When the well-respected Secretary of the Society of Psychic research is found dead under strange circumstances, at the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton, inspector Abberline of Scotland Yard is intrigued with the case - things don't seem to add up. The man died fully dressed with a sponge bag soaked in chloral and no identification on his person except a letter to his doctor. Moreover he had come to Brighton to visit a house that was empty for the summer. What was he doing there?
Despite the coroner's findings of death by misadventure Abberline continued to investigate the case which seemed to be connected a series of murders in Whitechapel.
Meanwhile in London Mabel Collins, an occultist and Theosophist, Douglas Blackburn a Journalist are also inextricably involved in discovering the truth.
When the three come together they stumble on a club of shadowy men seeking the secret of the Rosicrucians which could lead to an occult plot for world domination that will reach into the highest echelons of Government and High Society.
During the course of this tale, Madame Blavatsky realises she was Jacques de Molay in The Seal and Jacob in Fifth Gospel in previous lives, Mabel Collins realises she was Christian in Temple of the Grail and Little John of Zebedee in Fifth Gospel, Douglas Blackburn realises he had been Andrew in Fifth Gospel, Andre and Andre in Temple of the Grail. They also realise that Edmund Gurney was Etienne in The Seal and Nicodemus in Fifth Gospel. Their connection in Atlanitia is now understood. They have safe guarded the Occulus that Eugene Cros safeguards in The Sixth Key.
WHO WERE THE GHOST CLUB?
In 1855 a Club was formed by young members of Trinity College Cambridge University England and included in its membership Charles Dickens. The Ghosts as they called themselves gathered to share information and stories of their own experiences of the paranormal. They also performed the first psychic investigations into paranormal activity.
The club was disbanded after the death of Dickens and revived on All Saints Day in 1882 by Alfred Alaric Watts, the son of journalist and poet Alaric Alexander Watts, and a famous contemporary medium, the Reverend Stainton Moses.
Unlike the Society for Psychic Research, The Ghost Club was a selective and secretive organization of convinced believers in the paranormal. Membership was by invitation only after a member passed certain tests.
The names of members - both living and dead (incorporeals) were solemnly recited each year on the Day of the Dead. These meetings were cloaked in secrecy and all members living or dead were required to attend.
The minutes of these meetings have never been seen by anyone.
Some of its illustrious members were:
Sir William Crookes; Sir Oliver Lodge, the physicist; Nandor Fodor, psychologist and a former associate of Sigmund Freud; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and William Butler Yates.
He who seeks the light in darkness... from the light to darkness fall.
MIDNIGHT has come, and the great Christ Church Bell
And may a lesser bell sound through the room;
And it is All Souls' Night,
And two long glasses brimmed with muscatel
Bubble upon the table. A ghost may come;
For it is a ghost's right,
His element is so fine
Being sharpened by his death,
To drink from the wine-breath
While our gross palates drink from the whole wine.
William Butler Yates