The Bartleby and James Adventures are a series of steampunk mysteries following the cases of consulting detectives Alton Bartleby and his engineer partner James Wainwright. Together they protect London from the foes that Scotland Yard cannot handle.
Consulting detectives Alton Bartleby and James Wainwright have been hired to stop the Scissorman, a nightmarish serial killer. Can they track him down despite obstruction from the official authorities, or will the vicious killer turn more of London’s children into orphans?
If it had been standing the creature would have been easily seven feet tall. A crude mockery of a man, it was thin and gnarled, hunched over, shoulders bunched up near its ears, long limbs almost dragging the floor. Most of its body was wrapped tightly in buckled leather straps, tinted red with dried and crusted blood; what flesh was visible through its gaps was mottled and grey, pitted and pocked. The creature’s eyes were cold black empty pits.
I could almost feel the hatred emanating from them, directed towards Bartleby, who held the creature at bay with the shattered remains of an end-table. Worst of all were the fiend’s long jointed fingers, clutching an over-sized pair of wickedly sharp gardening shears.
As I reached the doorway it reached out, its fingers grasping, and grabbed the end of Bartleby’s table. The creature was ungainly, clumsy, inelegant, but very fast – I could scarcely track its movement as it slammed the table back into Bartleby’s chest with tremendous force, knocking him back over the parlour couch.
With a roar I was in motion, vaulting across the parlour floor to swing my candlestick in a wide arc toward the Scissorman’s back.