It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives, brilliant buteccentric scientist and explorer, is at home in Aylesford with his family. A few miles to the north a steam launch has been taken by pirates above Egypt Bay, the crew murdered and pitched overboard.In Aylesford itself a grave is opened and possibly robbed of the skull. The suspected grave robber, the infamous Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, is an old nemesis of Langdon St. Ives. When Dr. Narbondo returns to kidnap his four-year-old son Eddie and then vanishes into the night, St. Ives and his factotum Hasbro race into London in pursuit…
James P Blaylock is one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk along with fellow writers and friends Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter. He has won the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Awards. Blaylock lives in Orange CA with his wife, they have two sons.
"While many recent novels have picked up the steampunk banner, this one fully delivers, offering action, farce, tender relationships, and prose full of genuine Victorian cadence and flavor." - 'Publishers Weekly' (on "The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs")
"A singular American fabulist." (William Gibson, author of The Difference Engine)
"Blaylock is a magician!" (Michael Swanwick)
"Blaylock's prose is so rich it literally sings!" (Charles de Lint)
"The cover says, Steampunk Legend under [Blaylock]’s name. Trust me, it’s a well-earned accolade." (Scifi Fx)
"Rollicking Steampunk Adventure, highly recommended." (Nerds in Babeland)
"Sure to be one of the most delightful works of fiction you read this year." (Team Hellions)
"The plot of the book is a joyride through Victorian London, taking in all the grandness, wonder, depravity, and utter hopelessness that makes that time and place so endlessly fascinating." (Geek Smash)
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