Phantom of the Louvre & Other Tales — a collection from
A dozen short stories whose commonality is an alternate history, divergent technologies and a subset of individuals possessing extraordinary abilities. Taking place from the 1820s to the 2020s, the stories are set in diverse locales.
(Attn: Aeroships will be closer than they appear in the side mirrors.)
London, 1829. Two criminal enclaves battle for supremacy south of the Thames. Second in a steampunk collection from 2015 (notice: no real or virtual steam was applied in this particular story). ~5,200 words.
Listen in on a few conversations that prove 1)great achievements are build from a myriad of small parts and 2) sometimes good comes from being just a little bad. [author points and shouts "Hey look, an airship"] ~5,170 words
When a Hamlet-loving crime lord visits Copenhagen on business, a trip to Elsinore looks like a sure thing. For Jeptha Walker, it seems outrageous fortune intervenes. But then, this is not the 1890's we thought we knew. ~4,850 words.
What is a routine study for his parents leaves a much deeper impression on a 12-year old. A lifetime of loss, disappointment and betrayal is balanced by recollections of a single act of bravery and sacrifice. ~ 4,100 words.
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In the final months of the nineteenth century, Paris revels in being the City of Light. Yet it is hard, and often dirty, work to maintain its place as the pinnacle of civilization. Someone must deal with mysterious sightings, thieves falling from the sky and breaches in State security. Someone like M. Vautrin, confidential investigator... ~9,000 words. [Advisory: aeroships and orange cats play significant roles in this story]