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Edward Atherton, Rector of Thornham St Stephen, should never have meddled with the tomb of the 14th century Abbot of Thornham. From the moment the workman raised the tomb lid, the horror began. Atherton is pursued by a malign shadowy presence to his untimely death a few weeks later.
A statue, unearthed in ancient Babylon during the course of an archaelogical dig, is transported to London. Once there, it quickly exerts an evil influence over those with whom it comes into contact an influence that threatens to spread throughout London and beyond.