The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton
(Pimm and Skye)

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1864. London is a city in transition. The Constantine Affliction–a strange malady that kills some of its victims and physically transforms others into the opposite sex–has spread scandal and upheaval throughout society. Scientific marvels and disasters, such as clockwork courtesans, the alchemical fires of Whitechapel, electric carriages, and acidic monsters lurking in the Thames, have forever altered the face of the city.

Pembroke “Pimm” Hanover is an aristocrat with an interest in criminology, who uses his keen powers of observation to assist the police or private individuals–at least when he’s sober enough to do so. Ellie Skyler, who hides her gender behind the byline “E. Skye,” is an intrepid journalist driven by both passion and necessity to uncover the truth, no matter where it hides.

When Pimm and Skye stumble onto a dark plot that links the city’s most notorious criminal overlord with the Queen’s new consort, famed scientist Sir Bertram Oswald, they soon find the forces of both high and low society arrayed against them. Can they save the city from the arcane machinations of one of history’s most monsters–and uncover the shocking origin of . . .
THE CONSTANTINE AFFLICTION
 

About T. Aaron Payton

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T. Aaron Payton lives in Northern California, where he haunts the darker sections of libraries and bookstores and indulges his love for antiques.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Night Shade Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s 19th-century London. The aurora anglais illuminates the night sky, alchemical fires eternally rage through Whitechapel, and men, fearing the sexually transmitted Constantine Affliction—a disease

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City Book Review

“Despite their city’s repeated immolations, the people of London still breathed, mated, gambled, wrote, composed music, drank laudanum, smoked opium, stabbed one another, studied the great poets, built houses, danced at parties, delivered unto him their beautiful dead…and eternally disappointed h...

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Portland Book Review

The book explores an alternative England where a disease changes the gender of its victim.

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Fantasy Literature

When Pimm and Skye stumble onto a dark plot that links the city’s most notorious criminal overlord with the Queen’s new consort, famed scientist Sir Bertram Oswald, they soon find the forces of both high and low society arrayed against them.

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Strange Horizons

The Affliction's effects are everywhere in London, but society proves reluctant to abandon rigid gender distinctions and permit women a place in the public sphere.

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