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4th Jul '16 3:01:55 AM Civanfan
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* MorethanMindControl: It's hard enough for normal people to give up their connection to a nephilim. For people inclined to define themselves by their writing, such as every poet in this book, it's like cutting off your own limb.

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* MorethanMindControl: MoreThanMindControl: It's hard enough for normal people to give up their connection to a nephilim. For people inclined to define themselves by their writing, such as every poet in this book, it's like cutting off your own limb.
4th Jul '16 3:00:18 AM Civanfan
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Received a sequel, ''Hide Me Among the Graves'', in 2012.



* AccidentalMarriage: Crawford and the nephelim statue.

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* AccidentalMarriage: Crawford and the nephelim statue.nephilim statue. [[spoiler:Accidental on ''his'' part, anyway. Turns out the nephilim needed a host to get across the channel and arranged events to get one.]]



* AstralProjection: [[spoiler:Though Werner himself is immobile, he can make several solid projections of himself with which to experience the world.]]



* BlessedWithSuck: It's great being a Nephelim's lover. You develop astounding skill with language and words, and you'll be [[MadeOfIron protected from anything that could ever hurt you]], [[WhoWantsToLiveForever even old age and death]]. And all it wants is all of your love. [[KillEmAll Oh, and the deaths of everyone else in your life.]] [[AndIMustScream And you won't be allowed to love anyone else. Not even yourself.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest

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* BlessedWithSuck: It's great being a Nephelim's Nephilim's lover. You develop astounding skill with language and words, and you'll be [[MadeOfIron protected from anything that could ever hurt you]], [[WhoWantsToLiveForever even old age and death]]. And all it wants is all of your love. [[KillEmAll Oh, and the deaths of everyone else in your life.]] [[AndIMustScream And you won't be allowed to love anyone else. Not even yourself.]]
* BrotherSisterIncestBrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Shelley's nephilim is his twin sister.]]
** Byron also engaged in this with his sister.



* CosmicHorrorStory: All over the place. The nephelim are both far more powerful than any man and a little too insubstantial to touch. All attempts to oppose them tend to be some dangerous desperate ritual. Garlic and extremely conductive or insulative material (in the form of, say, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything highly conductive silver bullets, or highly insulative wooden stakes]]) are the only defenses, and the slightest bit of human error will screw those over.
** A sequence in the middle of the book bears mentioning: Creator/PercyShelley, Aickman, Josephine and various family friends are all living together at a beach-house in Italy. Percy is afflicted by a nephelim and is attempting to ward it off. It's some time before he can fully cast it off, and in the meantime the dozen or so people in the house have to constantly be on guard against nephelim: don't go outside at night, coat your windows with garlic, don't talk to strangers, always keep the blinds closed. The confined nature doesn't make anyone else that happy. Then, one by one, people in the house fall in love with various nephelim that came to haunt Shelley. Most of these people are married and don't know anything about the nephelim, but are carrying out secret affairs with them and becoming more and more lifeless. So you have, essentially, families and loved ones being destroyed by some supernatural force no one truly see or understand.

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* CosmicHorrorStory: All over the place. The nephelim nephilim are both far more powerful than any man and a little too insubstantial to touch. All attempts to oppose them tend to be some dangerous desperate ritual. Garlic and extremely conductive or insulative material (in the form of, say, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything highly conductive silver bullets, or highly insulative wooden stakes]]) are the only defenses, and the slightest bit of human error will screw those over.
** A sequence in the middle of the book bears mentioning: Creator/PercyShelley, Aickman, Josephine and various family friends are all living together at a beach-house in Italy. Percy is afflicted by a nephelim nephilim and is attempting to ward it off. It's some time before he can fully cast it off, and in the meantime the dozen or so people in the house have to constantly be on guard against nephelim: don't go outside at night, coat your windows with garlic, don't talk to strangers, always keep the blinds closed. The confined nature doesn't make anyone else that happy. Then, one by one, people in the house fall in love with various nephelim nephilim that came to haunt Shelley. Most of these people are married and don't know anything about the nephelim, but are carrying out secret affairs with them and becoming more and more lifeless. So you have, essentially, families and loved ones being destroyed by some supernatural force no one truly see or understand.



* DealWithTheDevil

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* DealWithTheDevilDealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Shelley makes a deal with his twin sister, giving himself to her (and apparently allowing her to burn out the creative part of his brain) in exchange for leaving his children alone. She reneges pretty much immediately.]]



* DesecratingTheDead: [[spoiler:Shelley, during his bid to have his daughter resurrected (long story) is forced to disguise her as a puppet. And then some guards he needs to get by demand to see a show...even worse, the resurrection fails anyway.]]
* {{Dhampyr}}: Having gestated at the same time as a nephilim, Shelley is sort of one of these. He hasn't inherited any cool powers, just a much-lesser form of their weaknesses. Also, as something caught between the two different forms of life, humans are disgusted by him and nephilim are fascinated by him.



