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A 2013 Locus Award Finalist
A 2013 Mythopoeic Award Nominee
A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
Winter 1862, London. Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had been presumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives—but that her life and soul are in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician to the mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Both McKee and Crawford have mysterious histories with creatures like Polidori, and their child is a prize the malevolent spirit covets dearly.
Polidori is also the late uncle and supernatural muse to poet Christina Rossetti and her brother, painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. When she was just fourteen, Christina unwittingly brought Polidori’s curse upon her family. But the curse bestowed unexpected blessings as well, inspiring both Christina and Gabriel’s work. But when Polidori resurrects Dante’s dead wife—turning her into a vampire—and threatens other family members, Christina and Dante agree they must destroy their monstrous uncle and break the spell, even if it means the end of their creative powers.
Determined to save their daughter, McKee and Crawford join forces with the Rossettis, and soon these wildly mismatched allies are plunged into a supernatural London underworld whose existence goes beyond their wildest imaginings. Ultimately, each of these disparate individuals—the sensitive poet, the tortured painter, the straitlaced animal doctor, the reformed prostitute, and even their Artful Dodger–like young daughter—must choose between the banality and constraints of human life and the unholy immortality that Polidori offers.
Sweeping from the mansions of London’s high society to its grimy slums, the elegant salons of the West End to the pre-Roman catacombs beneath St. Paul’s Cathedral, Hide Me among the Graves blends the historical and the supernatural in a dazzling, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride—a modern horror story with a Victorian twist.
© 2012 by Tim Powers
“[A] fine example of the work of a much-beloved author and a spooky ride through Victorian London to boot…Powers’ work engages with something prerational that is buried deep, deep in our brains and won’t be bullied into submission by mere reason.”
Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author
“No one writes historical fantasy quite like Tim Powers.”
“Superbly written, wonderfully imagined.”
“Powers’ specialty is secret supernatural histories of the world that offer far more plausible explanations for everything than, say, Dan Brown, and are conceptually far wittier. He is an intelligent, emotionally complex writer with a taste for elegantly conceived nightmare.”
“It would be a serious mistake to dismiss Hide Me among the Graves as something less than art…It’s a smart, exciting, and perfectly constructed novel, and it’s hard as hell to put down.”
“[A] breathtaking achievement, the complexity of which a review can only begin to capture…[A] powerful work.”
“Rewards readers with a delightful case of the shudders. The setting of Victorian London, damp, foggy, and full of unsavory characters, adds an extra dimension to the story.”
RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“[A] stellar supernatural thriller…Powers works an impressively original variation on the vampire theme and makes the Rossettis’ crusade extremely poignant…The meticulous attention to historical and literary detail grounds the story solidly in its period and enhances its imaginative reach.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The nonstop action of this diverting steampunk thriller will attract many readers.”
“The vampire-ghost of John Polidori haunts the pages of this swashbuckling genre bender…[A] fast-paced nail-biter…Powers gives us no time to contemplate deeper meanings as the breakneck pace and labyrinthine plot pull us through history, mythology, mystery, and horror with his signature creative verve.”