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Product Details

  • Paperback: 511 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061231544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061231544
  • ASIN: 0061231541
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.” (New York Times Book Review )

“The nonstop action of this diverting steampunk thriller will attract many readers.” (Library Journal on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“[A] breathtaking achievement, the complexity of which a review can only begin to capture...[A] powerful work.” (Locus )

“[I]nternational metaphysical intrigue involving time travel, Jewish mysticism, and Albert Einstein. . . . [I]t all somehow works in Powers’ wily storytelling logic. B+.” (Entertainment Weekly )

“[An] intense, downhill-race of a story . . . the summer sleeper hit of 2006.” (Denver Post )

“[A] stellar supernatural thriller.…Powers works an impressively original variation on the vampire theme....The meticulous attention to historical and literary detail grounds the story solidly in its period and enhances its imaginative reach.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“A wild and wooly romp-fun.” (Library Journal )

“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.” (Booklist )

“Machiavellian . . . [A]n astonishingly sophisticated and engrossing narrative.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

“A writer of extraordinary imaginative powers.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel )

“In this fast-paced nail-biter... the breakneck pace and labyrinthine plot pull us through history, mythology, mystery, and horror with [Powers’] signature creative verve. ” (Booklist on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

From the Back Cover

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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Customer Reviews

Having figured it out, it was a bit too weird for me.
A. Grant
Since the subject matter is the same, and since HMatG is inferior, I respectfully recommend that anyone considering HMatG read first The Stress of Her Regard.
Steven M. Rich
It's very well-written, has excellent, well-done characters, and an interesting plot set in a well-described version of Victorian London.
David A. Lessnau

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia McPherson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 14, 2012
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Tim Powers sets many of his novels of the fantastic amidst historical events and personages and then tells the tale of a secret history of supernatural tragedy supported by the actual words of the writers in letters and poetry that precede each chapter. It is quite a trick and most would be advised not to try this at home, but Powers always succeeds and sometimes he succeeds brilliantly. Hide Me Among the Graves is one of those successes.

A very distant sequel to The Stress of Her Regard, Hide Me Among the Graves follows pre-Raphaelite painter Gabriel Dante Rossetti and poetess Christina Rosetti as they fight the Nephilic vampires banished at such high cost by the Romantic poets Byron and Shelley. Someone re-awoke the Nephilim and Christina invited one of the vampires, in the form of her uncle John Polidori, into her home and person as an unwitting fourteen year old. Now everyone is in danger of not only dying, but of never resting after death and of unimaginable suffering in either state. The Rossetti family is accompanied by an ex-prostitute, Adelaide and her erstwhile lover, the veterinarian John Crawford, who produced a daughter, thought dead but now revealed to be under threat from the Nephilim. All four are connected to the characters in The Stress of Her Regard by descent, with the exception of Adelaide.

And so the scene is set for a journey through a supernatural Victorian London never quite depicted before, despite the current fondness for alternate visions of all things Victorian. Hide Me Among the Graves reads like a rocket ship and is well worth the trip.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2012
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Oh, Tim Powers. No other author could write so convincingly of fishy ghosts in the Thames, zombie kids and ethereal vampires stalking the Pre-Raphaelites.

For that is exactly what happens in "Hide Me Among The Graves," a distant sequel to Powers' classic "The Stress of Her Regard." This is a horror novel for people with a love of art and philosophy, entwined with grey mist, childhood nightmares and countless quotes of classic poetry -- as well as beloved poets and writers for both villains and heroes.

The Rossetti family has been haunted by the vampiric presence of their uncle, John Polidori, for countless years. But in 1862, Gabriel and his sister Christina begin to suspect that Gabriel's drug-addled wife Lizzie is being preyed on by not only Polidori, but another vampire. Meanwhile, John Crawford is contacted by an ex-prostitute named Adeleide McKee, with whom he once had a brief affair -- and, she now reveals, a daughter named Johanna.

So now McKee, Crawford and the Rossettis must join forces to save the souls of their loved ones -- to save Johanna from Polidori's clutches, and Lizzie from being enslaved as another vampire. When Lizzie dies unexpectedly, they have an opportunity to shatter Polidori's power.

Fast forward seven years. Both Gabriel and Crawford are shocked when their lost loved ones turn up in their homes -- one living, and one undead. Polidori's power has been shattered, but he's determined to regain it by using Christina's blood. Now the odd bunch must reunite before Polidori and his ancient queen use Johanna for their own ends, which could literally tear Britain apart.

"Hide Me Among the Graves" is a vampire novel for people who are literate, intelligent and intrigued by the arts (unlike books like "Twilight").
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Pietersen VINE VOICE on April 5, 2012
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At last foggy, atmospheric London has been used to it's full potential in this supernatural thrill ride. Powers takes us into the brilliant but tragic Rossetti family, as a young Christina reawaken the vampiric spirit of John Polidori (the one time doctor of Lord Byron). So begins a tale of magic, addiction, obsession, hungry ghosts and supnatural beings, who jealously guard their human familiars, violently killing anyone they perceive as a rival.
London 1862, Adelaide McKee informs John Crawford that he has a daughter and she has been taken by a vampiric ghost.
Now the adult Christina Rossetti, along with her sister Maria and brothers Gabriel and William find themselves in a battle to help save the young girl, destroy the Polidori being and so free themselves from Polidori's control.
Winding between the poets, artists, prostitutes and high society to the grim life of Londons 19th century poor, the religious social reformers and underground magicians this complex history unfolds.
They are advised by Trelawny, one of the characters from "The Stress of Her Regard", another tale of supernatural beings by Powers, which involved Trelawny, John Polidori, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Although there are references to this book, it's not necessary to have read it, prior to reading this novel.
The atmosphere, the pace, the settings, the era are all perfectly used by Powers to create a perfect storm of spooky, gothic chills. Using the real people of the time, who did have unusual histories, makes this imaginative plot work on so many levels. It's a marvelous tale, well written and probably, I think one of Tim Powers best.
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