Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense
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 othe ...more
The steampunk elements are weak. In fact, they are as transparent as the haunts that appear in Ghosts by Gaslight. The publisher should have subtitled this tone "Stories of Victorian Supernatural Suspense". These stories are light on steampunk eleme ...more
I was sorely disappointed. First of all, I really like steampunk and none of these stories actually incorporated it. Yes, steampunk incorporates machines into Victorian times, but they are implausible machines for the times, such as the ubiquitous airship. (In one story ...more
Personally I care not at all what the proper steampunk story might be. This collection introduced me to a fine new cadre of horror, speculative, supernatch storytellers, and I'm grateful. To name my favorites: Rose Street Attractors/Shepard; Christopher Raven/Goss; Blackwood's Baby/Barron. My biggest pleasant surprise was Peter S Beagle's Music, When Soft Voices Die. I'd heretofore thought of him as merely "the unicorn guy" (I'm sorry!!!), but this story is exquisite, dark, and haunting. Now th ...more
It was amusing to see that most of the authors were Australian -- writing about Victorian England. It's a bit ...more
But I will give credit where it is due. I loved one of the stories in the collection, Terry Dowling's "The Shaddowwes Box". I enjoy ...more
Unfortunately, I must admit, like many sorts of stori ...more
As a whole, I give this collection three stars. Some of these individual stories warranted five or four stars, and others one or two. There were enough 1-2 star stories sprinkle ...more
Some of the stories were less gripping than others - "Christopher Raven," for example, while still showing its heritage, is a bit of weak tea, something you'd recall having read before, and worse, more than a hint of author-wish-fulfillment persona. "Smithers and the Ghosts of the Thar" is a ...more
(Full disclosure: even though I really liked this book, I would have like to have taken off half a star because there was one f-word in the book.)
This is one of the most creative ghost story books I have read in a long time. Have I been missing some? I have a hard time finding books of short stories in my library, they aren't shelved together, so there might be others that I've missed. This collection was amazing. Every story was creative, I could rarely see where the s ...more
For my future self, here's the individual story ratings:
The Iron Shroud. 3.
Music, When Soft Voices Die. 2.
The Shaddowwes Box. 4.
The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodil Murders. 5. Silly, but in a great way.
Why I Was Hanged. 5. One of the only really creepy stories in the book.
The Proving of Smollett Standforth. 2.
The Jade Woman of the Luminous Star. 3.
Smithers and the Ghosts of the Thar. 3.
The Unbearable Pro ...more
Each story was written with the Victorian vernacular and feel to them. The voices were expertly done. They were so well done, in fact, it was easy to forget these were modern era stories and n ...more
Not a bad book, although I think that steampunk is a bit over used at the current time. This anthology is a good selection of various ghost stories set to the Victorian fantasy back drop. My usual caveat concerning anthologies applies, and this collection does have one or two stories that you could skip, but I think, all in all this was a well-put-together collection
The stories in this collection could not be more different from each other, even though they, like most anthology entries are, usua...more
I will definitely look for other works by some of these authors, as well as being thrilled by some whose work I was already familiar.
Garth Nix showed a g ...more
A collection of steampunk and supernatural tales that breathes new life into the Victorian and Edwardian ghost story for a new generation of readers. “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 scar ...more