Ghosts by Gaslight

Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense

Ghosts by Gaslight is a wonderful title. The font and color on the cover will draw you into a spooky mood. The first story in this anthology started out kind of slow and it took me several pages to get into it. By the end of The Iron Shroud I was hooked. Peter Beagle intrigued me with his tale of beguiled imagination inspired by a long lost friend. The thought that someone could create such an invention is titillating. Bad Thoughts and the Mechanism by Richard Harland and Blackwood's Baby were both favorites of mine.

The afterword sections of each story were almost as interesting as the stories themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the authors and how their individual stories came to be. Steampunk is a recurrent theme interspersed throughout the anthology. This is not a book for the faint of heart. Readers will have to pay attention to details to truly enjoy these writings. A speculative curiosity will help too.

Be prepared to be enthralled, enticed and scared out of your wits, in a fun way of course!

Book Blurb for Ghosts by Gaslight

Seventeen all-new stories illuminate the steampunk world of fog and fear!

Modern masters of the supernatural weave their magic to revitalize the chilling Victorian and Edwardian ghostly tale: here are haunted houses, arcane inventions, spirits reaching across the centuries, ghosts in the machine, fateful revelations, gaslit streets scarcely keeping the dark at bay, and other twisted variations on the immortal classics that frighten us still.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2011 4.00