* EyeScream: Josephine resists manipulation by the nephelim by gouging out an eye to break the spell. Later, she uses a glass eye that doubles as an emergency stash of garlic.

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* EyeScream: Josephine resists manipulation by the nephelim nephilim by gouging out an eye to break the spell. Later, she uses a glass eye that doubles as an emergency stash of garlic.



* {{Fingore}}: Those bonded to a Nephilim commonly receive the "nephilim's kiss", having their left ring finger bitten off. Crawford, for eminently sensible and logical reasons, later bites off most of his left pinky and spits it in a small child's face.



* IfICantHaveYou: The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Nephelim]] just want to be loved, completely and unconditionally, by the humans they choose. And to make sure you'll always love them they'll [[spoiler:kill everyone else you love]] to make sure you're all theirs.
* {{Immortality}}
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The nephelim roleplaying Julia]] in Venice.
* LovingAShadow: Crawford realizes eventually that he never really knew Julia.

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* IfICantHaveYou: The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Nephelim]] Nephilim]] just want to be loved, completely and unconditionally, by the humans they choose. And to make sure you'll always love them they'll [[spoiler:kill everyone else you love]] to make sure you're all theirs.
* {{Immortality}}
{{Immortality}}: The nephilim can provide this to their lovers, as long as their stay in direct contact with earth or stone.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The nephelim nephilim roleplaying Julia]] in Venice.
* LovingAShadow: Crawford realizes eventually that he never really knew Julia.Julia, and that if Josephine's imitation of her is anything like the real thing, he's better off without her.



* MorethanMindControl: It's hard enough for normal people to give up their connection to a nephilim. For people inclined to define themselves by their writing, such as every poet in this book, it's like cutting off your own limb.



* PsychicLink: Those who have been touched by the nephilim can drink each others' blood to form a temporary one of these.



* SplitPersonality: Josephine has at least two: An imitation of her sister Julia, and one which is likened in movement and personality to an automaton. She's prone to slipping into them at inconvenient times.



* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: The cruise of poets has this as its objective - to remove the nephelim threat to the families of those on the cruise.]]

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* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: The cruise of poets has this as its objective - to remove the nephelim nephilim threat to the families of those on the cruise.]]
10th Sep '15 3:34:50 PM margdean56
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* BlessedWithSuck: It's great being a Nephelim's lover. You develop astounding skill with langauge and words, and you'll be [[MadeOfIron protected from anything that could ever hurt you]], [[WhoWantsToLiveForever even old age and death]]. And all it wants is all of your love. [[KillEmAll Oh, and the deaths of everyone else in your life.]] [[AndIMustScream And you won't be allowed to love anyone else. Not even yourself.]]

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* BlessedWithSuck: It's great being a Nephelim's lover. You develop astounding skill with langauge language and words, and you'll be [[MadeOfIron protected from anything that could ever hurt you]], [[WhoWantsToLiveForever even old age and death]]. And all it wants is all of your love. [[KillEmAll Oh, and the deaths of everyone else in your life.]] [[AndIMustScream And you won't be allowed to love anyone else. Not even yourself.]]



* ByronicHero: Creator/LordByron is a major character who provides critical help at key points in the story. All the other (successful) authors that show up (Keats and Shelley, among others) are examples. It seems to a chronic ailment among artists.

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* ByronicHero: Creator/LordByron is a major character who provides critical help at key points in the story. All the other (successful) authors that show up (Keats and Shelley, among others) are examples. It seems to be a chronic ailment among artists.
29th Aug '15 3:41:30 PM Sharlee
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* RiddleOfTheSphinx: Given a new spin, in which "A man" is only ''coincidentally'' a viable answer. The actual correct answer is [[spoiler: sentient life on Earth]].

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* RiddleOfTheSphinx: Given a new spin, in which "A man" is only ''coincidentally'' a viable answer. The actual correct answer is [[spoiler: sentient life on Earth]].Earth]], and the "legs" referred to in the riddle are [[spoiler: the atomic bonds in the skeletons of, respectively, Earth's primordial silicon-based vampires, its current calcium-boned humans, and its future aluminum-boned race to come (presumably robots)]].
17th Nov '14 3:29:33 AM LahmacunKebab
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The story's protagonist is an English obstetrician named Crawford, who is about to marry for the second time (his first, unhappy marriage ended with his wife's death in a fire) to a respectable young Englishwoman named Julia. During a drunken escapade the night before marrying Julia, Crawford puts a wedding ring on the finger of a statue; unfortunately, the statue was a nephelim seeking a human host that would let her cross the English channel in pursuit of her previous host, Creator/PercyByssheShelley. The nephelim kills Julia on their wedding night, forcing him to flee to the Continent. He is pursued by her twin sister, Josephine, who has...issues. While on the run, he involves himself with several similarly affected persons-of-importance, gets roped into both sides of a conspiracy-cum-revolutionary-movement, and slowly uncovers the ties that bind mankind and the nephelim.

