The Paper Grailby James P. Blaylock
There's old Heloise Lamey, whose lush and noxious garden is watered with blood, ink, and stranger
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Howard Barton came to Mendocino in search of a folded scrap of paper. Not just any old scrap of paper, but one bearing what might be a sketch by the legendary Japanese artist, Hoku-sai. But Howard, unfortunately, is not the only one who wants the sketch...
There's old Heloise Lamey, whose lush and noxious garden is watered with blood, ink, and stranger substances.
And the enigmatic Mr. Jimmers, whose workshop holds a bizarre invention designed to raise the dead.
Even Howard's Uncle Roy, a builder of haunted houses and founder of The Museum of Modern Mysteries, has an interest in the sketch.
In Northern California, nothing is what it appears, but everything is connected - Howard is led to a mysterious private war between secret, underground societies. Now Howard just needs to figure whose side he's on in the quest for the Paper Grail.
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James P. Blaylock was mentored by Philip K. Dick, along with K.W. Jeter and Tim Powers, and is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk. Winner of two World Fantasy Awards and a Philip K. Dick Award, he is director of the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts and a professor at Chapman University, where he has taught for 20 years.
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Blaylock weaves masterpieces of magic in modern life. The Paper Grail has it all, sympathetic characters, historical allusions, myth and magic! Wonderful.