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Kat and the Pendulum is the fifth book in the Kat Lightfoot book series.

Kat and the Pendulum is a tale of horror from Sam Stone the author of Zombies at Tiffany’s, Kat on a Hot Tin Airship, What’s Dead Pussy, Kat and Kat of Green Tentacles.

You can pre order the book here.

You can also order previous books in the series here.

See the full book cover art by here.

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Want Steampunk Fiction? Steve Turnbull Is Your Man!

Harry Takes Off: Astounding Stories of Adventure, A great place to start with Steve's books.
Harry Takes Off: Astounding Stories of Adventure, A great place to start with Steve’s books.

Serial author and all round talented and creative bod, Steve Turnbull is possibly not the most recognised author, but with a high quality and high quantity output Steve’s Steambook fiction books are a great untapped repository of story telling brilliance.

Steve was born a cockney but after five years he was moved out from London to the suburbs where he grew up and he talks posh now. He’s been a voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy since his early years, but it was poet Laurie Lee’s autobiography “Cider with Rosie” (picked up because he was bored in Maths) that taught him the beauty of language and spurred him into becoming a writer, aged 15. He spent twenty years editing and writing for computer magazines while writing poetry on the side.

Nowadays he writes screenplays (TV and features), prose and computer programs.

You may remember the VOIDSHIPS Kickstarter a while back. This so should have been made and I blame you internet for not all pitching in your quid. This would have been a fantastic TV/Web series starring the beautiful Sophie Aldred (Ace from Doctor Who, though I don’t really need to tell you that, and if I do need to tell you that get off my website!).

Harry Takes Off

A great place to start with Steve’s work:

Two sisters. One ornithopter. The African Savannah. And one Army.
Harriet (Harry) Edgbaston and her sister Khuwelsa enjoy their life flitting around the grasslands of East Africa in the ornithopter her father bought for her.
But on a trip to see Lieutenant Schmidt of the German Army they become mixed up in what looks like becoming a major war. Escaping from captivity they msut try to warn their father in Zanzibar – but who will believe a couple of teenage girls?

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Zombies At Tiffanys Audio!

Zombies at Tiffany's Audio  Released 31st October 2013
Zombies at Tiffany’s Audio Released 31st October 2013

Here at Scifind.com we have been fans of Sam Stone and it is fantastic to see Scifind’s own Neil Gardner producing the audio of Sam Stone’s Steampunk horror novella ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S through his audio production company Spokenworld Audio.

‘We’ve long been an admirer of Neil’s work in the audio field,’ says David J Howe of TELOS, publishers of Zombies At Tiffany’s. ‘He’s a great supporter of genre fiction and audio, and so when he approached us about whether the rights to Sam’s book were available, we were over the moon.’

Neil goes on to state… ‘I am extremely excited to be bringing the zombie-infused adventure of Kat Lightfoot to audio, Having previously produced Sam’s short horror story collection ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK AND OTHER BLOODY JOTTINGS on behalf of AudioGO, I jumped at the chance to work on another of her brilliant stories, and bring Sam to my own audiobook label. We have the fantastic Stephanie Cannon back to read, and will be indulging our love for adding music and sound effects. Hopefully this will be just the first of many Sam Stone audiobooks that Spokenworld Audio will be producing … she is a unique talent who brings creativity and incredible imagination to everything she writes.’

‘I can’t wait to hear what Neil and the crew at Spokenworld do with my Zombies,’ says Sam Stone. ‘I was absolutely delighted with their work on my short story collection, and I know that they will do a fantastic job on this book too. It’s a pleasure hearing my characters come alive in this way …’

Autumn 2013 sees Spokenworld Audio rapidly expanding its audiobook range, with a whole host of titles including factual history, science fiction and anthology horror. Leading this slew of great releases will be ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S by leading UK horror author Sam Stone.

ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S – the audiobook, will be released on 31st October 2013, exclusively at www.spokenworldaudio.com

New Steampunk Horror From Telos Moonrise

Absinthe and Arsenic
Absinthe and Arsenic
Absinthe and Arsenic

Telos Publishing’s new Digital and POD imprint, Telos Moonrise, launches this September with two new titles guaranteed to thrill, excite and horrify! David J Howe and Stephen James Walker, Editorial Directors of Telos Publishing, have acquired world rights in a collection of Victorian-themed ghostly short horror stories, and in a trilogy of Steampunk novella-length adventures.

Raven Dane’s collection Absinthe & Arsenic is a varied and spooky selection of horror fiction. ‘I love ghost stories,’ said David J Howe, ‘and Raven manages to effortlessly capture the sense of the Victorian fascination for ghosts and spirits. Her tales chill and terrify while remaining rooted in an English sensibility of honour and propriety. I love her writing and imagination. These are fabulous stories in a classic tradition!’

