Through the Nethergate
by Roberta Eaton Cheadle
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About Henry Scarle
Henry Scarle is the leader of the group of ghosts that haunt the inn in Bungay where Margaret goes to live with her grandfather following the deaths of her parents. Margaret’s powers cause the ghosts to reincarnate and regain their human bodies. This group of incarnates is innately good and when they reincarnate the signs of their unnatural deaths reverse and they become young and good looking again. There are also wicked ghosts haunting the inn, who become more grotesque and nastier when they reincarnate. All the incarnates are beholden to their master, Hugh Bigod, having followed him at the time of their unnatural deaths. They are trapped in the Overworld, the shadowy dimension between human life on earth and either Heaven or Hell.
Henry is an intelligent and kindly young man, usually clear headed except for the anger and resentment he felt at the time of his unnatural death which led to his making the poor choice of turning away from Heaven’s White Light and following Hugh Bigod, in the form of a black dog, into eternal servitude. Henry is naïve in his handling of a difficult situation he encounters while performing his duties of looking after the ships transporting corn and other goods via the Bungay Staithe Navigation. A mistake costs him his life when he is beaten to death by thieves.
Henry is the incarnate selected by the others to try and win Margaret support after the ruthless attack on her by one of Hugh Bigod’s henchman, Tom Hardy. Henry wants Margaret’s to help the good incarnates to escape from Hugh Bigod and the Overworld, but he is also sensitive to her plight and does not want to put her in danger. He proves himself to be a loyal friend and quite a romantic.
Henry and Margaret develop feelings for each other, and this results in Henry pushing himself to confront situations and do things to try and save her from the malevolent plan hatched by Hugh Bigod to use Margaret’s powers to overthrow Lucifer and gain control of Hell.
Henry develops a brotherly fondness for two of the other young incarnates, Lizzie and Katharine, and plays a protective role towards them as well as Margaret. He is open minded and is happy to consider suggestions made by Lizzie to help resolve a sticky situation they find themselves in.
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About Through The Nethergate
Through the Nethergate
1st in Series
TSL Publications (September 3, 2019)
Paperback: 214 pages
Digital ASIN: B07ZJTW2DF
Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own.
In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise.
With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.
“What do you want from me?” Margaret asked and waited.
“You have special powers, Margaret,” said Henry. “We can sense them and know that you are our only hope of escape from bondage to the Master. As soon as you entered the Inn, we started our process of reincarnation and, with that process, came a faster reversal of the external manifestations of our dark pasts. We need your help to rid the world of the depraved and degenerate Bigods.
Their evil acts have imprinted themselves into the very walls of Bungay Castle. The Inn has become a central point for the ghosts to congregate because the cellar is part of the original structure of the castle. Your presence at the Inn is like a magnet for all of us, good and bad.”
“But how?” cried Margaret. “How am I to help you?”
“You have the power to exorcise the Master. You are the reason we are able to be seen, are able to interact with humans and are able to touch people. We are no longer ghosts, we are now incarnates.
We want to help you overcome the black dog of Bungay. We also want another chance to enter the White Light. Helping you may give us our opportunity.”
“What about Hugh Bigod? What does he want from me?”
“He wants you dead so that you can’t interfere with his control over the Bungay ghosts. Judging from his actions last night, he is happy to kill anybody else who happens to be stand between him and his goal of killing you.”
“I thought that might be his plan,” Margaret whispered, “I’ll do my best to help you. To help us all.”
“And I,” said Henry, looking deeply into her clear blue eyes, “will do my best to keep you safe.” A pleasant shiver ran up Margaret’s spine. He extended his hands towards her, palms up, as if in invitation. “May I visit you when you get home?”
Margaret took his offered hands. “Yes,” she said, “that would be nice.”
About Roberta Eaton Cheadle
‘I am an author who has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my young adult and adult writing, these will be published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first young adult supernatural novel, Through the Nethergate, has recently been published.
I have two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award-winning author, Dan Alatorre as well as three short stories published in Death Among Us, a collection of murder mystery short stories by 10 different authors and edited by Stephen Bentley. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.
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