- The Stress of Her Regard
infobox Book |
name = The Stress of Her Regard
language = English
Fantasy novel/ horror
Ace Books(Hardcover edition)
release_date = September 1989
media_type = Print (Hardback &
pages = 392 pp (Hardcover edition)
isbn = ISBN 0-441-79055-0 (Hardcover edition)
"The Stress of Her Regard" is a 1989 horror/
fantasy novelby Tim Powers. It won a 1990 World Fantasy Award, Mythopoeic Award, and Locus Poll Award. As with many Powers novels, it proposes a secret historyin which real events have supernatural causes: in this case, the lives of famous English Romantic writers—as well as political events in central Europe during the early 19th century—are largely determined by a race of protean vampire-like creatures.
Drawing from European and Middle Eastern mythology, Powers depicts these beings as having qualities of vampires, succubi, incubi, Lamia, fairies, and jinn. Not only predators but sometimes benefactors of humans, they are the basis for the
Musesand the Graeae.
Real people, events, and literary works figuring in the novel include:
George Gordon, Lord Byronand his involvement in the Carbonari
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mary Shelley, her novel " Frankenstein", and her stepsister Claire Clairmont
John Keatsand his poem "Lamia"
John Polidori(Powers does not mention his influential story " The Vampyre" at all, possibly a deliberate and ironic omission given Polidori's fate in the novel)
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