Dark Sleeper by Jeffrey E. Barlough
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In the fog-enshrouded city of Salthead, metaphysics professor Titus Tiggs and Dr. Daniel Dampe investigate a series of strange, impossible sightings-from phantom ships and ghosts to creatures long extinct. What they uncover is an ancient, mystical evil intent on destroying every person in the town.

Written in a style reminiscent of 19th century authors like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, with tantalizing elements of science fiction and dark fantasy, Jeffrey E. Barlough's Dark Sleeper draws the reader into a complicated plot featuring dozens of fascinating characters and culminating in a surprising and unforgettable climax.

About Jeffrey E. Barlough

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Jeffrey E. Barlough is a trained biologist and veterinarian with a Ph.D. in Virology from Cornell who has published over 60 research and review articles in scientific journals since 1979. He is also an armchair historian and has edited small press publications of minor and archaic English works.
Published September 1, 2000 by Ace Trade. 496 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There are the garrulous eccentrics (choleric pubkeeper Gervase Balliol, timid elderly Sally Spriggs, waterfront bad-apple Robert Nightingale), aggrieved maidens (such as sisters Mona and Nina Jacks) and their several protectors and suitors, and a plethora of darkly motivated scoundrels—notably re...

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(The descriptions also serve a clever purpose, for they contain key elements and images that serve as identification tags, making it a great deal easier to keep track of the many characters and places.) Dark Sleeper's leisurely pace and stylistic flourishes may put off more impatient readers, bu...

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Sticking close to the Dickens theme, Barlough invests some of his characters with catch phrases, which makes them memorable and generates affection for them — or, in the case of the miser, antipathy.

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