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In an unnamed Victorian-era city, at a moment of dangerous political upheaval as the leaders of a rebellion attempt to introduce a democratic government, a young domestic servant named Dora seizes an unlikely opportunity: the curatorship of the nearly abandoned National Museum of the Worker. Dora’s motives, however, are more complex than anyone supposes. She aims to solve a family mystery that carries with it hints of the supernatural. While her investigation leads her toward a sinister conspiracy, the incomplete revolution begins to falter, endangering not only Dora, but the city’s entire population.
Featuring a Dickensian cast that encompasses members of every class and faction, from the child thieves of the bowery known as the Lees, to idealist University radicals, to the military men on either side of the fight for control, to the shadowy membership of the Society for Psykical Research, The Curator is an elaborate and immersive historical fantasy with a decidedly modern heroine.
“The Curator feels a little like Owen King somehow brought a curiosity cabinet to life. There are terrors here, but also marvels and delights, and a set of the most interesting characters I’ve met in some time. Put The Curator on the same shelf as other classics of the uncanny and uncategorizable, like Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi and Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast. I loved it.” —Kelly Link, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Get in Trouble
“Half fairy tale and half historical account of a revolution that never was, Owen King’s The Curator is full of sly humor, sensuality, and strangeness.” —Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book of Night
Joe Lansdale will write an afterword for both the numbered and lettered edition and will sign the lettered edition.
500 Signed Numbered Hardcover Edition - Signed by the Author
Product info: PREORDER (ETA: Summer/Fall 2023), published by Gauntlet Press