Author(s): Mike Jay
The strange and true story of James Tilly Matthews and his visionary madness. London, the 1790's. Europe has been turned upside down by the French Revolution and the bloody Terror that followed it. Plots, counter-plots and conspiracies seem to be edging England into a disastrous war with France. Operating undercover across the city is a gang of revolutionary 'terrorists' armed with a machine unlike any the world lias ever seen. They call it the Air Loom. The Air Loom works by animal magnetism, sending invisible rays to control the minds of its victims, forcing thoughts into their heads and tormenting them with unbearable agonies if they resist. The gang has control of the minds of politicians and generals and is bent on plunging France and England into war. The only man aware of the Air Loom Gang and their diabolical machine is a tea merchant from Wales called James Tilly Matthews. But Matthews is a long-term resident of the Bethlem Royal Hospital - Bedlam.