Seeking Hyde, with Thomas Reed

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 6 p.m.

cover art for SEEKING HYDE, a shadowy and ominous alleyway is dimly lit by Victorian lamps, the title is slashed across the top in red and white letteringThomas Reed visits Gibson's Bookstore to present Seeking Hyde, a finalist for the INDIES Book of the Year Award in Historical Fiction; a novelization of Robert Louis Stevenson’s struggle to write Jekyll and Hyde and the ironic aftermath of its publication, as the story was blamed for inspiring Jack the Ripper.


About the author: Thomas Reed has spent twenty years exploring, teaching, and writing about the life and times of Robert Louis Stevenson. His non-fiction book, The Transforming Draught: Jekyll and Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Victorian Alcohol Debate (McFarland, 2006), examines the outsized role of Drink in Stevenson’s career and culture. In the course of his research, Reed stumbled across a profound historical irony rooted in the social impact of Stevenson’s famous novel. Only by stepping into the realm of fiction could he explore the strange turnings of the author’s fate in a way they positively cried out for.

Thomas Reed studied at Yale, the University of Virginia, and Oxford, and spent three decades teaching Victorian and medieval literature at Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He recently moved to Sarasota, Florida, to take up writing full time, where he lives with his wife Dorothy and writes each day at his grandfather’s antique desk. On occasional afternoons, they stroll to the local tiki bar to enjoy the sunset and raise a glass to the spirit of Stevenson.

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Seeking Hyde Cover Image
ISBN: 9780825308833
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beaufort Books - November 1st, 2018

Thomas Reed’s debut novel, Seeking Hyde, recounts the fascinating history of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic horror story, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It is the tale of a young author defying his father’s wishes by becoming a spinner of romantic yarns.