher's blurb gives some idea of what to expect, but not how engaging the characters or plot. Just read it already!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Enticing introduction to an intriguing new series… This novella will capture your attention and tease your imagination from the first page to the very last sentence. The main protagonist, Cora Drummond, is a member of the S.P.R.B. (Special Paranormal Research Branch) in the Whitechapel area of Victorian London. She and a few other female members work together using their various psychic gifts to root out evil in the name of queen and country. There are male members of the S.P.R.B. but they do not Enticing introduction to an intriguing new series… This novella will capture your attention and tease your imagination from the first page to the very last sentence. The main protagonist, Cora Drummond, is a member of the S.P.R.B. (Special Paranormal Research Branch) in the Whitechapel area of Victorian London. She and a few other female members work together using their various psychic gifts to root out evil in the name of queen and country. There are male members of the S.P.R.B. but they do not feature prominently in this story except to show condescending contempt for these women who do not conform to the accepted standards for female comportment of their era. These wonderfully non-conformist ladies will lead the reader on a fast-paced adventure involving murder, mutilation, demonic possession, and sinister world-threatening machinations spawned by unknown forces of evil. No spoilers here – just prepare for a heck of a ride! Of note for those who are faint of heart – there are scenes featuring the discovery of mutilated bodies, but the descriptions are not gory or of nightmare-inducing detail. There is no foul language (unless “bugger” is offensive to you). There is a hint of lesbian potential in a couple of characters but nothing graphic is presented. Overall, this is a riveting first installment of what I hope to be a whole series of adventures with these awesome ladies. I received a copy of this book from the author and the above is my voluntary and unbiased review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kay Smillie

    3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. This is a Victorian Gothic horror novella to introduce the women of the 'Whitechapel Paranormal Society' (actually the 'Special Paranormal Research Branch' within the police force), and snapshots of the demon Forneus prior to his appearances in the author's 'Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective' series. I found the treatment of the ladies by their male counterparts in the SPRB deplorable, but unsurprising, there are men today who still act the same way. People always make fun 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. This is a Victorian Gothic horror novella to introduce the women of the 'Whitechapel Paranormal Society' (actually the 'Special Paranormal Research Branch' within the police force), and snapshots of the demon Forneus prior to his appearances in the author's 'Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective' series. I found the treatment of the ladies by their male counterparts in the SPRB deplorable, but unsurprising, there are men today who still act the same way. People always make fun of what they don't understand, or are afraid of. I liked that this was the first story I have read to contain a nonbinary character. I love the fact that these stories are based on true Victorian (unsolved?) crimes. It does have a Victorian feel about it, except for some 'Americanisms' which (I think...) were in the demon chapters. It was a very easy read, however I was a wee bit disappointed. I wanted more information, gore, and explanations on the arcane symbols. But then, I'm a picky reader. Overall, entertaining enough to sit down with a teapot containing English Builders' Tea, and a plate with a couple of Rich Tea biscuits, and be totally engrossed. Don't forget the pinkie, though!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elda

    The long blurb to this novella describes this book superbly. I loved the snarkiness. I cringed at the gruesomeness. Felt badly that the women trying to solve the crime were subjected to inappropriate treatment by the men in the precinct. And working with a demon to help solve the crime??? This is a very different sort of crime-solving tale that I felt very easy reading. I have never read a book by this author before, but this little taste of her style has me wanting to read more of her books, mo The long blurb to this novella describes this book superbly. I loved the snarkiness. I cringed at the gruesomeness. Felt badly that the women trying to solve the crime were subjected to inappropriate treatment by the men in the precinct. And working with a demon to help solve the crime??? This is a very different sort of crime-solving tale that I felt very easy reading. I have never read a book by this author before, but this little taste of her style has me wanting to read more of her books, more specifically, the rest of this series. Very enjoyable and entertaining.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woods

    Craven Street is a dark historical/paranormal mystery. Cora leads an all female team of investigators in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society. Even though they cannot gain the respect of their peers, these women get the job done. Told in altering viewpoints between Cora and the demon, Forneus, a dark tale unfolds of mutated bodies mass demon possessions that leave you hanging for the next book. Gripping and fast paced, the novella flows smoothly and passes way too quickly. My voluntary, unbiased r Craven Street is a dark historical/paranormal mystery. Cora leads an all female team of investigators in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society. Even though they cannot gain the respect of their peers, these women get the job done. Told in altering viewpoints between Cora and the demon, Forneus, a dark tale unfolds of mutated bodies mass demon possessions that leave you hanging for the next book. Gripping and fast paced, the novella flows smoothly and passes way too quickly. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    Overall rating: 4 Set in the seedy districts such as white chapel, this all female paranormal society take on the worst of the worst, all while still being ridiculed and challenged by their male counterparts. The author sets a reader smack dab down on these putrid, opium laced streets while still maintaining the mindset of the streets during that era. These characters are strong willed and determined as well as dangerous. I found it very easy to get caught up in the mystery and impending danger. Overall rating: 4 Set in the seedy districts such as white chapel, this all female paranormal society take on the worst of the worst, all while still being ridiculed and challenged by their male counterparts. The author sets a reader smack dab down on these putrid, opium laced streets while still maintaining the mindset of the streets during that era. These characters are strong willed and determined as well as dangerous. I found it very easy to get caught up in the mystery and impending danger. For a short read I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this storyline took life. Great read with a Jack the Ripper feel. All my reviews are always voluntarily written,

