About The Anthology

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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.

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“…Definite knack for the dark, eerie angle of Victorian Britain. I very much enjoyed this.”
– William J Jackson (An Unsubstantiated Chamber)

“This unique blend of horror and steampunk is exactly what I [needed] to upstart my spooky Halloween season. Even if you don’t know about steampunk, I recommend this if you are a lover of classic horror stories and gothic literature.”
– Bedelya Moreno-Roth

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About The Authors

Leanna Renee Hieber

Introduction to DeadSteam

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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)

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Bryce Raffle writes steampunk, horror, and fantasy. He was the lead writer for Ironclad Games’ multiplayer online game Sins of A Dark Age and is the founder of Grimmer & Grimmer Books. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Hideous Progeny: Classic Horror Goes PunkDenizens of Steam and Den of Antiquity. His short story, The Complications of Avery Vane, was awarded Best Steampunk Short in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll in 2016. He lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, where he works in the 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

Jen Ponce

Agony In Red

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Jen loves to read and that passion came from her mom, who valued books above all things (except, maybe, the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan.) She has been writing since grade school, and has over 10 books published, plus numerous short stories in various anthologies. She lives in the Panhandle of Nebraska with her boys, her cats, her dog, her fish, her crab, and a large supply of books that helps insulate the house in the winter and expand her mind.

Website: www.JenniferPonce.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/JenPonceAuthor

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/JenPonceAuthor

Read her Author Interview here.

Jonah Buck

Grasp

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Jonah Buck wanted to learn eldritch knowledge and commune with pale, unspeakable beings that flit across the sunless landscape to terrorize the living, so he became an attorney in Oregon. His interests include history, professional stage magic, paleontology, and exotic poultry.

Author Site: http://www.jonahbuck.com

David Lee Summers

A Specter in the Light

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David Lee Summers is the author of eleven novels and over one hundred short stories and poems. His writing spans a wide range of the imaginative from science fiction to fantasy to horror. David’s novels include The Solar Sea, which was selected as a Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice, The Astronomer’s Crypt, which is a horror novel inspired by his work at an astronomical observatory, and The Brazen Shark, which was voted best steampunk novel in the 2017 Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll. His short stories and poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Cemetery Dance, and the bestselling Straight Outta Tombstone. In 2010 and 2016, he was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award and in 2017, he was nominated for SFPA’s Dwarf Stars Award. In addition to writing, David has edited five science fiction anthologies including A Kepler’s Dozen, Kepler’s Cowboys and Maximum Velocity: The Best of the Full-Throttle Space Tales. When not working with the written word, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Learn more about David at davidleesummers.com

Facebook: facebook.com/davidleesummers

Twitter: @davidleesummers

Read his Author Interview here.

Karen J Carlisle

The Case of the Murderous Migraine

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Karen J Carlisle is an imagineer and writer of speculative fiction – steampunk, Victorian mystery and fantasy.

She graduated in 1986, from Queensland Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry and lives in Adelaide with her family and the ghost of her ancient Devon Rex cat.

Karen first fell in love with science fiction when she saw Doctor Who as a four-year old (she can’t remember if she hid behind the couch). This was reinforced when, at the age of twelve, she saw her first Star Destroyer. She started various other long-term affairs with fantasy fiction, (tabletop) role-playing, gardening, historical re-creation and steampunk – in that order.

She has had articles published in Australian Realms Roleplaying Magazine and Cockatrice (Arts and Sciences magazine). Her short story, An Eye for Detail, was short-listed by the Australian Literature Review in their 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. Karen’s short story, Hunted, featured in the ‘A Trail of Tales’ exhibition in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe.

She writes full-time and can often be found plotting fantastical, piratical or airship adventures.

Karen has always loved dark chocolate and rarely refuses a cup of tea.

She is not keen on the South Australian summers.

webpage: www.karenjcarlisle.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KarenJCarlisle/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kjcarlisle

CC Adams

Sanity Slips Through Your Fingers

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London native C. C. Adams is the horror/dark fiction author whose work appears in publications such as Turn To Ash and Weirdbook Magazine. A member of the Horror Writers Association, he also holds a 2015 Honourable Mention from the Australian Horror Writers Association for short fiction.

Still living in London, he lifts weights, cooks – and looks for the perfect quote to set off the next dark delicacy.

Visit him at www.ccadams.com

Read his Author Interview here.

Ross Smeltzer

The Hunger

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Ross Smeltzer is a social studies teacher and dabbler in dark fiction living in Dallas, Texas. His first book, a collection of dark fantasy and Gothic horror novellas titled The Mark of the Shadow Grove, appeared in print in January of 2016. Ross’s fiction has appeared in Sanitarium Magazine and Body Parts Magazine. His short fiction has also appeared in anthologies by Egaeus Press, Dragon’s Roost Press, and Hic Dragones.

Twitter: @TreesDark

Wendy Nikel

The Book of Futures

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Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she’s left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and elsewhere. Her time travel novella, The Continuum, is forthcoming from World Weaver Press in January 2018.

