Charles A Cornell
Does your heart beat faster in the dark than in the daylight? Do your hands tingle under the touch of copper and brass? Then The Most Peculiar Tales are sure to satisfy. Six paranormal tales set in a steampunk world. Steampunk Britannia, 1872 Come with me my friends, back to a time that never was, to places familiar in many ways but so peculiar in others. To a land of hope and despair, whisked by the beat of the Great Mechanization. To the cobbles of a city pumped with steam and brazen with intrigue. To a nation lost in time, imperiled by spectres from another dimension. From the pomp of The Imperial Quarter to the slums of Pritchard’s Green. From the furnaces and ironworks of The Barrens to The Theatre Macabre. Join Professor Carr and Jeremiah Boone on six amazing adventures as they unravel metaphysical mysteries, battle deranged scientists and diabolical daemons, and travel through the aether. Danger lurks, in both the known and the unknown. Bring your fear, for overcoming it will strengthen you. Bring your heart, for its passion will comfort you. But most of all, bring your wits. Your journey will be well guided, by those whose curiosity probes the foundation of our psyche and whose skills are the craft of the bizarre. Join Professor Atticus Carr, and his assistant Jeremiah Boone, as they travel the darkest alleys, and the even darker aether, to bring you The Most Peculiar Tales. The Reversible Man ...A mad scientist creates a trail of murder and larceny. Professor Carr must capture The Reversible Man before the professor is sent to the gallows for a crime he didn’t commit. Suddenville...A sleepy coastal hamlet is terrorized by daemons. Why are they abducting the villagers and can Professor Carr reach beyond our dimension to get them back? A Most Peculiar Time...The haunting of a castle requires Professor Carr to open portals to Heaven and Hell to save a family from three dueling spectres. The Darwin Room...A creature is unleashed by a twisted experiment that attempts to advance the theory of evolution. Soul Ripper...A young girl has been taken hostage and her soul ripped from her body. Professor Carr enlists the help of a most unusual psychic medium to bring the culprit to justice. Theatre Macabre...An assassin stalks the theater in a plot to kill a member of the Imperial Family. With help from a magic hummingbird, Jeremiah must intercept the anarchist before he prevails.
Each single story is a ridiculously low price!
Try one and come back for more!
Six Peculiar Tales
A Most Peculiar Time
Harandon Hall has been besieged by the most dreadful poltergeist phenomena, occurring at the most peculiar time. Professor Atticus Carr of the Institute for the Investigation of Peculiarities, and his assistant Jeremiah Boone, must use all of their wits and all the paranormal technology at their disposal to purge the castle of its trio of dueling spectres.
A classic ghost story brimming with horror, fantasy, and weird science, set in a steampunk world.
A young woman has disappeared. Her twin sister has seen her spirit wandering the streets. Convinced her sister is still alive and not a ghost, she engages Professor Atticus Carr of the Institute for the Investigation of Peculiarities. Together they visit an unusual psychic medium, Madame Jeanette, who specializes in ‘traveling’ - the peculiar science of 'out of body' conveyance.
A séance reveals clues to the missing girl’s whereabouts, setting in motion a desperate hunt for her abductor. What Professor Carr finds in a deserted warehouse tests the boundaries of the paranormal, resulting in a confrontation with a deranged doctor who collects young women’s souls like butterflies.
In a sleepy hamlet in the country of Aquitaine, townsfolk have been abducted by daemons of the night. With his village terrorized, the Burgher of Suddenville calls upon Professor Atticus Carr of the Institute for the Investigation of Peculiarities to identify the nature of the night crawlers. Equipped with the latest instruments of his paranormal trade, Professor Carr delves into a mystery steeped in mythology. Answers lay in the origins of an ancient urn and with a mysterious woman visited nightly by one of the daemons. Can Professor Carr unlock a portal into another dimension and rescue the villagers before they are lost in the aether forever?
A tale of fantasy and horror in the steampunk world of Professor Atticus Carr.
The Darwin Room
A dragon is eating the Queen's corgis. The problem is, in steampunk Britannia, there are no dragons. What is this monster? And where did it come from? When Professor Atticus Carr of the Institute for the Investigation of Peculiarities, and his assistant Jeremiah Boone, are called in by the Palace to investigate they follow the monster's bloody trail and uncover a secret that threatens the social order. Inside one of the royal residences is a laboratory called The Darwin Room, where diabolical experiments are underway to advance the theory of evolution.
The Most Peculiar Tales
The Anthology (eBook or Print)
Does your heart beat faster in the dark than in the daylight? Do your hands tingle under the touch of copper and brass? Then The Most Peculiar Tales are sure to satisfy. Six paranormal tales set in a steampunk world.
From the pomp of The Imperial Quarter to the slums of Pritchard’s Green. From the furnaces and ironworks of The Barrens to The Theatre Macabre. Join Professor Carr and Jeremiah Boone on six amazing adventures as they unravel metaphysical mysteries, battle deranged scientists and diabolical daemons, and travel through the aether.
The Reversible Man
Professor Atticus Carr is accused of murdering a rich aristocrat he’d never met, in a place he’d never been before or traveled since, at a time when he lay sick with fever. But the evidence against him is overwhelming. Witnesses attest to the professor’s attendance at the crime scene and to his exact description, down to the details of his famous goatee and wearing the theatrical clothes that made him a celebrity as an illusionist at the Theatre Macabre.
Professor Carr proclaims his innocence and surmises he fell victim to a deranged doctor whose Trans-Aural Topographical Machine duplicated the professor’s face, allowing him to abscond with the professor’s identity.
As The Reversible Man initiates more high crimes, how can Professor Carr exonerate himself before he’s hung for murder?
To say the Theatre Macabre is not an establishment of considerable import, not just in Londinium but in the entire world of the performing arts, would be a crime of impropriety. And speaking of crime, the theatre has, on more than one occasion, been the site of murder and mayhem.
This is one of those tales. A tale of intrigue and espionage, a tale of ghostly wanderings and magical interventions, rooted in a tale of lost love.
With help from the aether, Jeremiah Boone, assistant to Professor Atticus Carr of the Institute for the Investigation of the Peculiarities, revisits a personal tragedy in the hunt for an assassin preparing to strike at the Imperial Family during a performance at the Theatre Macabre.