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Steampunk Fortnight

The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack (Excerpt)

, || London, 1861. Sir Richard Francis Burton - explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne - unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade, for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin! Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age, and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn't exist at all!

Steam (Punk)?

No matter where or when a steampunk story is set, its roots are embedded in Victorian/Edwardian Britain. It gleefully lifts from that age the fogs and gas lamps, the locomotives and hansom cabs, the top hats and crinolines, the manners and—good Lord!—the language. It adds to this mix its icon of choice: the airship, which didn’t actually exist during Victoria’s reign, but which seems to best symbolise the idea of a glorious, expanding, and unstoppable empire. 

All this adds up to a fantastic arena in which to tell tall tales.

There is, though, a problem.

[Where, exactly, is the punk?]

Series: Steampunk Fortnight

The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack (Excerpt)

We hope you enjoy this excerpt from our friends at Pyr Books!

Chapter One
The Aftermath of Africa

 

“By God! He’s killed himself!” Sir Richard Francis Burton staggered back and collapsed into his chair.

The note Arthur Findlay had passed to him fluttered to the floor. The other men turned away, took their seats, examined their fingernails, and fiddled with their shirt collars; anything to avoid looking at their stricken colleague.

[From where she stood on the threshold….]

Series: Steampunk Fortnight