The Stress of Her Regard

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When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes. Told in the guise of a secret history, this tale of ...

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Overview

When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes. Told in the guise of a secret history, this tale of passion and terror brilliantly evokes the nineteenth century. The chilling horror and adventure blend to create a riveting romantic fantasy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set early in the 19th century, Powers's ( On Stranger Tides ) seventh novel is a horror story that wonderfully evokes the period. On the stormy night before his wedding, Dr. Michael Crawford, in an ill-advised moment while drinking and carousing with two of his friends, slips his intended's ring on the finger of a statue of a woman in the inn's courtyard. The next morning the statue has disappeared. Disturbed, Crawford purchases a new ring and goes to his wedding. The night's celebrations are followed by a morning infinitely more horrifying than the previous one--Crawford awakens to find his bride murdered. Doubting his own sanity, he flees England, becoming aware that he is pursued by a lamia --a malignant female spirit. He seeks help from his friends, the poets Byron and Shelley, who, it turns out, have experience with such a monster. Strewn with literary personages and allusions, the book is entertaining on several levels, but most particularly as a chilling horror-adventure. (Sept.)
Hellnotes
Through both innovation and preservation, Tachyon Publications has become one of the most respected publishing houses in speculative fiction.
pauljessep.com
Perfect . . . like listening to Chopin . . . the most beautiful thing in the world . . . immaculate . . . transubstantial.
Dead in the South
To read Powers is to become immersed in an alternate world that seems more real than our own.
Bookgasm
Well-written and overflowing with imagination.
From the Publisher

“Good serious fantasy doesn’t come much better than The Stress of Her Regard.”
Oxford Times

“Strewn with literary personages and allusions, the book is entertaining on several levels....”
Publishers Weekly

“Powers’s framing of a vast, mysterious conspiracy, with ancient supernatural powers, hidden riddles, and secret societies, rivals anything written by Umberto Eco....”
Blogcritics Magazine

“Intricately laced plots, theories of magick advanced and practical, and strange-but-true historical incidents.”
Green Man Review

“...well-written and overflowing with imagination....”
Bookgasm

"Tim Powers is a genius."
—Algis Budrys, author, The Death Machine

“Doing what Powers does best, by interspersing a dozen plot lines and characters with a bucket-load of paranormal and tying them up perfectly, he has conjured a tale that could be taken from the history books and taught as fact, and no one would even bother to challenge it. The unfortunate truth is that it’s not real, and that’s what it makes it all the more amazing.”
SF Crowsnest

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441757180
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 14
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Tim Powers has been compared to Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and Clive Barker and was lauded by Kirkus as “the reigning king of adult historical fantasy.” His novel Declare, a supernatural secret history of post-WWII espionage, won the 2001 World Fantasy and the International Horror Guild awards. He is the two-time recipient of the Philip K. Dick Award for The Anubis Gates and Dinner at Deviant’s Palace and a three-time Locus Award winner for Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather. His latest novel, Hide Me Among the Graves, is a sequel to his classic supernatural thriller, The Stress of Her Regard. Powers has taught at the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop and has co-taught the Writers of the Future Workshop with Algis Budrys.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    And now for something old and completely different! Think all va

    And now for something old and completely different! Think all vampire novels are alike? Not this one. It's odd, macabre, unexpected, compelling, and at times grim. If you are expecting the typical sexual tension found in paranormal romances, look elsewhere (although true love is well represented). In my mind this novel, first published in 1989 and Barbara Hambly's Traveling with the Dead (1996) are genuine fantasy novels that craft their own myth (rooted in Stoker). In a way they are opposites: the Powers plot starts out normal and quickly twists into wild, while Hambly is so restrained that it hardly feels like fantasy. In both books the protagonists are ordinary people struggling to survive the incredible. After the Ann Rice dynasty I was reluctant to pick up anything that mentioned the word vampire. The Stress of Her Regard was a bolt out of the Blue (picked it for the author and really didn't know what it was about) and I resisted Traveling with the Dead, but finally gave in because I like Hambly. Still some of the best, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Opened My Eyes to Historical Fantasy

    With "Anubis Gates" and "On Stranger Tides" and this book, Tim Powers created a new genre and became the indisputed king of it. The settings are real places, the characters were real people, the quotes to start each chapter are right out of real works. Somehow Powers ties them all together in such a believable manner it will have you hitting Wikipedia every other page to see if you can figure out where history ends and the Fantasy starts. A triumph!

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