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christinaraven

    I really liked the story. The theme was interesting and it caught my eyes. Fr a book one and a novella, it gave just enough background as I read the story to figure out the backstory to really enjoy it. I liked Cora and her groups of co-workers as they got their job done. I chose to review as I really liked the story and plan to read more to see what happens next and where the story and characters end up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Another brilliant story from E J Stevens! Great! I really enjoyed this new set of characters, new timeline, new ideas! Would recommend to anyone that loves magic & fantasy. Well written & in the same theme as Ivy Granger! I Liked it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A good plot, and interesting characters set in Victorian England give these paranormal investigator and interesting twist…and it’s not the only twist in the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Gabler

    Loved the characters in this book - the women are strong, dedicated and unsung heroes of their time. I want to know where their story leads them and what happens next! Well crafted and believably realistic. Looking forward to the continuation of the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Candy Robosky

    Allies in strange places and frenemies in even stranger places. So sad that women have to work ten times harder to he even half the respect of men in the same profession. I liked this book. Given a ARC and am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Wright

    3.5 out of 5 Mixed thoughts on this one. Currently re-reading this in case I misinterpreted part of the story but it just feels slightly 'off'.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Silver Surfer

    So, book one of the new series and if I’m honest, is as good if not better than the Ivy Granger series. I cannot get enough of this authors books. She writes such good gothic ones. Roll on book two. Highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miki

    This was first published on my blog " Lecture toute une Aventure " I loved the Ivy Granger series so i was curious about this series but it's sure really different. This book ( and series?) is really more horror than Ivy Granger's one, it's really dark both in the events happening but also in the character's mentality. The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is a group of women with special abilities who are part of the force but in secret focus on the supernatural elements. They have their male cou This was first published on my blog " Lecture toute une Aventure " I loved the Ivy Granger series so i was curious about this series but it's sure really different. This book ( and series?) is really more horror than Ivy Granger's one, it's really dark both in the events happening but also in the character's mentality. The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is a group of women with special abilities who are part of the force but in secret focus on the supernatural elements. They have their male counterpart but those really looks down on them and even try to hinder their work...their misogynist point of view though understandable in a historical period still started to bother me after a time because they get the job done and even with all those men must have seen with paranormal they still can't respect them? even a minimum? it's frustrating. The intrigue is the start of something bigger and the mystery is really well written, really dark too. The different characters are interesting but we focus on Cora and Flan more than on the others so we see little of their powers but it's tempting so we want to discover more about them and how they choose that job , discovered their abilities etc. That being said some point bothered me more. First at time , i i had the feeling to have missed something as the situation jump to another without really an explanation or link even if we go back to track just after it's like something was missing. Then the relationship between Cora and Flan bothered me....somehow i think it would it would have been better if they were just friends or colleagues , the lover part even if not too developed sounded wrong . I don't know if it's because we get the feeling it's part historical and at that time while homosexuality existed it wasn't done in public or because it give the feeling no male characters could be good enough, open minded to these abilities....it just wasn't necessary for the story in my opinion. But if that doesn't bother you and if you love dark urban fantasy with ghosts and demons this is really a good horror book just probably not for me

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erika S.

    (I recieved this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review) Craven Street is a dark, gas lamp novella that follows two main characters, Cora and Forneus, as their paths intertwine in the paranormal underbelly of the Whitechapel section of London. This leads them to team up and take down a common enemy. Cora, the leader of a small group of uniquely talented. female paranormal investigators, paves the way for strong leading ladies and challenges gender roles in a time well known for its (I recieved this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review) Craven Street is a dark, gas lamp novella that follows two main characters, Cora and Forneus, as their paths intertwine in the paranormal underbelly of the Whitechapel section of London. This leads them to team up and take down a common enemy. Cora, the leader of a small group of uniquely talented. female paranormal investigators, paves the way for strong leading ladies and challenges gender roles in a time well known for its conservative ways. Forneus, the Grand Marquis of Hell, serves as the dark, mysterious male character that every reader knows and loves. This novella comprises all the details of a full length novel, in a compact size. The short chapters were captivating, and had me ready to turn the page and find out what happens next. Being a first time reader of this author, I got the feeling that there are some overlapping characters with her other series, but it did not stifle my ability to enjoy the story and the characters at present. I really enjoyed the moments of romance, and found myself wishing for more. Especially since it was not between the male and female main characters, as typically seen. Furthermore. I really liked how the author wrote about bold subject matter (i.e. romance, feminism, pushing gender boundaries) in a way that hit the nail on the head without rubbing the reader's face in it. This novella gives readers a glimpse into the writing style and characters of this author, and does not disappoint. It has all the good qualities of a longer novel, but it is a quick, easy read. Perfect for busy readers! Full time content, part time commitment. Easy readying! -E

