I KNOW, I haven’t been back to this blog for quite a while. In a state of obsession, I’ve decided to launch something new, and it took quite a bit of work and we’re still working on it (as in, typography, courtesy of that gentleman of lettering, Tom Orzechowski, and the e-book formatter, who I would name as soon as we’ve a relationship finalized).
WHAT IS THE DARK VICTORIAN, ELIZABETH??
FIRST: I will be at Wondercon 2012, in Anaheim, tomorrow! And Saturday, and Sunday, and bringing free promo booklets of The Dark Victorian’s first novella, RISEN. The Dark Victorian is a steampunk, steamgoth detective/horror/romance series certain to tickle your adventurous (and sapphic) fancies. Soon to be in a purchasable digital format in mid-April.
So if at Wondercon, I am “A-Girl Studio” at table A-160, in Artist Alley, in that row where you will note the presence of lost souls and stray paper napkins. Come say HI! And get free things!
The blurb for DARK VICTORIAN: RISEN :
“Way will open.”
She is Artifice.
A resurrected criminal and agent of HRH Prince Albert’s Secret Commission.
An artificial ghost.
He is Jim Dastard.
The oldest surviving agent of the Secret Commission.
An animated skull.
A mentor to newly resurrected agents.
It is 1880 in a mechanical and supernatural London. Agents of Prince Albert’s Secret Commission, their criminal pasts wiped from their memories, are resurrected to fight the eldritch evils that threaten England. Amidst this turmoil, Jim Dastard and his new partner Artifice must stop a re-animationist raising murderous dead children. As Art and Jim pursue their quarry, Art discovers clues about her past self, and through meeting various intriguing women—a journalist, a medium, a prostitute, and a mysterious woman in black—where her heart lies. Yet the question remains: What sort of criminal was she? A new beginning, a new identity, and new dangers await Art as she fights for the Secret Commission and for her second life.
Thank you to my editor, JoSelle Vanderhooft! Who is no slouch when it comes to the steampunk genre, fairytale genre, and sapphic subject matter.
Trina Robbins gave me a kick ass blurb! Thank you!!! :
I loved Elizabeth Watasin’s graphic novel, Charm School. Now, after too
long an absence, she has returned to print with fiction. Dark Victorian:
Risen, is just that: a dark Victorian detective story featuring two of
the most eldritch detectives I have ever encountered: a beautiful Quaker
amazon of a ghost and her sidekick, a wisecracking, monocled skull in a
top hat. And they are not the only memorable characters we meet along the
way in this dark romp through fin de siecle London’s foul cribs and
alleys, where our detectives search for the man who brings innocent
murdered creatures back to life, to wreak a hideous vengeance upon their
torturers and murderers. How about a lovely prostitute who may be a
dryad? Or twin sisters, one of whom has a deadly tendrilled virus growing
on the left side of her face?
Risen is only the first of what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable (if
delightfully disturbing) series. Roll over, Arthur Conan Doyle! Move
over, Philip Pullman!
– Trina Robbins
Writer, Herstorian, author of The Chicagoland detective Agency series and Lily Renee, Escape Artist
And so did Carla Speed McNeil! :
“RISEN is as interesting for the things half-seen as the things shown
clearly: the elegant exotica of steampunk London, the mysterious
natures of both the not-dead protagonists, the elements unexpected
even in steampunk, such as the ‘artificial’ ghost’s faith and ethics.
I am well and truly drawn in, and am eager for more.”
–Carla Speed McNeil, creator of FINDER
What more can I say about it except when it comes to Kindle, Nook, those Apple things, and so forth, please partake and support! I’ll let you know when it happens. And the next in the series? The Dark Victorian: BONES.
All the best and a very good Spring to those excited enough to wet their plants.