Howell’s much-celebrated stories interweave elements of the commonplace with darkness, subterfuge and sheer weirdness, all realised with natural narrative flair. In this striking new collection, we see Howell explore a wide range of cultures, including Hawaii, Portugal and Japan, alongside these are period tales, and sinister and sexual encounters, all related with a cool eye for our desires and obsessions.
‘Throughout the novel we get glimpses into the power of art to create illusion and beauty. We see famous artists struggle with new inventions and ideas. Howell makes the characters real through his mesmerizing writing style. This novel is not only a must read for art lovers and the historically inclined, but for any reader who enjoys a fast paced story that takes them below the surface of appearances.’ —The Richmond Review
‘Howell’s writing, by turns powerful, chilling and touching, makes demands of the reader.’ —Nels Stanley, The British Fantasy Society