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Frock Coat Dreams: Romances, Nightmares, and Fancies from the Steampunk Fringe

The author of The Antithesis Progression and The Clarke Lantham Mysteries brings you delicate, humorous, and brutal visions of a future that never was and a past that might have been. Here you will find collected tales of satire, romance, whimsy, and comic horror to delight every sensibility.
Contains a new essay, new poetry, plus the following short stories:

    Train Time
    Sleep, Walk
    On Matters Most Austere
    A Goblet of Fifty-Three
    Angels Unawares
    and Cold Duty, the story that Steampunk Scholar Mike Perschon calls “…probably the single best steampunk short story I’ve read.”

 

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Sculpting God: Bedtime Stories For Adults

The award-nominated author of The Antithesis Progression and Down From Ten brings you a genre-spanning collection in the American Gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor, Ray Bradbury, and Ambrose Bierce.
Bedtime stories aren’t just for children anymore.

Contains:

    Lilith
    Angels Unawares
    The Coffee Service
    We Create Worlds
    Control Room
    The Man In The Rain
    Train Time
    Six new poems
    and a new introduction for every story

     

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Science Fiction

 
The Man In The Rain
The author of The Antithesis Progression and The Clarke Lantham Mysteries brings you a gripping yarn of survival, desperation, and betrayal…

In the year 2127…

Mondu found refuge from the brutal Nigerian IT world in the only place left where a man can avoid surveillance: a pawn shop on a special game preserve in the depths of the Amazon jungle—wildlife, plant life, and human life all maintained just as they were in the nineteenth century. No modern technology allowed.

But when the rainy season drives the tourists away, only the businessmen and the scientists remain, until the day when a stranger walks into Mondu’s shop with more money than God. He wants to disappear—and the Yakuza are hot on his tail.

Included in Sculpting God

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We Create Worlds
Rick is a scurrilous, irascible scoundrel, with a heart of gold—not because he’s warm and fuzzy underneath, but because his heart is devoted entirely to money. His favorite goldmine is his shop, where he vends virtual reality and manufactured novels. He keeps his customers happy, and he always knows the right party to hit to find a pliable college girl with more cocaine than sense. Life is good. But life has a way of doing unexpected things, and the world has a way of changing around the most adaptable people.

Step into Rick’s parlor. Don’t mind the bell on the door or the old fashioned cash register. Buy a manufactured novel, fresh from the computer—a first edition. Sit in the easy chair or lay out on the sofa. Strap on a helmet and a skinsuit and take a swim on Europa. He can be trusted. Really. It says so on the door. In ten foot high letters, right above the shop front, he tells you exactly what they do:

“We Create Worlds”

And they do it on the cheap.

Included in Sculpting God
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Cold Duty: Selected Readings from the Diary of a Gelusian Repairman
“…admirable style…the best steampunk short story I’ve read.” —Mike Perschon, The Steampunk Scholar

“One of my favorite steampunk shorts of all time.” —Gail Carriger, New York Times Bestselling author of Soulless

The British Museum and the Broadman Estate present the edited diaries of the man who single-handedly created the modern world…by accident.

In 1860s Manchester, young Jamie Broadman’s failure to impress his industrialist father condemned him to work in the stables—the perfect refuge for a man who dislikes politics, business, and the hustle-bustle of the factories.

But when his elder brother discovers Jamie’s mechanical genius, Jamie finds himself forcibly inducted into the family business, forever changing the Broadman Royal Materials Corporation, the Empire, and—when he stumbles on a ghastly royal secret behind a secret Mason’s door—the shape of world history.

Included in Sculpting God and Frock Coat Dreams

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Train Time
A man stands in a train station, with a frock coat, waiting for someone. Someone whose arrival means more to him than his own life. Someone who takes his breath away, because they breath the same air. Who stole stole his heart, because they shared the same blood. Whose music moves in his body like a missing piece of his own soul. But with the train lost in the high mountains, will it arrive in time? Or will he spend his last days on Earth waiting in vain for Train Time?

Included in Sculpting God and Frock Coat Dreams

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Control Room
One room…
Infinite possibilities.

He sits alone, with no name. A faceless creature with a single purpose, he lives in a small room. he knows only his consoles, his buttons, his screens–the surfaces of a control room for a great machine that he calls “the universe.”

Included in Sculpting God
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Eyes of Wax
Blind from birth, a miracle of science gave him sight…
…now, the public demands its payment.

In a world where implants make the blind see, the lame walk, and the deaf hear, what becomes of human mind? When public suspicion of the enhanced hits crisis, one man discovers just how much his fellow citizens value their humanity–and how far they’ll go to squelch anything that threatens it.

The author of The Antithesis Progression brings you a terrifying glimpse of the power of crowds

Also contains bonus story: Self-Sustaining

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Self-Sustaining
Theo, a virtual monk, denies his hospitality to no one. After decades of lavish expense, his chief researcher joins him to celebrate the breakthrough he’s been waiting for: the world’s perfect, environmentally-friendly, completely ethical food. And what better way to celebrate than a feast of biblical proportions…
Also contains bonus story: Eyes of Wax

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Fantasy

 
Lilith
Night hag? Dark goddess? Disgraceful wife? She’s been maligned for centuries as the source of women’s misery. That is the story they told in the Talmud.