‘I have known of Telos Publishing for many years as a well-respected bench mark for beautifully produced books created with dedication, professionalism and a passion for their subjects,’ said Dane. ‘I was therefore honoured and delighted to have my short story collection, Absinthe & Arsenic, accepted by the new Telos Moonrise imprint. It couldn’t be in safer hands!’

The first in a trilogy of Steampunk novellas, Dr Tripps’ Kaiju Cocktail, is by noted comedian and big-game hunter Kit Cox, whose alter ego Major Jack Union penned a guide to some of the fantastic creatures he has encountered on his expeditions around the world.

Telos’ Commissioning Editor Sam Stone said, ‘The minute I started to read Kit’s story I realised it would be perfect for Telos’ Steampunk imprint. Dr Tripps’ Kaiju Cocktail merges both the Steampunk and Dieselpunk genres and is an all round, satirical medley of fantasy fun. I was in awe of Kit’s imagination and creativity. We believe it will make an excellent addition to the line-up of new fiction being assembled for Telos Moonrise.’

When asked what influenced his novella Cox said, ‘I always loved the availability of Wells, Verne and Doyle to the Victorian and Edwardian public. Books we think as classical literature that all started as easily afforded and readable on the go magazines, such as the Strand.’ Cox went on to say how thrilled he was to have been signed by Telos: ‘Telos has a good pedigree of strong science fiction, horror and adventure that appeals to the schoolboy inside me. Keeping such greats as Doctor Who alive whilst others had placed it on the “to do” pile. Telos Moonrise expands on this by making real books available to buy for your shelf and hold in your hand but accepts the world of eBooks for the joy of reading on the go. A company run by authors, for authors, makes the reader realise that if the book is Telos Moonrise it will be a ripping yarn and you can dive straight in.’

Telos Moonrise is offering an attractive 60% eBook royalty to authors for books published in its Moonrise imprint, as well as the chance for readers to get physical copies as well. ‘We felt it was important to offer our authors the best deal we could,’ said David J Howe. ‘It’s always been one of our driving forces that Telos Publishing be turned to by readers for the quality of the books we publish, and by authors for the quality of the deals we offer.’

Both Absinthe & Arsenic and Dr Tripps’ Kaiju Cocktail will be launched at the annual Steampunk Asylum event which takes place in Lincoln in September.

For more information about Telos Publishing, then please visit www.telos.co.uk, and for Telos Moonrise, there is a dedicated site at www.telosmoonrise.com.

 

Steampunk Kat is no Pussy

Sam Stone

Sam Stone
Sam Stone, author of the Vampire Gene novels and Zombies at Tiffany’s, is consultant and editor for the imprint
Sam Stone‘s new novella, entitled Kat On A Hot Tin Airship, will be published in September 2013 now Stephen James Walker, Editorial Director of Telos Publishing in London, has acquired world rights to this new Steampunk/horror/dark fantasy novella.

The novella is a sequel to Sam’s 2012 novella Zombies At Tiffany’s, and sees the Victorian Steampunk heroine Kat Litefoot once more adventuring against creatures of the underworld. Stone said of the deal: “Like many of my readers, I fell in love with Kat the moment I put her on paper, and I wanted to see what she got up to after the great Zombie invasion of 1854. Telos are a fantastic publisher to work for, and I’m delighted that my new book will see print through them.”

Walker commented: “Sam Stone’s work always guarantees depth and quality in the writing, and I was delighted when she offered us Kat On A Hot Tin Airship! It combines her keen sense of humour and lightness of touch, with the psychological and effective horror for which she is known. Kat On A Hot Tin Airship will be snapped up by her legions of fans.”

Sam Stone’s first novel, Killing Kiss, won the silver award for Best Horror Novel in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year competition, and her subsequent novels and short stories have gained her much acclaim, including winning the British Fantasy Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and is a noted public speaker and lecturer. Sam’s website is at www.sam-stone.com, and Telos Publishing is at www.telos.co.uk.

The Lazarus Machine – Starring Timothy West & Sophie Aldred – Possibly

The Lazarus Machine - Voidship
The Lazarus Machine – Voidship
Directed by Chris Payne. Written and produced by Steve Turnbull.

The Lazarus Machine is a dark steampunk story told in eight episodes, set in an Edwardian Britain on the verge of war.

Talia Winter is an impoverished Russian emigree trying to fend for herself and her dying father, a brilliant scientist. They are stalked by criminals and feted by the British army, who are desperate to get their hands on the Professor’s inventions. But Talia’s family harbours dark secrets and her father has his own agenda – one that takes priority over Talia’s happiness and the needs of the British military effort. When Talia falls in love with a young army officer, she must make an impossible choice between her father and the man she loves.