For more info, visit wendynikel.com

Read her Author Interview here.

Jay Seate

The Velvet Ribbon

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After Jay read a few stories to his parents, they booted him out of the house. Undaunted, he continues to write everything from humor to the erotic to the macabre, and is especially keen on transcending genre pigeonholing. His tales span the gulf from Horror Novel Review’s Best Short Fiction Award to Chicken Soup for the Soul. They may be told with hardcore realism or fantasy, bringing to life the most quirky of characters. Novels include Valley of Tears, Tears for the Departed, And the Heavens Wept, and Paranormal Liaisons. His story collections are Carnival of Nightmares, Midway of Fear, Sex in Bloom, and A Baker’s Dozen.

Links: www.troyseateauthor.webs.com and on amazon.com.

James Dorr

The Re-Possessed

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James Dorr’s latest book is a novel-in-stories published in June 2017 by Elder Signs Press, Tombs: A Chronicle of  Latter-Day Times of Earth. Born in Florida, raised in the New York City area, in college in Boston, and currently living in the Midwest, Dorr is a short story writer and poet specializing in dark fantasy and horror, with forays into mystery and science fiction. His The Tears of Isis was a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, while other books include Strange Mistresses: Tales of Wonder and Romance, Darker Loves: Tales of Mystery and Regret, and his all poetry Vamps (A Retrospective). He has also been a technical writer, an editor on a regional magazine, a full time non-fiction freelancer, and a semi-professional musician, and currently harbors a goth cat named Triana. He welcomes readers to visit his blog at http://jamesdorrwriter.wordpress.com .

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/james.dorr.9

Read his Author Interview here.

Lori Tiron-Pandit

A Visitor At Sultana’s Castle

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Lori Tiron-Pandit is a writer of Romanian extraction with a diverse background in editing, translation, and communication. Her work explores women’s lives and universes, with the legends, dreams, horrors, and labors that shape them. Lori Tiron-Pandit self-published her first novel, Spell of Blindness, and is currently working on a second book. You can find out more about her work at www.loritironpandit.com.

Rob Francis

Barb

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Rob Francis is an academic ecologist and writer based in London. He started writing fantasy and horror in 2014, and since then has had over twenty short stories published in various magazines and anthologies. Recent sales have been to Metaphorosis Magazine, You Are Here: Tales of Cartographic Wonders, Syntax & Salt and Tales of Blood and Squalor by Dark Cloud Press.

He lurks on Twitter @RAFurbaneco

DJ Tyrer

Silent Night

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DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines around the world, such as Tales of the Black Arts (Hazardous Press), Amok!, Stomping Grounds and Ill-considered Expeditions (all April Moon Books), Altered States II (Indie Authors Press), Destroy All Robots (Dynatox Ministries), and Sorcery & Sanctity: A Homage to Arthur Machen (Hieroglyphics Press), and in addition, has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor).

DJ Tyrer’s website is at http://djtyrer.blogspot.co.uk/

The Atlantean Publishing website is at http://atlanteanpublishing.blogspot.co.uk/

Read his Author Interview here.

Steve Carr

Greta Somerset

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Steve Carr, who lives in Richmond, Va., began his writing career as a military journalist and has had over 200 short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies. He has two collections of short stories that have been published; Sand, published by Clarendon House Publications, and Heat, published by Czykmate Productions. His plays have been produced in several states in the U.S. He was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee.

He is on Facebook

and Twitter @carrsteven960.

Read his Author Interview here.

Alice E Keyes

Eira Alba and the Septum Scientists

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Alice E. Keyes grew up with one foot in Montana Rockies and the other foot in New England. Living in two different worlds gave Alice wonder lust. She now lives in Port Au Prince, Haiti with her husband, two children, and two Brittanys. She will move to Helsinki, Finland for her next adventure. When she is not writing, she enjoys getting out into nature by either bicycling or hiking.

aliceekeyes.blogspot.com

twitter – @aliceEkeyes

instagram – aliceekeyes

Read her Author Interview here.

Lawrence Salani

Odessa

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Lawrence lives near Sydney, Australia, with his wife and child. He has been interested in dark fiction/horror since his childhood, and draws inspiration from pulp and classic horror fiction of the past.
His interests extend to fine arts, drawing and painting.
His work has appeared in various anthologies, the most recent being:
“Danse Macabre” Edge Publishing.
“Darkness ad Infinitum” Villipede Publications
“Under The Full Moon’s Light,” “Dark Magic,” and “Pick Your Poison” from Owl Hollow Press.
He can be found on Facebook  and Goodreads.

E. Seneca

Harvesters

E. Seneca is a freelance speculative fiction author with a strong affinity for urban and soft fantasy, as well as mild horror and soft science fiction. She has written original fiction since 2008, and has worked on novels, novellas, and short stories. She lives in the United States.

Twitter: @esenecaauthor

Blog

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.…

Contact

If you have any questions about the anthology, please email me at brycekraffle[at]gmail[dot]com or fill out the contact form below.