China, 1800, and the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive at the English Trade Concession in Canton.
A supposedly harmless relic known as the Spirit Gate becomes active and whisks Jamie and Zoe into the future. The Doctor follows in the TARDIS and arrives in England, 1900, where the descendents of an English merchant from 1800 are gathering.
Among their number is a young man called Carnacki, an expert in all things mystical, and before long he is helping the Doctor investigate a series of bizarre murders in the house.
The spirits of the past have returned, and when the Doctor discovers that the house and surrounds have literally been taken out of space and time, he realises that their attacker may not be all they seem.
Published 23 November 2002
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Cartmel was born in London and grew up in Canada. He studied at the University of London before taking a post graduate course in Canterbury and working for a computer firm in Cambridge.
Here he was head-hunted as script editor on Doctor Who, a post he held for three seasons.
Since leaving Doctor Who in 1989, he served as senior script editor on the BBC drama Casualty before working as an editor on several magazines.
He has written comic strips for 2000 AD and Doctor Who Magazine and a trilogy of SF novels in Virgin Publishing’s New Adventures range: Warhead (1992); Warlock (1995); and Warchild (1996). His latest novel is The Wise (1999).
He edited Starburst Magazine from 1999 to 2000. Most recently he was script editor and lead writer on the sword & sorcery series Dark Knight.
He has also written a number of screenplays, including an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death which has just been optioned.
Amongst other projects Andrew is currently working on a new play, a thriller called Dark Ride, which he hopes will be in production in London soon.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mike Collins’ first work in design and illustration was in 1983 when he worked on Games Workshop’s Golden Heroes role playing game.
He was illustrator for a range of Transformers titles for Ladybird books in 1984-5 and since then he has gone on to work extensively in comics, including drawing regular strips forDiceman, Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, Slaine, Spider-Man,Captain Britain, Transformers, Doctor Who, Zoids, Ghostbusters, Thundercats, Action Man/Action Force, Sub-Mariner, X-Men, Star Trek, Dragonlance, Justice League America, Darkstars, Hawkman, Wonder Woman, Babylon 5,Superman and Batman.
He is currently working on Titans and The Time Machine for DC Comics, carrying out general illustration work for Wizards of the Coast on their Harry Potter card game, creating digital e-book covers for Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster’s range of Star Trek novels, and working on character design and presentation material for Fairwater Films’ Skryptonite. He even manages to find time to fit in design work for Siriol Animation in Cardiff.