James P. Blaylock (born September 20, 1950) is an American fantasy author.
Blaylock is noted for his distinctive style. He writes in a humorous way: His characters never walk, they clump along, or when someone complains (in a flying machine) that flight is impossible, the other characters agree and show him why he's right!
He invented the poet William Ashbless along with Tim Powers.
A number of Blaylock's novels can be arranged in groups of three by sharing a common setting, characters or style but all his books stand alone and there are no strict literary trilogies amongst them.
The "Balumnia" Trilogy
Perhaps best described as children's stories for adults.
The Elfin Ship (1982)
The Disappearing Dwarf (1983)
The Stone Giant (1989)
The "St. Ives" Trilogy
Steampunk-ish — the latter two are set in Victorian England.
The Digging Leviathan (1984)
Lord Kelvin's Machine (1992)
The "Christian" Trilogy
Present-day fantasy using Christian elements — such as the Holy Grail and the silver coins paid to Judas — without being in any way "religious".
The Last Coin (1988)
The Paper Grail (1991)
All The Bells On Earth (1995)
The "Ghosts" Trilogy
Present-day Californian ghost stories.
Night Relics (1994)
Winter Tides (1997)
The Rainy Season (1999)
Land of Dreams (1987)
Thirteen Phantasms (2000) Short story collection
The Man in the Moon (2002) Original manuscript of The Elfin Ship
The Devils in the Details (2003) Short story collaboration with Tim Powers
In For A Penny (2003) Short story collection