The Curse of Nineveh

In which the investigators become obsessed with spontaneous human combustion

Contains spoilers for "The Curse of Nineveh"

Friday, 10th of July 1925

At approximately a quarter past three in the afternoon, the investigators decided to visit the Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in an attempt to find out more information about suspicious deaths that may be linked to those they are already aware of. They are particularly interested in spontaneous human combustion. They are told that if they come back tomorrow morning, they may have more luck as there are certain people who seem to enjoy researching such phenomenon who are regular visitors to the registry and who will hire out their services to those who are interested. Further checks at a local library and then the London Library for information on spontaneous human combustion occupies the time until dinner at the Wentworth Club.

Sir Malcolm Chandler begins reading the Journal of the 1919 Expedition. He gathers a list of names of those who were on the Expedition. These may be people to track down and talk to.

Saturday, 11th of July, 1925

Around 9am, the investigators visit the Registry again, where they make the acquaintance of Miss Enid Miller, a bluestocking who describes herself as an "Inventor of the Machines of the Future". When not inventing she hires out her services as a researcher at the Registry. She is able to draw their attention to the recent death of an antiques dealer named Turner, who died as a result of spontaneous human combustion – or at least something very similar to it. This ties in neatly to an event described in Neve Selcibuc's journal.

A visit to Ebenezer Allbright's antiques shop follows. A Mexican standoff ensues when he is questioned about what he knows of the supernatural events that are occurring. It seems to be very little but he says the curse is real. He believes it causes death and madness and he believes it has resulted from people on the 1919 Expedition taking artifacts that they should not have removed.

He suggests that there is a collector in London called Guido – or something similar – who may be behind attempts to acquire artifacts relating to Nineveh, and who may have some connection to the murders. He professes no other knowledge of this person.

He is able to give the investigators an address for Peter Simkin, one of the names mentioned as being on the 1919 Expedition.



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