Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen and may include novel teasers of things to come. “Beneath Northumberland” reunites Agent Brandon Hill with his colleague Agent Anouk Tremblay as they pursue the mystery behind the ghost ship of Northumberland Straight. Ships are disappearing, falling under attack by ship wreathed in flames manned by a crew of the dead. Why have they appeared? What do they want? And what does their appearance have to do with a compass that is literally bouncing off the walls inside the Archives several thousand kilometers away.