The Lost History of Dreams

The Lost History of Dreams A post mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirtee

  • Title: The Lost History of Dreams
  • Author: Kris Waldherr
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A post mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.All love stories are ghost stories in disguise.When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstea A post mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.All love stories are ghost stories in disguise.When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task transport Hugh s remains for burial in a chapel This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.However, Ada s grief stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle s story of Ada and Hugh s ill fated marriage over the course of five nights.As the mystery of Ada and Hugh s relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert s own marriage including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn t things from beyond the grave.Kri

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    About “Kris Waldherr

    • Kris Waldherr

      Kris Waldherr is an award winning author and illustrator whose books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as utterly satisfying and deliciously perverse The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit Book of the Month Club s Top Ten Most Popular Book Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by th Kris Waldherr is an award winning author and illustrator whose books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as utterly satisfying and deliciously perverse The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit Book of the Month Club s Top Ten Most Popular Book Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its quality of myth and magic Waldherr is also the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print Her debut novel The Lost History of Dreams will be published by Atria Books in April 2019



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    • I had the good fortune of reading an early copy of The Lost History of Dreams In this accomplished debut, Kris Waldherr transports the reader to the fascinating world of Victorian England and its tradition of post mortem photography with a deft hand An atmospheric tale of lost love, family secrets, and an inquiry into how our own histories define us, I relished every poetic page Mesmerizing, lyrical, and deliciously brooding, The Lost History of Dreams is a terrific contribution to Gothic lit I [...]


    • Updated with my cover quote Wuthering Heights meets Penny Dreadful in Kris Waldherr s LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS, a dark Victorian epic of obsessive love, thwarted genius, and ghostly visitations When Byronic poet Hugh de Bonne dies mysteriously, post mortem photographer Robert Highstead is propelled into a dark quest to fulfill the poet s dying wish and reunite two long dead lovers Still locked in obsessive grief for his own lost wife, Robert must confront his own demons as well as Hugh s if Update [...]


    • The Lost History of Dreams is historical fiction It is also a delicate nesting of two love stories It is a slim volume of romantic poetry It is a gothic mystery It is even, arguably, a scholarly investigation of such varied topics as Ovid, daguerreotyping, stained glass, and ornithology The prose is exquisite, the characters compelling, and the rendering of Victorian England feels deliciously exact Waldherr has created here something very lovely and unique.


    • I read THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS in manuscript form and was totally enthralled Can t wait until others can read it, too Review will appear prior to publication.


    • Love stories are ghost stories in disguise Kris Waldherr s THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS is a lush fever dream of a book From its first pages there is a sense of disconnection from the mundane world Robert Highstead, daguerreotypist of the dead, has severed all ties to anything and anyone that might stand between him and his love Forced to perform a grim and unpleasant errand, Robert will ultimately have to confront his past and everything he holds dear.Waldherr expertly establishes the threads Lov [...]


    • With a tag line like every love story is a ghost story, I expected THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS to be haunting, but I was still not prepared to be sucked in to the rich underworld through which Kris Waldherr s wraithlike characters flicker Like Orpheus, be prepared to look back and wonder what is real and what is fantastic With tales nested in tales told by narrators of varying reliability, TLHOD will keep you guessing until the last riveting page Waldherr s storytelling will grip you and lea With [...]


    • A gothic novel with daguerrotypes of the dead, two tragic love stories, romantic poetry, and a couple ghosts for good measure Quite readable, I finished it in just two sittings If you like the kind of book where one character promises to tell a story over five nights, this is a book that will make you happy.While it s quite successful, ultimately I think there may be one too many pieces in this puzzle It definitely keeps the plot moving forward with a few different mysterious threads to pull A g [...]


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