  18. 5 out of 5

    Iona Caldwell

    Craven Street tells a truly unique twist on a British occult mystery. It tells the story from the point of view of Cora, a young woman working as a paranormal investigator and the mysterious Jonathan, a demon Marquis. Mutilated bodies of women begin turning up, each marked with arcane symbols used in a demonic summoning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The language was spot on for the setting and the tension of all kinds permeated the pages. The story is told in a typical Sherlock Holmes style my Craven Street tells a truly unique twist on a British occult mystery. It tells the story from the point of view of Cora, a young woman working as a paranormal investigator and the mysterious Jonathan, a demon Marquis. Mutilated bodies of women begin turning up, each marked with arcane symbols used in a demonic summoning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The language was spot on for the setting and the tension of all kinds permeated the pages. The story is told in a typical Sherlock Holmes style mystery with a supernatural twist. As an avid reader of Holmes, I really couldn't put this book down until I finished it. One of my main complaints was the lack of character development and the underuse of the "special abilities" each team member is supposed to have. The "romance" seemed forced and honestly, I would've liked the sexual tension between Jonathan and Cora to grow instead of Flan. However, for a short novella and quick read, I loved the world building. It could've gotten more of an immersive factor to really draw the reader in. All in all, I love this book and highly recommend it to supernatural mystery fans.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Crittermom

    E J Stevens’ novella, Craven Street whets the appetite, encouraging the reader to look deeper into the historical horror/mystery series of which it is part.  The story itself isn’t very detailed. It’s designed to tease the reader, introducing characters and story elements much like a movie trailer. Essentially unconventional, gifted women at the turn of the century fight demons in Whitechapel, as well as the ire and sabotage of their male counterparts.  They uncover a conspiracy, a vast effort t E J Stevens’ novella, Craven Street whets the appetite, encouraging the reader to look deeper into the historical horror/mystery series of which it is part.  The story itself isn’t very detailed. It’s designed to tease the reader, introducing characters and story elements much like a movie trailer. Essentially unconventional, gifted women at the turn of the century fight demons in Whitechapel, as well as the ire and sabotage of their male counterparts.  They uncover a conspiracy, a vast effort to release evil into the world. But are they winning the battle at the cost of the war when a demon helps them defeat their opponent? I will definitely give the series a try. 4 / 5 I received a copy of Craven Street from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. -- Crittermom

  20. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    "Like pieces of a macabre puzzle." Sorry, not for me. I do enjoy a little paranormal sometimes with my, especially, historical detectives but I began to seriously search for a bit of normal to accompany the para. Add into the equation the misogynistic divide between the male and female British Police force members of the secret Special Paranormal Research Branch, I actually began to pity Forneus, Grand Master of Hell, having to deal with these people. The story is well written, however, and very "Like pieces of a macabre puzzle." Sorry, not for me. I do enjoy a little paranormal sometimes with my, especially, historical detectives but I began to seriously search for a bit of normal to accompany the para. Add into the equation the misogynistic divide between the male and female British Police force members of the secret Special Paranormal Research Branch, I actually began to pity Forneus, Grand Master of Hell, having to deal with these people. The story is well written, however, and very funny in places (not sure if it was humour or horror intended) and I can see that it could have great appeal to some. Just not my taste. Sorry.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Iyanna

    I loved the storyline. The book started off slow. I wasn't intrigued by the murder it just seemed A little familiar storyline of (Jack the ripper)The only difference was the sirgils and the 5 women of SPRB and the paranormal aspect of the story I was halfway through the book waiting for some excitement, I loved the aspect of the book but it fell flat for me.I 've read this author before and love it.But not this one

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    An engrossing and entertaining novella, well written and with an interesting plot. I look forward to reading other works by this author. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Owens

    Twisted, Engaging, Wicked,Dark and wreak havoc upon The streets of Thrawl Street. The Most disgusting demons,ghouls and angry spirits lurking around Craven Streets. I received advanced copy of this book exchanged for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather Bennett

    Craven Street is a unique story with interesting characters. I enjoyed reading this book and hope to read more by this author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lyn Mckenzie

    Honestly I really struggled reading this book but I can't quite pinpoint why. I gave this book 3* as I love this author's writing style

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I did like the story line and the characters. It just fell a little short on the fight with the big bad. I know it is a novella but it left me feeling a little lost.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ozrobmit

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pete

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Waldron

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