But this is her story, in her own words. The story of Lilith.

Included in Sculpting God

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Buried Alive In The Blues
This is the way the world ends: not with a whimper, but with the blues.

As the earth drowns beneath an apocalyptic deluge, recently widowed Irene vows to spend the end of the world with a little bit of heaven: Dancing away her last night on Earth to the sounds of the best band in the world in a club just up the road.

But when a chance meeting with a stranger at the bar launches her into a last minute adventure pounding with questions and pulsing with lust, she holds onto the music for dear life as she uncovers the clues that might unlock the secret to her husband’s mysterious death…

Intended for adult audiences.

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Angels Unawares
When police discovered a woman’s broken body at the bottom of a sea bluff in Southern Scotland in 1898, the residents of the small town she lived in began locking their doors at night. Only one man saw what happened, but he carried the secret of her death to his death bed. Wounded in the trenches on the Western Front, he gives his last confession…

Included in Sculpting God and Frock Coat Dreams

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The Society of Miserable Bastards
The author of Down From Ten brings you a dark, twisted tale of revenge, sacrifice, and family values…

Thirty-five years ago, the local bag lady found ten children abandoned in a pit of quicksand by mile-marker thirty-five. Sacrificed to protect the reputation of the all-powerful Chiswick family, their survival remains a well-guarded secret.

Now, meeting annually as The Society of Miserable Bastards, they move through the corridors of power as their adoptive mother trained them to do. Using her blood magic, they visit blessings, civility, and kindness upon the family that tossed them aside. And at their meeting tonight, they will visit the grandest kindness possible upon a very special guest indeed…

Available now in the Kindle store, the Nook store, iBookstore, and in all formats at Smashwords.
 
 
The Garden Pool
A near-future nightmare from the author of Down From Ten

A forbidden pool…
A gruesome secret…
A terrifying test…

Books. Influence. Electricity. Luxuries forbidden the common people—but not the wizard. A man with powers untold, whose very name remains a secret. For two girls barely in their teens, the mystery proves irresistible. Entering his garden one cold winter’s night, they discover a treasure more precious than any they imagined—and a secret that tests their friendship beyond any civilized limits…

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The Coffee Service
In this neighborhood, it’s not often that visitors come to the door. You want to be hospitable. You want to let them in. But sometimes, even over something as innocent as coffee in a haunted house, you get more than you bargained for.

Included in Sculpting God

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On Matters Most Austere
From the Greater London chapter of the Committee to Restrict the Accidental Population:

A comprehensive guide for Her Majesty’s subjects on dealing with the social problems and legal issues created by the so-called “accidental population.” If you are finding your world complicated by vampires, resurrectionists, or the undead, this pamphlet will give you the vital information you need to survive awkward situations with your life and social standing intact, and in the process restore the dignity of the Empire.

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The Lombard Alchemist Tales

 
At The Edge Of Nowhere
Episode One of The Lombard Alchemist Tales
Young men make rash choices. At nineteen years old, with no money, no food, and no hope, one man’s choices start making themselves. As winter sets in and time runs out, he needs salvation anywhere he can find it—in a brothel, a dumpster, a gun, or maybe in a creepy old pawn shop in a broken down city at the edge of nowhere.

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Sunday Morning Giraffe
Episode 2 of The Lombard Alchemist Tales

When five-year-old Aldo wakes up his father at 3AM on Sunday and demands a giraffe, his father takes him on a giraffe-hunting safari.
Because when Aldo doesn’t get his way, bad things happen.

But Aldo’s father might reconsider if he knew the source of Aldo’s power: A talking rat with its own designs on a toy giraffe, which can only be found in a dusty display case at a creepy little pawnshop way out on the edge of nowhere.

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Chicken Noodle Gravity
Episode 3 of The Lombard Alchemist Tales

He wore a fez when he broke in. He also stood on a ladder and fiddled with a soup can, making quite a spectacle of himself at four in the morning on weeknight. But this criminal intends feats far grander than breaking and entering. Defeated by cancer, drugs, his dying husband, and a life no longer worth living, he stakes everything on a burglary, an old TV show, and an extraordinary can of chicken noodle soup purchased with the last scraps of his childhood from a creepy little pawn shop at the edge of nowhere.

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The Serpent And The Satchel
Episode 4 ofThe Lombard Alchemist Tales

A golden summer afternoon gave Albert the perfect excuse to escape his cubicle for a little fresh air and some time at the park. But when his boss catches him on the way out the door and piles on extra deadlines, forcing Albert to work through the time off, he figures he might as well just write off the afternoon.

But neither Albert nor his boss could have planned on a surprise adventure courtesy a broken briefcase, an escaped python, and a mischievous pawnbroker who keeps a creepy little shop out on the edge of nowhere.

Includes Author’s Note with the story behind the story.

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