The town of Crowshed was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by a young man named Hugh L. Maine. Maine had a very peculiar way of serving as mayor, and began acting as the judge, jury, and executioner for any and all legal proceedings in the town. As more people were being sentenced to death for smaller and smaller offenses, there was an increasing amount of reported paranormal activity. After Maine's sudden inexplicable death in 1881, his successor instituted a plan to completely lock Crowshed away from the outside world, effectively trapping it in a technological and cultural stasis.
The comic follows Sheryl Cruz, the newest employee of the Crowshed Department of Paranormal Investigation, and Elba Hart, a friendly ghost-detective who operates a machine that creates temporary projections of dead townspeople, as the duo interview projections of victims in order to find the murderers.
Crowshed is split into several "books", each of which are split into several smaller chapters. The first book, Disappearing Act, can be read here.
Crowshed contains examples of:
- Anti-Hero: Sheryl breaks into the Gravestone family house, stabs their child, and steals the kid's blood. This happens within the first ten pages.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: Sheryl's outfit when on the job.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Elba.
- Dead Person Conversation: Lieu de Repos is a projector that takes in a sample of someone's blood, and allows them to talk to anyone in that person's memories, alive or otherwise.
- Forced Sleep: Sheryl can do this by pointing at someone.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Lampshaded by Sheryl in one scene.Sheryl: "Turns out there is not a lot of things a masked stranger can politely ask for."Elba: "Does that surprise you?"
- That One Case: Elba's reason for trying to find the Invisible Man. She regularly visits with one of the blood samples' projection, and claims that she "let her die".