Friday, February 27, 2015

Rise of the House of Usher

Ride into the Wild West with ten steampunked expansions of classic American tales.

A Princess of Jasoom: An intrepid young researcher reaches for the stars from the Arizona desert, and finds love where she least expects it.

Winged Hope: The widow of a brilliant inventor fights insurmountable odds to see her husband’s dreams realized and save the life of her daughter.

The Van Tassel Legacy: A stranger arrives in Sleepy Hollow to unearth old conspiracies and bring the Van Brunts to justice.

Invested Charm: A mysterious woman doles out justice in Boston society, but who will catch her first: organized crime or the law?

Payoff for Air Pirate Pete: A pair of train-robbing outlaws bite off more than they can chew when they kidnap the son of a railroad bigwig.

Rise of the House of Usher: A mad scientist gains power over life and death at the cost of his family’s sanity, if not their very lives. 

The Silver Scams: A fast-talking confidence man ensnares all of Holland in his scheme to eliminate dikes forever . . . for a price.

Nautilus Redux: Captain Nemo’s crew stumble upon an island castaway who claims to be Captain Ahab of the Pequod. Only Moby Dick knows the truth.

Mr. Thornton: Hounded by tragedy and betrayal, a gifted young blacksmith wanders from The Ohio to The Yukon searching for honor, loyalty, and justice.

West End: A heartbroken Theodore Laurence follows the siren song of steam to Jamaica, where love and law collide with explosive results.

Interesting horror and steampunk combination. Maddy tells the story in letters to her brother, Roderick. Maddy goes through a horrible experience after her brother moves away from home.The head of the House of Usher has decided that he needs to compile human beings (it is only at the end that we are given a possible clue as to why). Maddy is put in physical and mental peril because of her father's obsession with creating "life." This tale reads a bit like Bram Stoker in style and, of course, reminds me of Frankenstein.
My rating:5 out of 5 stars. It took me a moment to understand what happened at the end and I am still not sure I understand fully...many layers of understanding and it would be very interesting to see what the author would write for a continuation.

J.R. Potter gravitated towards the paranormal world from an early age. Watching the first episode of The X-Files was a transformative experience, and an education in great storytelling and mythmaking.

Since “growing up,” James has devoted his time to finding his voice through writing, publishing short fiction in The Portland Review, and winning two international short story competitions for science fiction and horror. When he's not writing, he tours with his incredible wife Amy as “The Crooked Angels,” an Americana duo specializing in rocking your socks off.

Potter is currently collaborating with artist Klaus “Plaid Klaus” Shmidheiser in the graphic novel series Glimmer Society. His first short story with Xchyler, “Dr. Pax’s Great Unsinkable Bird,” appeared in Terra Mechanica. A full-length novel, Pneumatica: Harbinger of the Skies, is slated for 2015 release.
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Available for pre-order on Amazon. The book will be auto-delivered February 28th.

This book is from Xchyler Publishing who graciously gave me an Advanced Reader Copy.
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