It’s 19th-century New England, and the region is in the grip of a worrying epidemic that is consuming entire families. Naturally, then, communities are desperate to put a stop to the widespread affliction. But the sinister illness continues to gradually suck the life from the bodies of its victims, leaving them as hollow, hacking shells – or even, in some cases, dead.
And, tragically, in most cases, sufferers of this unpleasant affliction could only find respite in death, as there was simply nothing that doctors of the period could do to alleviate their anguish. Consequently, then, local communities inevitably took matters into their own hands. With medicine providing no solutions, they increasingly looked to the occult for the help that they so desperately sought.