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The story's protagonist is an English obstetrician named Crawford, who is about to marry for the second time (his first, unhappy marriage ended with his wife's death in a fire) to a respectable young Englishwoman named Julia. During a drunken escapade the night before marrying Julia, Crawford puts a wedding ring on the finger of a statue; unfortunately, the statue was a nephelim seeking a human host that would let her cross the English channel in pursuit of her previous host, Creator/PercyByssheShelley. The nephelim kills Julia on their wedding night, forcing him to flee to the Continent. He is pursued by her twin sister, Josephine, who has... issues. While on the run, he involves himself with several similarly affected persons-of-importance, gets roped into both sides of a conspiracy-cum-revolutionary-movement, and slowly uncovers the ties that bind mankind and the nephelim.
17th Nov '14 3:27:51 AM LahmacunKebab
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The creatures that feed on humans are a separate species that can be thought of as animated stones. They grant extended life, but are very jealous of their...proteges...and tend to kill their families. They are vulnerable to garlic and holy water, and cannot cross oceans without a human host. They can be "divorced", but afterward one must be careful not to allow them back into one's life.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The creatures that feed on humans are a separate species that can be thought of as animated stones. They grant extended life, but are very jealous of their...proteges... proteges... and tend to kill their families. They are vulnerable to garlic and holy water, and cannot cross oceans without a human host. They can be "divorced", but afterward one must be careful not to allow them back into one's life.
24th Jan '14 5:26:36 PM Ardashir
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* EyeScream: One character resists manipulation by the nephelim by gouging out an eye to break the spell. Later, that character uses a glass eye that doubles as an emergency stash of garlic.

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* EyeScream: One character Josephine resists manipulation by the nephelim by gouging out an eye to break the spell. Later, that character she uses a glass eye that doubles as an emergency stash of garlic.



* RiddleOfTheSphinx: Given a new spin, in which "A man" is only ''coincidentally'' a viable answer.

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* RiddleOfTheSphinx: Given a new spin, in which "A man" is only ''coincidentally'' a viable answer. The actual correct answer is [[spoiler: sentient life on Earth]].
22nd Mar '13 3:43:20 AM fnord3125
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The story's protagonist is an English obstetrician named Crawford, who is about to marry for the second time (his first, unhappy marriage ended with his wife's death in a fire) to a respectable young Englishwoman named Julia. During a drunken escapade the night before marrying Julia, Crawford puts a wedding ring on the finger of a statue; unfortunately, the statue was a nephelim seeking a human host that would let her cross the English channel in pursuit of her previous host, Creator/JohnKeats. The nephelim kills Julia on their wedding night, forcing him to flee to the Continent. He is pursued by her twin sister, Josephine, who has...issues. While on the run, he involves himself with several similarly affected persons-of-importance, gets roped into both sides of a conspiracy-cum-revolutionary-movement, and slowly uncovers the ties that bind mankind and the nephelim.

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The story's protagonist is an English obstetrician named Crawford, who is about to marry for the second time (his first, unhappy marriage ended with his wife's death in a fire) to a respectable young Englishwoman named Julia. During a drunken escapade the night before marrying Julia, Crawford puts a wedding ring on the finger of a statue; unfortunately, the statue was a nephelim seeking a human host that would let her cross the English channel in pursuit of her previous host, Creator/JohnKeats.Creator/PercyByssheShelley. The nephelim kills Julia on their wedding night, forcing him to flee to the Continent. He is pursued by her twin sister, Josephine, who has...issues. While on the run, he involves himself with several similarly affected persons-of-importance, gets roped into both sides of a conspiracy-cum-revolutionary-movement, and slowly uncovers the ties that bind mankind and the nephelim.
26th Oct '12 10:44:43 PM nombretomado
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* FrankensteinsMonster: The inspiration for MaryShelley's story is shown early in the book - the friendly writing contest that gave rise to ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' was inspired because some of the attendees had noticed at least one of the creatures hanging around, and decided to turn the stalker incident into a joke.

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* FrankensteinsMonster: The inspiration for MaryShelley's Creator/MaryShelley's story is shown early in the book - the friendly writing contest that gave rise to ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' was inspired because some of the attendees had noticed at least one of the creatures hanging around, and decided to turn the stalker incident into a joke.
26th Oct '12 10:44:36 PM nombretomado
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* MaryShelley

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* MaryShelleyCreator/MaryShelley
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