The Lazarus Machine features everything that’s iconic about steampunk: Tesla machines, airships, brass goggles, automata, steam powered heavy infantry… and Venusian brain mold.

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That’s the plot of The Lazarus Machine, but its story starts with a pitch for a TV show…. Here’s how it all began, in the words of The Lazarus Machine’s director, Chris Payne:

“Steve and I met via the http://www.ShootingPeople.co.uk film networking site – Steve was after a director, I really liked his script, and so we collaborated on a mini-pilot for a SF TV show, to help Steve sell the script. That got a lot of great feedback but no bites from the TV gatekeepers, so we decided to bypass them entirely and go direct to a web audience. Steve had a script he’d been working on, and I had a vague idea for a steampunk setting – so we combined the two, and Steve fleshed
out the world into a fully-fledged alternate history. We decided to shoot on greenscreen because it freed us to take the story anywhere – not just places we could get locations for.”

And how does he propose to do that? In the first of a series of videos on the making of The Lazarus Project, Chris explains how to shoot on greenscreen:

The Lazarus Machine – Behind the Scenes of a Steampunk Webseries

But what set Steve off in the first place?
“As a screenwriter generally regarded as ‘competent’ I wanted to move beyond being the bridesmaid in every screenwriting competition I entered. Then I ran into Chris on the Shooting People website and it turned out we have very similar tastes. We produced our Monsters – the SF mini-pilot Chris mentioned – which went well and then decided to do the impossible and produce our own webseries with 100% CGI backlot – the equivalent of one hour of TV. It’s exciting.”

The Lazarus Machine – Steampunk Webseries KickStarter pitch

Guy Adams Brings Steampunk Back to the Wild West

The Good, The Bad, and the Infernal
The Good, The Bad, and the Infernal
Guy Adams is to being us his ‘West West Steampunk’ title, The Good, The Bad And The Infernal! Through Solaris Books.

Guy has conjured up a remarkable Steampunk Wild West replete with gunslingers, soldiers of fortune, mechanical menaces and monstrous animals in his first book for Solaris. In The Good, The Bad, and the Infernal, only the brave and resourceful will survive…

One day every hundred years, a town appears, its location and character different every time. The town’s name is Wormwood and it is a gateway to heaven itself. Wormwood is due to appear on the 21st September 1889, somewhere in the American Midwest, and travelling preacher Obeisance Hicks and his simple messiah hope to greet Wormwood’s arrival. But so do Henry and Harmonium Jones and their freak show pack of outlaws, the Brothers of the Order of Ruth and their sponsor Lord Forset (inventor of the Forset Thunderpack and other incendiary modes of personal transport), and an aging gunslinger with a dark history.

Hugo 3D Blu-Ray Review

?Hugo? 3D Blu-Ray Cover

Time for another nosedive in to the world of home 3D cinema, this time in the hands of top notch director Martin Scorsese. ?Hugo? is a sci-fi lite/steampunk-esque family movie based in a post-World War 1 Paris with a seemingly endless supply of top British thespians. From Sir Ben Kinglsey and Ray Winstone, to Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour, the great and the good of British acting talent are out in force. The film tells the story of young Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the secret areas of a Parisian railway terminus. He keeps all the clocks wound and on time, and in his spare time dabbles in some petty theft to get the parts he needs to repair an automaton, the very machine his father was restoring before his death.

Sadly for Hugo he is caught stealing by an elderly toy seller (Ben Kingsley) and is forced to work to pay off his debt. But Hugo also gets to meet the old chap?s grand-daughter, Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), an immediately annoying girl who has been spoiled, thinks the world is a playground and is altogether far too perky. Together they try to unravel the mystery of the automaton, and in the process learn a great deal about the old toy maker and the history of cinema.

As plots go, it is a light-hearted and enjoyable enough affair. If you don?t know your cinema-history then it will come as a pleasant piece of education, and if you do you will see everything coming a mile off. That said, the main plot is rather less ably supported by a couple of sub-plots. One of these is utterly dreadful and completely superfluous, concerning the railway station?s resident policeman (or Inspector), as played by Sasha Baron Cohen. Sadly this character is astonishingly annoying to watch, his motivation is nowhere in sight and the portrayal by Cohen is one-note. You feel no threat or love for this man as he one moment chases Hugo and sends orphans to their doom, and the next he is trying to win the heart of Emily Mortimer?s flower seller. A crude attempt to make him human with a backstory similar to Hugo?s comes across as trite and last-minute. To be honest, you could take him out completely and the film would work just the same.

