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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (12 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586072837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586072837
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,161,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A reigning master of adult contemporary fantasy." Booklist "The reigning king of adult historical fantasy." Kirkus Reviews "Powers has already proved that he is a master of what he terms 'doing card tricks in the dark,' referring to the incredible amount of historical, biographical, and practical research that goes into his works." Harvard Review "Through both innovation and preservation, Tachyon Publications has become one of the most respected publishing houses in speculative fiction." Hellnotes: Fiction, Movies, and Art Dedicated to the Horror Genre"Powers plots like a demon." The Village Voice Literary Supplement"Good serious fantasy doesn't come much better than The Stress of Her Regard." Oxford Times"Great ambition and intensity ... a complex and satisfying novel." Interzone magazine "No one writing today fuses history with fantasy as shrewdlyor as unpredictablyas Tim Powers." The Barnes and Noble Review "Perfect ... like listening to Chopin ... the most beautiful thing in the world ... immaculate ... transubstantial" pauljessep.com "To read Powers is to become immersed in an alternate world that seems more real than our own." Dead in the South "Well-written and overflowing with imagination." Bookgasm "Dark, decadent, romantic fantasy ... utterly fantastic." J.A. Clemens, author, Orlando and Geoffrey "Intricately laced plots, theories of magick advanced and practical, and strange-but-true historical incidents." Green Man Review

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THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE

Dr Michael Crawford wakes to a bed soaked by carnage and the impossibly savaged body of his bride. He flees England to escape the hangman's noose. His only hope lies with the most notorious poets of the age: Keats, Shelley and Byron.

Slowly they bring Crawford to a terrible understanding of the force that damns him as surely as it protects him. For Crawford has another, secret, bride who rules the hours of his sleep. She is as beautiful as she is evil. She is an ancient power that threatens to ravage the lives of each of her lovers.

A masterful blend of the poetic and the grotesque, the real and the imagined, this transfixing novel displays Tim Power's mastery of the genre at his most ambitious best.

"The best fantasy writer to appear in decades"
THE GUARDIAN

"Great ambition and intensity . . . a complex and satisfying novel"
INTERZONE

"Good serious fantasy doesn't come much better than 'The Stress of Her Regard'"
OXFORD TIMES


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Cann on 26 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
This highly acclaimed 1989 novel by Tim Powers has been re-released as a "prequel" to the recently published Hide Me Among the Graves. Having read and generally enjoyed "Graves" I was eager to see for myself what the fuss was all about regarding the first book.

It is lengthy at over 500 pages, but, I can happily report, it was well worth it. With the original premise of following the poets Byron, Keats and Shelley and blending their exploits with fiction, Powers has pulled a master-stroke in the genre of horror/fantasy.

This Gothic novel is descriptive, atmospheric, gripping, gory, chilling and utterly compulsive. Unlike its sequel, the characters here are exciting and charismatic. You really feel for the main character of Michael Crawford and the terrible predicament he finds himself in.

A story that has vampires, nephelim, living statues and a supernatural curse as the reasons for literary greatness gets my vote! This is about enjoying talent, but at a great personal cost.

Lyrical, ambitious, sprawling and epic, "The Stress of Her Regard" sees horrific events taking place against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of Europe: a neat juxtaposition.
This is about outcasts living in forced exile in Europe, being stalked by ancient mythical creatures. Frantic and fast-paced, the desperation leaps off the page.

Its only faults are some anachronisms: English and Irish 19th century poets would not use American slang and terms of phrase for example, exclaiming "Goddamit!" repeatedly. Also, they would not describe autumn as "the fall."

Nonetheless, this is an excellent novel and fully deserves the plaudits it already has, and it should enjoy new fans and a wider readership this second time around.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
"The Stress of Her Regard" is a marvelous and well-researched work of historic fantasy based on the lives of several of the great Romantic poets (Keats, Byron, Shelley). Their muses are real, but they are no kindly Greek goddesses. They are obsessive and jealous supernatural creatures that have co-existed with humans for centuries, inspiring but untimately destroying their lovers/victims. Michael Crawford, the novel's hero, attempts to uncover the history of these vampire-like beings in an effort to find a way to free himself and others from their grasp. "The Stress of Her Regard" is a thrilling work that manages to be both intellectual and action-packed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sally_80 on 14 Jun. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A dark book about a man who inadvertently `marries' a statue - and a rather jealous one at that!

While not quite on a par with "On Stranger Tides" (but then, what is?) this is still a good read and with all the usual Powers' descriptive excellence and the mixing of fictional characters with historical ones. It starts off atmospheric and eerie enough but doesn't seem to keep up that level of gothic horror. Also, although there's humour and some well-drawn characters, it's not as memorable as "The Anubis Gates".

All the same, it's another solid offering from Powers and better by far than all those `sucking up ghosts' novels he went on to write.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Jan. 2013
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The idea behind this book, famous figures from history dealing with supernatural creatures is clever and the creatures themselves are well developed and supported by a range of historical links that make them seem plausible.

Where this book falters is in the execution. The story takes ages to get going and rather dumps the reader in the middle of things without really explaining what's going on or what all the strange terms bandied about mean. The book is further spoiled by the complete unlikeableness of the historic poets (Byron, Shelley & Keats) and the ineffectiveness of the lead character, Michael Crawford, who never really drives the plot, merely tags along behind one or other the poets.

The book does pick up in the final third but still moves at a somewhat glacial pace as Crawford and various poets traipse back and forth across Italy.

If you're into your romantic poets then you might get more of a kick out of this book, but I won't be coming back to this book anytime soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A book that seems to use as it's basis that soom of the last centuries darker poetry, was a fanciful version of the truth. Well written, absorbing, but in many ways original, it ties together many legends with great ease. For many pages i felt as confused as the main character, and needed to find the answers. I ended up reading it all in one sitting and at 500+ pages, that took a while. But well worth the time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2012
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Michael Crawford is on his way to get married. During a drunken evening with his friends he places the wedding ring on the finger of a statue, which he later finds he is unable to get back as the statue seems to have somehow closed her fist. On the wedding night, his wife Julia is brutally murdered and he finds that he is accused of the crime and has to flee to try to prove his innocence. Somehow, Crawford finds himself in London, working alongside Keats in a hospital. Julia's sister, the odd and mechanical Josephine, is pursuing him, but the statue he has inadvertently 'married' is protecting him.

This is a story of vampires, the supernatural and Crawford's attempt to free himself from events which threaten to overtake him. He finds himself caught up with Byron and Shelley, whose fates are also touched by these creatures. We travel from the Alps, the stronghold of the old gods, to an ancient king who has achieved immortality at a terrible price. As events spiral out of control, Byron, Shelley and Crawford realise they must save themselves in order to save their children. Interesting novel, with good cameo appearances by real historical characters, who include Mary Shelley and Polidori, amongst others.
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