Steampunk fiction, reviews and interviews

Final Light In The Lantern: With Stephen Palmer

Greetings! Welcome to to Steampunk’d Lancaster! My name is Stephen
Palmer and I write epic steampunk novels. Strange times have struck the
Isles of Ire – hair-eating Snow Woollies plague our icy lanes, and Daemon
Chariots roam the streets spreading their curse like a plague… So some of us
have decided to re-kindle the old beacon in the city watchtower and keep its
flame burning each night as a way of giving hope to those being hunted
down by terrifying monsters, or evil scarecrow landlords…

Tonight is my shift and never fear, I am well armed to protect myself with my trusty
Teapot Of Bhutan, so I think I will manage to keep the beasts at bay. Now
then, since I’m here I thought I would share some of my work with you
all…I’m best known for my steampunk Factory Girl trilogy. Set in 1910 and
1911, this work follows the story of Kora Blackmore, cast into Bedlam by
her appalling father, the Victorian engineer and entrepreneur Sir Tantalus
Blackmore. Kora and her friend Erasmus Darwin (grandson of Charles) must
escape capture and find out the truth of the enigma surrounding Kora and her

This trilogy was republished last year with new covers by the famous
steampunk illustrator Tom Brown, who also did the cover for the fourth
book, The Conscientious Objector, which follows Erasmus into the hell of
1914 and WW1…I’m also known for my WW1 novel Tommy Catkins.
Tommy, returning in 1915 from a horrific experience in the trenches of the
Western Front, finds himself in an experimental hospital on a river island in
Wiltshire, where, suffering from shell shock, he is given the primitive
treatments of the time. But Tommy is badly damaged by his experiences,
and in due course finds that the island is not all it seems to be…If you’d like
to purchase any of my wares you can find them


you’d like to connect you can find me

Well thank you so much for joining me this evening as we keep the light in the lantern burning. I’m
afraid that’s my shift over for the night, thank goodness it was a quiet one!
I’ve heard some authors have had their spines ripped to pieces up here by
book mavens of the worst possible type – craven cowards, all!

Stay safe friends, whatever assails you, and when times are dark, look for the light in
the lanterns of others and treasure the light in your own…

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