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The Man Behind the Glass is based around a character called Septimus Blackwood, a Victorian photographer with a difference. The tale is set in London’s East End in the year 1860. A mysterious Gothic adventure of a man’s quest to capture life and cheat death through photography. Septimus races against time to discover his family’s long lost legacy buried deep amongst the forgotten rivers and cellars of old London. Unbeknown to him a mysterious old woman looks on.... The story, along with its highly satirical characters escort the reader on an emotional journey into a world of intrigue, suspense and the supernatural. Atmosphere seeps out of every gulley of this twisting and ever turbulent road; darkness and light, creation and calamity. Encounter magical discoveries that will pick the pocket of your dreams for now and evermore.
Greg Howes is a genealogist, writer and historical researcher based in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales, UK. Greg has lived in Carmarthenshire for the last twenty five years, though originates from Thame in Oxfordshire, England, UK. Greg’s work as a researcher has seen him present (and research for) family history programmes on television for both the BBC and ITV channels. He has taught family history (and horticulture, in his younger days) and featured on national and local radio stations answering questions and giving advice on family history and the historical landscape. He has written many articles for various magazines on subjects as diverse as local history, dating and archiving old photographs, and the history of woodland and ancient trees in the landscape. Greg’s is also keen photographic art and design. He has recently released a book featuring some of his work entitled, The Dark Room, which includes fifty (mainly) black and white images of his designs. His other pastimes include walking, watching motorcycle speedway and reading. His favourite authors include - Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Machen, Peter Ackroyd, David Gemell, Jack London, Charles Dickens, Bernard Cornwall, Algernon Blackwood, Henry Mayhew, Mary Stewart, Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Oliver Rackham, Marion Zimmer Bradley, H.P Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Sheridan La Fanu and Conn Iggulden.
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on February 19, 2017
“The Man Behind the Glass” moves along quickly with its evocative language and unexpected sinister and magical turns. Set in Victorian London, the main character, aloof and ruthless Septimus Blackwood is surrounded by a cast of curious and colourful characters. The deep historical research is evident and I was carried easily into the Dickensian world that Greg Howes describes so vividly. I could hear, see and even smell the passageways and streets of London piled with horse manure. This novel will hold interest for those with who enjoy Gothic and historical fiction as well as fantasy, occult and supernatural topics. Various twists and threads weave through and leave you at the end of the novel curious about what may happen next to Septimus Blackwood and the world he inhabits.
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Amazon.com: 10 reviews
Very Engaging! Great Characters.
on September 28, 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
This book is full of creepy scary things, from the shady characters to the creepy exploration of the tunnels beneath London. Greg has done a great job with developing the characters so that I had a vivid image in my mind of each of them, much like the images behind the glass. While reading it I really got a sense of what it was like to live in Victorian England. Much like the tunnels beneath the city, the story takes many twists and turn and you are never sure where you will end up. While multiple plot lines are developed, only one is brought to a conclusion. I would love to see a sequel to see how the adventures of Septimus and gang pan out.
Great read, left me wanting more!!!!
on January 19, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Hello Greg, Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I just finished your book "Man Behind The Glass" earlier today. I was so bummed when it ended. (pout) It left me screaming MORE MORE MORE!!! So many doors and possibilities were opened and left to be explored at the end. Good job! Sincerely hope you plan on writing more, maybe a whole series of Septimus Blackwood books? I can't wait to find out what happens next. If so, I'll buy, I'm totally hooked now!! Thanks a lot! lol! (big happy smile) I give this book two thumb up!!
A great read! You feel like you are there!
on April 12, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful story. Awesome character development. Full of twists and turns, ups and downs and great use of historical references. Part historical novel, part mystery and suspense, and part science fiction. I don't know anyone that wouldn't enjoy this story over and over. I've read it twice already! Mr. Howes details his characters in such a way that you really understand them, but at the same time you are almost scared to get inside their heads. A great read!
on September 17, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great read very well written.
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on December 24, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Ditto re the first review. Perfectly said.