Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
Jack Dann has written and edited over sixty books, including Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction; More Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction (Jewish Lights); and the international bestselling novel about Leonardo da Vinci, The Memory Cathedral. Already translated into ten languages, The Memory Cathedral won Australia's Aurealis Award and a selection won the coveted Nebula Award. He lives in Australia on a farm overlooking the sea and "commutes" back and forth to Los Angeles and New York. Visit his website at www.jackdann.com.
Jack Dann is available to speak on the following topics: Jewish Science Fiction? How Can That Be, and What Can It So That Regular Jewish Fiction Can't?Exploring the Holocaust through the Lens of the FantasticI Am Jewish Enough! The Iconoclastic Mumblings of a Cultural JewMy Rabbi Is an Alien: How to Write and Read Jewish Science Fiction
Jack Dann is a multiple award winning author who has written or edited over 60 books, including the groundbreaking novels "Junction", "Starhiker", "The Man Who Melted", "The Memory Cathedral" -- which is an international bestseller, the Civil War novel "The Silent", and "Bad Medicine", which has been compared to the works of Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson and called "the best road novel since the Easy Rider days."
Dann's work has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Castaneda, J. G. Ballard, Mark Twain, and Philip K. Dick. Philip K. Dick, author of the stories from which the films "Blade Runner" and "Total Recall" were made, wrote that "Junction is where Ursula Le Guin's "Lathe of Heaven" and Tony Boucher's 'The Quest for Saint Aquin' meet...and yet it's an entirely new novel.... I may very well be basing some of my future work on Junction." Best-selling author Marion Zimmer Bradley called "Starhiker" "a superb book... it will not give up all its delights, all its perfections, on one reading."
"Library Journal" has called Dann ."..a true poet who can create pictures with a few perfect words." Roger Zelazny thought he was a reality magician and "Best Sellers" has said that "Jack Dann is a mind-warlock whose magicks will confound, disorient, shock, and delight." The "Washington Post Book World" compared his novel "The Man Who Melted" with Ingmar Bergman's film "The Seventh Seal".
His short stories have appeared in "Omni" and "Playboy" and other major magazines and anthologies. He is the editor of the anthology "Wandering Stars", one of the most acclaimed American anthologies of the 1970's, and several other well-known anthologies such as "More Wandering Stars". "Wandering Stars" and "More Wandering Stars" have just been reprinted in the U.S. Dann also edits the multi-volume "Magic Tales" series with Gardner Dozois and is a consulting editor TOR Books.
He is a recipient of the Nebula Award, the Australian Aurealis Award (twice), the Ditmar Award (three times), the World Fantasy Award, and the Premios GilgamEs de Narrativa Fantastica award. Dann has also been honoured by the Mark Twain Society (Esteemed Knight).
"High Steel", a novel co-authored with Jack C. Haldeman II, was published in 1993. Critic John Clute called it "a predator...a cat with blazing eyes gorging on the good meat of genre. It is most highly recommended." A sequel entitled "Ghost Dance" is in progress.
Dann's major historical novel about Leonardo da Vinci -- entitled "The Memory Cathedral" -- was first published in December 1995 to rave reviews. It has been published in 10 languages to date. It won the Australian Aurealis Award in 1997, was #1 on The Age bestseller list, and a story based on the novel was awarded the Nebula Award. "The Memory Cathedral" was also shortlisted for the Audio Book of the Year, which was part of the 1998 Braille & Talking Book Library Awards.
Morgan Llwelyn called "The Memory Cathedral" "a book to cherish, a validation of the novelist's art and fully worthy of its extraordinary subject." The "San Francisco Chronicle" called it "a grand accomplishment," "Kirkus Reviews" thought it was "An impressive accomplishment," and "True Review" said, "Read this important novel, be challenged by it; you literally haven't seen anything like it."
Dann's next novel "The Silent" was chosen by "Library Journal" as one of their 'Hot Picks.' "Library Journal" wrote: "This is narrative storytelling at its best -- so highly charged emotionally as to constitute a kind of poetry from hell. Most emphatically recommended." Auhor Peter Straub said, "This tale of America's greatest trauma is full of mystery, wonder, and the kind of narrative inventiveness that makes other novelists want to hide under the bed." And "The Australian" called it "an extraordinary achievement."
His contemporary road novel "Bad Medicine" (titled "Counting Coup" in the U.S.) has been called "a vivid and compelling vision-quest through the dark back roads and blue highways of the American soul."
Dann is also the co-editor (with Janeen Webb) of the groundbreaking Australian anthology "Dreaming Down-Under", which Peter Goldsworthy has called "the biggest, boldest, most controversial collection of original fiction ever published in Australia." It has won Australia's Ditmar Award and is the first Australian book ever to win the prestigious World Fantasy Award.
Dann is also the author of the retrospective short story collection "Jubilee: the Essential Jack Dann". "The West Australian" said it was "Sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, erudite, inventive, beautifully written and always intriguing. "Jubilee" is a celebration of the talent of a remarkable storyteller."
As part of its "Bibliographies of Modern Authors Series", The Borgo Press has published an annotated bibliography and guide entitled "The Work of Jack Dann". An updated seco
“[A] collection of the eerie and fantastic.”
“Devotees of M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood will relish this superior anthology of original stories…. It seems almost unfair to single out individual works when all 18 are superb and will be cherished by steampunk and horror fans alike.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Seventeen all-new tales emulating, or re-creating, the ambience of classic Victorian supernatural suspense....impressive work....more than a mere exercise in nostalgia.”
Ghosts By Gaslight is a triumph of a themed anthology. Among the hundred or so books I have read this year, this one is my favorite. Acquire it at all costs. Highly recommended.
-Cemetery Dance Magazine