It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives - brilliant but
eccentric scientist and explorer - is at home in Aylesford with his
family. However, 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 to London in pursuit…
The first new steampunk novel in over twenty years from one of the genre's founding fathers!
James P. Blaylock was born in Long Beach, California in 1950, and attended California State University, where he received an MA. He was befriended and mentored by Philip K. Dick, along with his contemporaries K. W. Jeter and Tim Powers, and is regarded – along with Powers and Jeter – as one of the founding fathers of the steampunk movement. Winner of two World Fantasy Awards and Philip K. Dick Award, he currently directs the creative writing programs at Chapman University. Blaylock lives in Orange CA with his wife. They have two sons.