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Camera Obscura


“A rollicking adventure…a maelstrom of pop culture and recursive fantasy.”

Lady DeWinter is presented with a locked-and-bolted room mystery. To solve it, she’ll have to delve into the dark places of society and question her very understanding of reality.

File Under: Steampunk [ Alternate History | Reptilian Royalty | Murder Most Foul | The World’s Fair ]

A standalone novel in the Bookman Histories series

In the last decade of a 19th century unlike our own, Milady de Winter is called to the scene of an impossible crime. A gruesome murder on the Rue Morgue sets her against a ghostly serial killer, and on a voyage that leads from the catacombs of Paris to the wonders of the New World – where new horrors lie in wait. In Camera Obscura, World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar combines the Victorian penny dreadful with exploitation cinema to create a wide-screen thriller of redemption: complete with mad scientists, secret societies, Shaolin monks and figures liberally borrowed from the literature of the era – as only he can. Extra! Extra! Read all about it! For the first time, the 2016 edition also includes ‘Titanic’, a short story from the Lost Files of the Bookman Histories. First published April 2011 in US massmarket paperback ISBN: 9780857660947, UK paperback ISBN: 9780857660930