James Blaylock has not been a prolific author in recent years, but with the release of Knights of the Cornerstone earlier this year, followed by the recent release of The Ebb Tide a new Langdon St. Ives short novel, he’s doing his best to make up for lost time.
Blaylock is the progenitor of the Steampunk movement in literature and his series of Langdon St. Ives stories are one of his most notable contributions to the genre. The Ebb Tide is a new novel which takes off where his short story collection The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives ended. It’s not terribly long at a scant 132 pages, but it’s very nicely produced, with a cover and illustrations by J. K. Potter, from specialty-press publisher Subterranean Press. Perhaps the best thing about the design of the book is that the titles are done in our Goodfellow font, which can be found in our Steampunk collection.
As for the story itself, St. Ives and his sidekick Jack Owlesby discover an underground shipyard beneath London and take a voyage by submarine into a nightmare realm beneath the sea and confront a villain named Dr. Frosticus. It’s not the easiest read in the world, but it’s certainly an interesting read, and the Steampunk ideas come thick and fast in a heady mixture of Jules Verne, H. P. Lovecraft and Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s a book worth reading and it’s good to see Blaylock back on the job and perhaps ready to bring us more unique steampunk stories in the future.