It is hard to say much more without giving away the historic twist in the tale, so let me talk about the look and feel of the film. Where Scorsese had failed to engage on a character level, he has scored a hat trick with the visuals and design. There is a hyper-real feeling to this Paris, all steam and gas-lamps, clockwork and darkness. It is a fantasy Paris but one you feel is just a short distance in our past. The set designs are beautiful and the use of both CGI and large-scale models work very well. The automaton himself is a work of rare wonder and all credit to the artisans who created this prop.
Sadly there is a caveat to all this?in 3D, at times, things go very wrong. Initially my impression was that this was the most brilliantly conceived use of 3D in a home setting I had yet seen (live action, not animated). The early scenes of Paris and the railway were pristine and used the additional layers of depth proficiently. However whenever a person or item loomed forwards into extreme close-up, the 3D failed, completely. You could see multiple images, ghosting and the entire image became unwatchable. As soon as the close-up ended, the 3D reverted to superb once again. At first I thought this was a failing of either the TV or the PS3, but it wouldn?t do it with other 3D BDs, and reports online suggest many other people have had similar issues. They have also had problems with the 2D version either getting stuck or skipping. All in all, I feel let down by the experience. A lacklustre, if OK, film shadowed by a sporadically failing presentation in 3D. Such a shame, and especially from a director of Scorses? experience.

My advice is that this is a decent enough family film, but try to find the stand-alone 2D BD release, don?t bother with the 3D. There are some interesting if unoriginal bonus features to enjoy, including a rare moment of funny from Sasha Baron Cohen and the crew. It isn?t the overwhelmingly fantastic filmic experience I was expecting, but it is nice to see so many great actors in one place, especially the always-superb Christopher Lee. Rent rather than buy and you won?t go far wrong.

Zombie deal with Telos for Sam Stone

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Stephen James Walker, Editorial Director of Telos Publishing in London, has acquired world rights in a new zombie novella by Sam Stone. The novella, entitled Zombies at Tiffany’s, will be published in September 2012.

Sam is the award-winning author of four vampire novels collectively called “The Vampire Gene” published successfully by The House of Murky Depths. A fifth title in her series, Silent Sand, is due to be published in the autumn. She said, of this deal:

“It’s great to be back working with Telos again after the superb job they did with my horror collection Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings last year. The new novella is riffing on the famous Audrey Hepburn/Blake Edwards film and the novella by Truman Capote, but it’s not the same as either. I enjoy playing with the genres, and this time we have a steampunk Victorian adventure. With zombies. In the famous Tiffany’s store in New York. It’s a lot of fun, and I even have a Jewish zombie wandering around who can only eat Kosher brains  that’s a nod to the character of Shagal the Inn Keeper, brilliantly played by Alfie Bass in the Polanski film The Fearless Vampire Killers.”

Sam Stone’s first novel, Killing Kiss, won the silver award for Best Horror Novel in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year competition, and her subsequent novels and short stories have gained her much acclaim, including winning the British Fantasy Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and is a noted public speaker and lecturer. Sam’s website is at www.sam-stone.com, and Telos Publishing is at www.telos.co.uk.

Two-book Heaven’s Gate Chronicles to start April 2013

A new gun-slinging fantasy series mixing the Wild West, Steampunk, angels, and a town that exists for only a day is set to begin its epic story next year, courtesy of Solaris.

Guy Adams? The Good, The Bad and The Infernal is a weird western, a gun-toting, cigarillo-chewing fantasy built from hangman?s rope and spent bullets!

The Good, The Bad and The Infernal will be the first book in the exciting new Heaven?s Gate Chronicle series, debuting in April 2013. Details of the second title in the series will be announced in the near future.

“Guy’s writing is fresh, exciting and laced with a wicked sense of humour,? said Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Solaris. ?I love a good Western, but Guy’s new series is so much more than that. The Heaven’s Gate Chronicles promises to be a hell of a ride, and heaven to read.”

?You wish to meet your God?? the gunslinger asked, ?well now… that?s easy to arrange.?

Roughly every one hundred years a town appears. From a small village in the peaks of Tibet to a gathering of mud huts in the jungles of South American, it can take many forms. It exists for twenty-four hours then vanishes, but for that single day it contains the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven.

It is due to appear on the 21st September 1889 as a ghost town in the American Midwest. When it does there are many who hope to be there:

Travelling preacher Obeisance Hicks and his simple messiah, a brain-damaged Civil War veteran; Henry and Harmonium Jones and their freak show pack of outlaws; the Brothers of Ruth and their sponsor Lord Forset (inventor of the Forset Thunderpack and other incendiary modes of personal transport); finally, an aging gunslinger who lost his wings at the very beginning of creation and wants nothing more than to settle old scores.

Steampunk Jackets

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Steampunk Goggles

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