John Paul Catton
"Moonlight, Murder & Machinery":
I am a British writer, currently living in Japan, specializing in alternative history.
Mary Godwin has a recurring dream of a young man and falls in love with him. She eventually meets him in reallife. It sounds perfect - but the young man is one of His Majesty's Geomancers,and in the dream, she sees him shot dead in the line of duty... This is theyear 1814 in the nation of Nova Albion, a land governed by Druidic law, poweredby telluric energy from the national grid of standing stones, and underconstant threat from the forces of the Thermidorian Convention across theChannel. Master Shelley is the youngest recruit to HMG, King James IV'scounter-intelligence unit, and now the object of Mary's affections. He wantsher to stay out of danger, but she wants him to stay alive - as he facesenemies of the Crown such as the highwayman Billy Barebones, the grotesqueexperiments of Dr. Andrew Ravenhill, and the shadowy agents of theDodecahedron. Can Mary stop the events foretold in her nightmare fromhappening? Moonlight, Murder & Machinery is a Gothic re-imagining of theFrankenstein story, set in a Steampunk Regency England - where Steam has beenoutlawed ...
What strange fate awaits you ... beyond tomorrow?
This collection of short stories and novellas includes visionsof alternative history, where alterations of events and technology haveproduced worlds eerily different from our own.
From a traumatized Spiritualist medium trying to redeem himself in a bizarre Steampunk London, to otherworldly angels that haunt the trenches of World War I ... from a team of super-powered vigilantes fighting to keep order in a seventies New York City gone mad, to a TV evangelist preaching to an environmentally devastated Europe ... these stories will propel you from one reality to another, like a giant cosmic pinball machine.
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