Hide Me Among the Graves

Hide Me Among the Graves

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by Tim Powers
     
 

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London, winter of 1862, 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

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London, winter of 1862, 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 the poet Christina Rossetti and her brother, the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. When she was just fourteen years old, Christina unwittingly brought Polidori's curse upon her family. But the curse bestowed unexpected blessings as well, inspiring Christina's poetry and Gabriel's paintings. But when Polidori resurrects Dante's dead wife—turning her into a horrifying vampire—and threatens other family members, Christina and Dante agree that 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Bill Sheehan
Powers holds this complex enterprise together with wit and unflagging ingenuity…his language is consistently evocative and precise. He delivers a wonderfully detailed portrait of two very different cities: the "real" London with its slums, salons, poverty and grandeur, and an alternate London, a subterranean realm where secret, unrecorded histories take place…Finally, he has a knack for creating arcane, oddly plausible rituals that permeate the narrative. These rituals…might seem contrived or even silly to an unsympathetic reader, but they are ultimately quite effective, imposing a quasi-scientific logic on the most extravagant imaginative flights. The result of all this is entertainment of a very high order, a seductive account of love, art and supernatural terror that only Tim Powers could have written.
—The Washington Post
Locus
"[A] breathtaking achievement, the complexity of which a review can only begin to capture...[A] powerful work."
Entertainment Weekly
"[I]nternational metaphysical intrigue involving time travel, Jewish mysticism, and Albert Einstein. . . . [I]t all somehow works in Powers’ wily storytelling logic. B+."
Denver Post
"[An] intense, downhill-race of a story . . . the summer sleeper hit of 2006."
San Francisco Chronicle
"[THREE DAYS TO NEVER] contains so many genuine pleasures . . . plenty of action, humor and unexpectedly touching human drama. . . . [a] welcoming entry point to [Powers’s] singular fictional universe."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A writer of extraordinary imaginative powers."
Booklist
"Almost despite its wonderful weirdness, this thriller moves at a frantic clip . . . [the] very outlandishness [of Powers’s metaphysics] makes the story all the more compelling."
New York Times Book Review
"Endlessly inventive . . . You might finish this overstuffed novel still unsure about the connection between Einstein and astral projection, but if you give in to Powers’s imaginative leaps and relentless pacing you may find that a mere quibble."
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"For those who have never read Powers before, THREE DAYS TO NEVER might be a welcoming entry point to his singlular fictional universe."
Rocky Mountain News
"Grade: A . . . Powers never fails to reward readers with fascinating and believable tales that take them just beyond the edges of reality. Combining historical fact, science-fiction and thriller pacing, THREE DAYS TO NEVER is worth the wait. . . . Savor THREE DAYS TO NEVER."
Library Journal
The late John Polidori, author of The Vampyre, returns to Victorian London to haunt his young relations, Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his sister, poet Christina. Polidori's malevolent presence prompts the siblings to join forces with a reformed prostitute and the father of her missing child, whose life is also threatened by Polidori, to destroy the vampiric creature. This is a semi-sequel to The Stress of Her Regard (1990), a supernatural take on the Romantic poets, from the always inventive and genre-blending Powers. VERDICT A fascinating exploration of the fine line between inspiration and insanity, this horror/historical fiction/adrenalin blend will make your flesh creep and your heart pound.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062101280
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
39,231
File size:
798 KB

Meet the Author

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels including Hide Me Among the Graves, Three Days to Never, Declare, Last Call, and On Stranger Tides, which inspired the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award twice, and the World Fantasy Award three times. He lives in San Bernardino, California.

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Hide Me Among the Graves: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Irishgypsy88 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as an escapist read. The character plots jumped around a bit, so I had to really pay attention to make sure I understood who we were talking about and what the situation was, but I felt sympathy for the characters, particularly John Crawford, who seems brought into everything kicking and screaming. I never appreciate it when someone does something for another person's "own good," because it's really themselves they are helping and I saw that in the character of Adelaide McKee. I was also rooting for Johanna and thought she was a strongly writte character. The Rosettis were largely just annoying, as I felt they were responsible for almost everything that happened to them through their own foolish choices. As I said, I did like this book. It's the type I would read in-between more serious novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! When first starting this book I was a little uncertain about whether I should continue reading. But when I did, I was absolutely hooked. Tim Powers is a great author who really got me interested in the commonness of ghosts and how people deal with that. I did feel a little resentful towards Christina for making such an unwise decision, but my anger was soon lost when the action came in. The storyline was interesting with such a large conflict. The characters all had stories of their own, and I especially loved Trelawny. He was such a rude but clever old man who did lots of bad earlier in his life but did feel remorse for his actions. He was kind to Johanna (somewhat) and Christina. Most of the characters in this book were real people and Tim Powers got all the dates right on their deaths and births. It was an interesting spin on real figures in the past.I also noticed that every major event in the book would happen after a rest period of 7 years. Odd, but still an enthralling and action-packed book. I loved the story and Powers' writing. Do read this book! 
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