Horrific bereavement has forced Detective Inspector Persephone Sheepwool to leave London and make a new life on the remote North Norfolk coast. But horror is never far behind, as she discovers when a body is found at a museum in a decaying clifftop mansion whose shadowy staff is dedicated to discovering the secrets of the sea. Investigating the death, Sheepwool finds that some secrets are probably best left submerged. Trouble is, even the most deeply submerged secrets have a nasty way of oozing to the surface...
A gothic modern scientific fiction horror mystery.
"If you like a book with an atmosphere so thick that you can cut it with a knife, this is one for you"
—Brian Clegg, author of Xenostorm Rising
"Henry Gee may just have invented a new genre—not Science Fiction but Science Gothick"
—John Gribbin, author of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat
"This Gothic novel is a cracking good story, with an intricate and unpredictable plot. It starts with a death—is it murder or misadventure?—and more deaths follow"
—Frank Norman in Mill Hill Essays
"This novel is definitely Gothic, very Gothic, downright Gothic"
—Pat Shipman, author of The Man Who Found The Missing Link and The Animal Connection
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About the Author
Henry Gee was born in London in 1962. He received his B.Sc. in Zoology and Genetics from the University of Leeds, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Cambridge. Since 1987 he has been on the editorial staff of Nature, the international weekly science magazine, where he is now Senior Editor of Biological Sciences, and was the founding editor of Futures, Nature’s award-winning SF column. He is the author of several works of nonfiction including The Science of Middle-earth, In Search of Deep Time and Jacob’s Ladder; and two novels, The Sigil Trilogy and By The Sea.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Imagine... a shuddering wreck of a Georgian monstrosity, perched atop a crumbling cliff on the Northern English coast... now, as the light fades in the approaching storm, the unspeakable love-child of HP Lovecraft and Agatha Christie lurches from it's subterranean lair and looses this book on an unsuspecting world. I kid you not. For readers of horror and dark mystery, By The Sea provided me with almost two days of non-stop chills and the odd sensation of blood on my tongue. While the book is a police mystery, at least on the surface, it is also an indictment of the power of the Pharma Corps and a painstaking look at some very unorthodox biology... or is it? Henry Gee, acclaimed editor in science non-fiction, has made a resounding impact on the world of dark fiction with this outstanding new novel.. There are things in this novel I wish I could forget... especially when the breeze turns towards the land and carries the unmistakeable tang of salt... and something more.