Brymlight - a "Grimpunk" Short Story Anthology (Canceled)
Five hard-hitting, visceral alternate history "Grimpunk" short stories that shake up the romantic goggle-eyed genre.
Tales from The Brymlight Observer are dark, alt-history grimpunk stories, chronicled by the fictional underground tabloid. Blending steampunk, gritty realism, and even flashes of horror and detective-noir, Brymlight takes a new darker spin on the popular Steampunk genre, exploring the oily churning cogs of the human psyche.
This Kickstarter will bring you five exciting short stories that lead up to a yet untitled full-length novel later this year. In contrast to the dreamy-eyed, romantic Steampunk genre, Brymlight hits hard with its visceral, realistic telling. Amidst the rising, ink-black tide of social injustice and class warfare, both Grounders and Skyborn struggle to find the light in a world brimming with untamed emotions such as jealousy, hatred, and anger.
Author D.W. Beyer's writing is vivid and imaginative - His raw and realistic take on the steampunk genre is intoxicating and even introduces elements such as horror, detective noir and even vampirism.
Dust and Blood - Read Story Excerpt - The sinister Jeremiah Wilkins partners up with Sheriff Ethan Drake to confront the demon brought to Knuckles Gap as a consequence of a passionate tryst between his powerful employer’s wife Sarah Hardy and her lover. Will Jeremiah set aside his feelings toward Sheriff Drake, Sarah Hardy’s lover to overcome the demon curse that demands a horrible price each morning? Will the Demon’s curse be lifted from the town and Miss Sarah? Find out who pays the ultimate price.
The Unfortunate Heiress - Read Story Excerpt - When the daughter of a rich industrialist dies in a horrific crash, Marshal Gideon Cooper is summoned by the powerful elite to solve the crime. His mastery of science and detection puts Cooper on the trail of a villainous killer, fighting for his life even as he fights his own demons. Will he live long enough to solve the case of the Unfortunate Heiress?
Masquerade Eternal - Captain Reginald Price and his First Lieutenant Eliza Cooke of the Royal Aeronauts, having deserted for refusing to carry out atrocities against the grounders, find themselves on the run deep in the Utah territory of the British Empire struggling to keep their airship aloft. A mysterious estate perched on a rock spire appears to offer a safe moorage for repairs and supplies only to reveal centuries-old evil and betrayal of the foulest kind.
Drowned Visions - After Joe wakes in the Johnson City sanitarium he finds no memory of who he is and from where he came. The visions of a mysterious woman and a sideshow gypsy lead him to the half-sunken wreck of the Sally Gray where learns a horrible truth.
End of the Line - Preston Whitley’s factory in Fever Rock churns out brym day and night, the fuel powering the greedy and tyrannical elite. Like the relentless supply of brym it produces, the factory needs a constant flow of manpower to stay operational. Freshly arrived in town to stir up trouble, the Nessberts, a brother-sister con couple find the tables turned on them when they accidentally stumble upon Preston Whitley’s ghastly practices of recruiting new labourers for his factory.
E-BOOK REWARD TIERS
The ebook tiers give you all 5 stories, in e-book format.
PAPERBACK REWARD TIERS
- Send in 3 questions that author D.W. Beyer and Chris from LoreSmyth will answer in a personalised video.
- Send in 5 questions that author D.W. Beyer and Chris from LoreSmyth will answer in a personalised video.
- Receive a handwritten/autographed postcard from author D.W. Beyer
- Be our guest in a private livestream, where we can talk about anything. Author D.W. Beyer can read excerpts from the stories, talk about your favourite books, games, food. Your call!
- One story will be dedicated to you or someone you desire - the perfect lasting legacy.
- Limited to 5 backers, one for each short story.
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