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Writer on Demand Vol. 5

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Tales of an Altered Past Powered by Romance, Horror, and Steam

Writer on Demand Vol. 5


Short Story Collection by Donald J. Bingle

$2.99

ABOUT THIS SHORT STORY COLLECTION


Writer on Demand TM Vol. 5: Tales of an Altered Past Powered by Romance, Horror, and Steam includes four stories:

“Dashed Hopes” (approximately 4,250 words) is a tale of invention, romance, and tragedy set in the coal fields of England. This story originally appeared in “Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance,” edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenburg (DAW Books. Inc. 2011).

“Rejecting the Anthropocene” (approximately 2,400 words) is a cautionary tale about the dangers of ignoring science, no matter how unpopular it may be. This original steampunk story appears in print for the very first time in this collection.

“Gentlemanly Horrors of Mine Alone” (approximately 7,100 words) is the ninth story in Mike Stackpole’s The Chain Story Project. Each of the stories in the chain begins with a scene set in The Wanderers’ Club in London, where patrons take turns telling stories of their adventures and derring-do. Though the plots and characters of the various tales differ and each adventure is self-contained and independent, every story-teller starts out by referencing the story before his in some fashion before telling his own tale. This story follows on the heels of Robert T. Jeschonek’s “Blazing Bodices” and precedes Michael A. Stackpole’s “The Adventure of the Ghost Watch.” Mike Stackpole’s character, Rogers, is used with permission.

“Foggy Goggles” (approximately 4,200 words) is a tale of an adventuresome reporter, two world-changing inventions, and unintended consequences. This story originally appeared in “Steampunk’d,” edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg (DAW Books, Inc. 2010).

ABOUT DONALD J. BINGLE


Donald J. Bingle is the author of a variety of thriller novels:  Forced Conversion (Five Star), a near future military scifi thriller; GREENSWORD (Five Star), a darkly comedic eco-thriller; Net Impact (Alliteration Ink), a new kind of spy thriller for a new kind of world; Frame Shop, a mystery thriller set in a suburban writers’ group; and (with Jean Rabe) The Love-Haight Case Files, an urban fantasy thriller about lawyers representing the rights of supernatural creatures in a magic-filled San Francisco. In addition, he has more than fifty shorter works published in anthologies, magazines, and collections in the thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, steampunk, romance, comedy, and memoir genres. Many of his previously published stories (and a few new ones) have been collected by subject in his Writer on Demand series, which includes: Tales of Gamers and Gaming: Tales of Humorous Horror; Tales Out of Time; Grim, Fair e-Tales; Tales of an Altered Past Powered by Romance, Horror, and Steam; Not-So-Heroic Fantasy; and Shadow Realities. Don is a full member of the International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He is a frequent panelist at various conventions and programs, including the GenCon Writers’ Symposium and Origins Game Fair Library. He was the world’s top-ranked player of classic roleplaying game tournaments for about fifteen years. More about Don and his writing can be found at www.donaldjbingle.com.