And still the Night Clock ticks...
Phil Trevena’s boss is an idiot, his daughter is running wild, and his patients are killing themselves. There is something terrible growing in Phil that even his years as a mental health worker can’t explain - until he meets the enigmatic Daniel, and learns of the war for the minds of humanity that rages in Dark Time, the space between reality and nightmares measured by the Night Clock.
Drawn into the conflict, Phil and Daniel encounter the Firmament Surgeons, a brave and strange band that are all that prevents the nightmarish ranks of the Autoscopes overrunning us. The enemy is fuelled by a limitless hatred that could rip our reality apart. To end the war the darkness that dwells in the shadow of the Night Clock must be defeated...
Paul Meloy’s extraordinarily rich debut novel introduces us to a world just beyond our own, shattering our preconceptions about creativity and the human mind, and presenting us with a novel like no other.
Meloy returns to the frightening dream worlds of his novella "Dogs with Their Eyes Shut" in this dark fantasy set in present-day London. When Phil Trevena's psychiatric patients start dying, he's drawn into the middle of an otherworldly battle and is soon led to a man named Daniel, one of the Firmament Surgeons, who possess paranormal abilities. Daniel is among those who hold remnants of the Night Clock, which is now under attack by the Autoscopes, who hope to usher in an age of despair and darkness. If the Firmament Surgeons fail to get the Night Clock running again, the fate of humankind, and the universe, will be grim. Skin-crawling dread is explored with relish, and creatures right out of a Bosch painting will please horror fans hungry for visceral terror, but the real entertainment of this novel lies in the juxtaposition of the wondrous and the grotesque, along with wry wit. Delights such as a dog and a tiger that can talk lend childlike awe to an otherwise dark, yet oddly hopeful tale.