About The Anthology


Reader beware: to open this tome is to invite dread into your heart. Every page you turn will bring you closer to something wicked. And when the dead begin to rise from the steaming pits of hell, only then will you discover that it is already too late. Your life is forfeit.

Featuring an introduction by Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Eterna Files and Strangely Beautiful saga, DeadSteam plays host to the scintillating writing of David Lee Summers (Owl Dance, The Brazen Shark), Jen Ponce (The Bazaar, Demon’s Cradle), Wendy Nikel (The Continuum), Karen J Carlisle (The Adventures of Viola Stewart), Jonah Buck (Carrion Safari), and more…

With seventeen chilling tales of dreadpunk, gaslamp, and dark steampunk, DeadSteam will leave you tearing at the pages, desperate for more. For within these pages, the dead rise from their graves to haunt the London Underground, witches whisper their incantations to the wind, a sisterhood of bitten necks hunts fog-drenched alleyways lit only by gaslight, and only one thing is certain: that dread will follow you until you turn that final page.

And that sinking feeling in the pit of your chest? That fear that something is following you, watching you, hunting you? It is not for nothing. Look over your shoulder, dear reader. Watch behind you. Listen to the whispers in the darkness.

But know this…it is all inevitable.


“…Definite knack for the dark, eerie angle of Victorian Britain. I very much enjoyed this.”

William J Jackson

Raffle brings together a fine selection of 17 “dreadpunk” (gaslamp horror and dark steampunk) stories in this gritty, enjoyable anthology. The London Underground becomes a playground for the undead in Raffle’s suspenseful “Burke Street Station.”

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About The Authors

Leanna Renee Hieber

Introduction to DeadSteam

DeadSteam_Author Photo LRHieber

Leanna Renee Hieber is the author of Gothic, Dreadpunk, Gaslamp Fantasy for Tor Books, Kensington, and other publishers. Her Strangely Beautiful saga (Tor Books) has been hailed as a foundation work of Gaslamp Fantasy, won numerous genre awards, and was a Barnes & Noble and Borders bestseller. Her Magic Most Foul saga, beginning with Darker Still, hit the Indie Next List and was a Scholastic Book Club “Recommended Read”. Her Eterna Files saga is now complete with Tor Books and she launches The Spectral City (Kensington) this fall. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous notable anthologies such as Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy (Datlow, Windling for Tor Books), Willful Impropriety and the Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance. She is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker at conventions and institutions around the country and her books have been translated into many languages. A classically trained professional actress, she is a proud member of performer unions AEA and SAG-AFTRA, is a ghost tour guide in Manhattan, and works often in film and television in New York City, having been featured in shows such as Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum. She is active across social media and has free reads, resources and more at leannareneehieber.com

Twitter: @LeannaRenee

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LRHieber/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leannareneehieber/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1651952.Leanna_Renee_Hieber

Bryce Raffle (Editor, Cover Designer)

Burke Street Station/Newgate (DeadSteam I)

Bryce Raffle

Bryce Raffle writes steampunk, horror, and fantasy. He was the lead writer for Ironclad Games’ Sins of a Dark Age. His short stories have appeared in anthologies such as Hideous Progeny: Classic Horror Goes PunkSouthern Steam, and Den of Antiquity.

He is a member of CWILLBC and the author of The Littlest Dinosaur & The Littlest Dinosaur Finds a Home. He lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, where he works in the local film industry.

Twitter @bryceraffle

Facebook: facebook.com/bryceraffle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryceraffle

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14585685.Bryce_Raffle

Website: www.bryceraffle.com

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The Dark Side of Steampunk

Originally posted on Karen J Carlisle:
Welcome to my guest blogger this week, Bryce Raffle, editor of the  dreadpunk anthology, Deadsteam, which contains my penny dreadful inspired short story, The Case of the Murderous Migraine.  Bryce is also a fellow steampunk and long-time member of Scribblers Den (an international steampunk writers forum). Take it away, Bryce.…