Author(s): Wilkie Collins
When Francis Raven is roused from his sleep on the eve of his birthday and confronted by the sight of a woman trying to stab him, he is unsure whether she is real or an apparition. Years later, against the wishes of his mother, he marries Alicia, a woman with a strange resemblance to the mysterious visitor, who ends up attacking him on his birthday, before vanishing from his life. Is Francis's wife a ghost, a demon or a living human being? And will the prophecy of the night-time visitation be fulfilled one day?
Wilkie Collins (1824 - 89) is most famous for his novels The Moonstone and The Woman in White, in which he pioneered "sensation" writing, the influence of which can still be seen today in the genres of crime and mystery.