In the dead of night, a man climbs the tower of St Anthony's Church, driven by a compulsive urge to silence the bells.
In a deserted alley, a seemingly random victim is consumed by a torrent a flames.
And in the deceptive light of day, a mail-order businessman named Walt Stebbins receives a bizarre artifact - a glass jar containing the preserved body of a bluebird.
Things like this don't usually happen in a town like Orange, California. Ordinary people don't expect to face evil - real evil - in their backyards. But as Walt unravels the mystery of the bird in the jar, he learns that the battle between good and evil is taking place every day...
...in the best tradition of The Twilight Zone, crossed with wacky characters, humor and moments of real love stunningly portrayed... Blaylock doesn't give his supernatural events the short shrift. His low-key descriptions ring true and are quite chilling, much more so than the buckets of gore we're used to finding in horror novels. But then, LL THE BELLS ON EARTH is quite a bit more than a horror novel...
Blaylock is one of the most brilliant of that new generation of fabulist writers: All the Bells on Earth may be his best book... mystical and enthralling... at once reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength and Clive Barker's urban fantasies.
New York Review Of Science Fiction
Weird and funny and touching.
With acrobatic grace, Blaylock ... once again walks the dividing line between fantasy and horror ... Blaylock's gentle satire on ‘capitalism gone rancid’ is supported by his authentic rendering of a small town where the economic reality of having to pay the bills occupies much of people's time. While the author probes the dark side of small-town life, he ultimately celebrates the virtues of simple living, yielding the sort of homey moral one finds in a Garrison Keillor monologue.
World Fantasy Award winning author James Blaylock, one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre, has written eighteen novels as well as scores of short stories, essays, and articles. His steampunk novel HOMUNCULUS won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and his short story “The Ape-box Affair,” published in Unearth magazine, was the first contemporary steampunk story published in the U.S. Recent publications include KNIGHTS OF THE CORNERSTONE, THE EBB TIDE, and THE AFFAIR OF THE CHALK CLIFFS. He has recently finished a new steampunk novel, THE AYLESFORD SKULL, to be published by Titan Books.