I am not much of a seasonal reader, but I made an exception for this Halloween. I think I picked well.
Needles of black vapor curled into split lips and threaded its way up the nostrils, enshrouding the individual‘s head in a constantly stirring sack of mist.Chapter Two
The first chapter is certainly creepy, showing a vivisection on a person. The above quote is a memory though, recalling the Battle of Camden in 1780, during the American Revolutionary War.
This novella is set a few years later. The main character, Salem Hawley, won his emancipation after fighting on the side of the colonies during the American Revolution and seems to be a teacher in New York.
This is about 150 pages, so I might finish today. So far I like the writing style.