By Charles Sheffield
18th Century Europe: it's an age while superstition is commencing to fall down to the strength of human cause, and no guy so totally embodies the spirit of the days as Dr. Erasmus Darwin. philosopher, healer, and explorer of the unusual and the possible supernatural, no secret can stand for lengthy opposed to Darwin's enlightened research. And there are way more mysteries than historical past understands. . . .
For Erasmus Darwin's international is stuffed with oddities that the majority can't think: from unknown beings lurking simply open air the bounds of civilization, to anomalies that even the best usual philosophers should be hard-pressed to give an explanation for, to mysterious deaths that provide upward push to fears of malevolent sorcery.
And whilst the well known Dr. Darwin is named upon to heal a guy demise of an illness that turns out most unlikely, he has no concept that it's the starting of a quest that might lead him to the darkest corners of Europe, and a gorgeous come upon with the main recognized inhabitant of a definite Scottish loch. . . .
• The satan of Malkirk
• the guts of Ahura Mazda
• The Phantom of Dunwell Cove
• The Lambeth Immortal
• The Solborne Vampire
• The Treasure of Odirex
• Appendix- Erasmus Darwin: truth and Fiction
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Faulkner. That is the other reason why I preferred to entrust this matter to you. Mr. Faulkner does not know me well. Florence and I met each other socially, four months ago. We have become good friends. " "No, sir. " "Hair standing on end. For which a suitable medical term would be? " Murchison frowned and shook his head. " "It is known as horripilation. " "Yes, sir. But it is not horra—horri-pil-ation, as I have read of it. Florence does not see gooseflesh, nor feel any sense of cold or terror when it happens.
The rest of us have said quite enough. " The guests nodded, all but an aged aunt of Jacob Pole. She was very hard of hearing, but with wine at hand she seemed quite content and didn't mind missing the conversation. "Anyone who came to hear me will be disappointed," Darwin said. " He glanced around the room, well lit by wall candelabra and ceiling chandeliers, and found every eye on him. " He told it carefully, summarizing everything from the arrival of the messenger at the Boar's Head Tavern to his own departure from the Exhibition Hall for Faulkner's house.
Faulkner stood up. "As I must be gone now. I have a meeting across the river in Southwark. " Darwin nodded, but he did not rise as their companion buttoned his heavy coat and strode out into the gloom and chill of a February fog. He poured more beef tea, for himself and Jacob Pole. " "You mean, if I could not help you? " Darwin was absentmindedly eating his way through the whole tray of cheese and pork savories. " "Hmph. Well—" Pole's reply was interrupted. The young man who had been hovering by the tavern wall stepped forward to the table.
The Amazing Dr. Darwin : The Adventures of Charles Darwin's Grandfather by Charles Sheffield