A mysterious inventor builds a mysterious engine in the middle of a slum. A young man builds a machine that connects to the heart of all sorrow. A mysterious city where aging slows lies in the middle of a desert. In the story collection Ghosts by Gaslight, the supernatural world and the rational world constantly blur, and no one knows what will come of it. Regardless, be prepared for a thrilling ride.
I was really impressed by Ghosts by Gaslight. I have been looking for some more steam-punk books to read, and these stories satisfied that craving. The stories are weird, engaging, and, in many times, a bit scary. I also liked that so many of the writers tried to imitate the Victorian mystery/horror style. I often felt like I was reading a Conan Doyle story–one story in particular (Terry Dowling’s The Shaddowwes Box) reminded me of Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado. For me, this stylistic choice really added to the overall reading experience. I had so many favorite stories from this book; I looked through the book again while I was writing this review, and I realized that I would have listed most of the book. Definitely check this one out, particularly if you have any interest in supernatural tales or steam-punk fiction.