8 – Valentina

    We found her in a dark room behind The King’s Head.     “You are late, Grimes,” she said as the door swung open and she retreated into the gloom. Grimes followed her to a small table beside the grubby window and sat down. “I had to be sure...

7 – 21st December 1888

    I had left Grimes to his own devices after our return from the asylum and then spent the afternoon in bed recovering my strength. I took some supper up to him that evening – a corned-beef hash cooked by Mrs Derricks, the wife of the lodging house manager...

6 – The Asylum

    I hadn’t imagined I’d ever go back to the asylum after the terrors of the night I spent there, but Grimes had been most insistent. He’d spent the day of our visit from McBride recovering in his room, though ‘brooding’ would be a...

5 – 20th December 1883

    At some point in the night, I made my way back to my room, having first locked Grimes’ door as instructed. He had fallen asleep soon after I’d helped him with his ablutions. It’s an odd thing indeed to find oneself in such intimate association...