Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side.
For this is also a world where lycanthropy is a rampant disease that plagues the dirty whorehouses of Whitechapel, where poltergeist infestations create havoc in old country seats, where cadavers can rise from the dead and where nobody ever goes near the Natural History Museum.
"Mann's imagination has clearly run wild in this quirky and well realised version of the world, and this is no bad thing. It's fun, it's exciting, and Mann has a very agreeable hand that's easy to appreciate. He has a sharp talent for writing and a surplus of enthusiasm for the genre...." (SCIFI Now)
"The author does a superb job of recreating 19-century London...a thoroughly engaging story. Excellent world building; captures the Sherlock Holmes feel; never a boring passage. Bottom line: A hugely entertaining book. 4.5 out of 5." (SF Signal)
"Fans of Alan Moore's work will likely enjoy Mann's depiction of Victorian asylums, slums, aristocratic soirees, and things that go bump in the night." (Strange Horizons)
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