In Conversation with Stacy Carlson
The Napoleonic War is over, Romanticism is at its high tide, and the great city of London is charged with the thrill of scientific discovery and Regency abandon. Into this milieu, the nineteen-year-old foundling Will Starling returns from the Continent, having spent five years assisting military surgeon Alec Comrie. Cocky, charming and damaged, Will is helping Comrie build a civilian practice--and a life--in London’s rough Cripplegate area. This means entering into an uneasy alliance with the Doomsday Men: grave robbers who supply London’s surgeons and anatomists with cadavers for dissection. When a grave robbing goes terribly wrong, it sets in motion a sequence of events that leads to the murder of a moneylender and the arrest of a young woman, Meg Nancarrow. As Meg is sentenced to hang, Will grows convinced that she is the innocent victim of an unholy conspiracy, and that the conspiracy traces itself back to Dionysus Atherton, an old university friend of Comrie’s and the brightest of London’s emerging surgical stars. There are wild rumors about Atherton: whispers of experiments on corpses not quite dead--indeed, on corpses wide awake and wailing--in a bid to unlock the mystery of death itself.
Ian Weir is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He holds both American and Canadian citizenship. His first novel, Daniel O’Thunder, was named one of the top historical novels of 2011 by Library Journal and was a finalist for four awards.
Stacy Carlson is the author of Among the Wonderful. Her work has also appeared in Tin House, Post Road, Inkwell, Sparkle+Blink, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Signal Fire, and The Arctic Circle. She received the Dana Portfolio Award, given for three book-length manuscripts, and was a contributing author for the collection In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary Writing.