Steampunk Fiction

Gotham by Gaslight


Though I write young adult steampunk fiction, I am, admittedly, new to the genre and have been frantically absorbing as many titles as my schedule allows. The first novel I read was Gail Carriger’s, Souless – what a glorious read! Steampunk AND paranormal. This, I thought, was the perfect blend…and then of course, as usually occurs when one has read great fiction, my own ideas began to churn. But I digress.  I recommend you dive into the Carriger’s entire Parasol Protectorate series.

Since then I’ve been imbibing the origins of STEAM: Verne, Wells, Wilde, and the legendary Doyle. As well as current samplings, fellow Canadians, Arthur Slade and his Hunchback Assignments, and Kenneth Oppel’s Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein are favourites, as are Cherie Priest, Philip Pullman, Kady Cross…this list is ever growing.

However, the best find so far has been one made accidentally. I was perusing the shelves of a second hand store when I stumbled upon a small comic book that set my pulse pounding. Victorian Era…Batman. That’s right. Such a beauteous thing exists and I have a copy. Of course Batman is the perfect steampunk hero – he’s a man with gadgets, a dark past and an olympian sense of honour. He foils mad scientists and villains. And in Gotham by Gaslight…oh how he shines when he takes on Jack the Ripper.

The blurb:

What would the Gotham City of 100 years ago have been like? In an age of mystery and superstition how would the people of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike? Some would live in terror. Others would rest easier. Only one man would take no notice at all…a man with other matters to attend to. His name? No one knows for sure. Most people know him only as Jack. Jack the Ripper.

I’m now on a mission to track down every comic in this series (there MUST be more), as well as to hunt for other steampunk graphic novels. Fire any suggestions my way.




Introduction to Strangeways

The Gilded Age was a time of great opulence and materialism. However, it also sparked generous philanthropic efforts, such as those by Andrew Carnegie who privately funded public libraries around North America. Even Edmonton, Alberta (my home away from home) has a Carnegie connection to the historic library in Old Strathcona.

In light of this charitable giving and promotion of literacy, I hope you will purchase a copy of SPIRITED, an anthology of 13 ghostly tales by best-selling and debut young adult authors. Proceeds from SPIRITED go to 826 National, a literacy-based charity. While not a full steampunk anthology, my story, STRANGEWAYS VERSUS THE WRAITH is of the genre, and  Shannon Delany’s TO HEL AND BACK is a cyberpunk tale. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Dawn Dalton’s THREAD OF THE PAST which hails steampunk fashions. Not to mention the tales from Maria V. Snyder, Candace Havens, etc.

You can find SPIRITED in ebook format now, and in print in March 2012.

Do watch the trailer, it might intrigue you…



And so it begins

Over the next few days this information portal of all things STRANGEWAYS will take shape. And the shape we hope it takes should be rather fetching.