London, 1862: a city of stinking fog and dark, winding streets.
Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinary doctor John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier and the father of her only child, long presumed dead.
She has recently learned that the girl lives - but her life and soul are sought by a ghostly vampire. And this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is that of John Polidori, Lord Byron's doctor...Sweeping from high society to grimy slums, from elegant West End salons to the pre-Roman catacombs beneath St.
Paul's, Hide Me Among the Graves blends the historical and the supernatural in a unique and dazzling novel.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/09/2012
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781848874053
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Review by craso
Christina Rossetti and her famous clan of poets and painters are haunted by their ghostly vampire uncle the author John Polidori. When Christina was fourteen her father showed her a stone figure that had brought him visions of their mother. Being a romantic, she rubbed her blood on it and put it under her pillow hoping for visions of her future husband. Now the family is damned by visions and death.Two very different people meet by chance on a cold winter night in London. They discover they are both being pursued by the same kind of vampire ghost creature. John Crawford, a veterinarian, and Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, take shelter in Crawford’s surgery. Four years later McKee arrives at Crawford’s door with news that they have a daughter and that she has been taken by Polidori.This novel spans twenty years in lives of the characters. We see the destruction these creature cause as well as the joys. When a person is preyed on by one of these creatures they are given great poetic ability, at the same time they become part of their family and anyone who may take them away from the monsters is killed, usually a spouse or child. The author uses this plot point to explain some of the true historical events in the lives of the Rossetti family such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti‘s love of his muse and wife Lizzie Sidal who died tragically of a laudanum over dose after the death of her baby. Gabriel buried a manuscript of poems with her only to have her coffin dug up to retrieve it a few years later. There are other historical figures in the novel and the author uses these macabre ideas to explain their lives and actions.The author incorporates some of his trade mark plot devises in this novel. It is hinted that there is a dark world under London that we know nothing about. He also takes and ordinary man, John Crawford, and runs him ragged. I recommend this book to fans of Tim Powers, poets, Victorian settings, and vampires.