The Iron Assassin

by Ed Greenwood
Release date: June 2, 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, steampunk

Hot pulp fiction: A steampunk Frankenstein is a weapon of death in an alternate 19th century England

On an Earth that is not our own, Victoria never ascended the throne; the House of Hanover held England only briefly before being supplanted by the House of Harminster. It is a time of gaslamps and regularly-scheduled airship flights, of trams and steam-driven clockwork with countless smoke-belching stacks. London, the capitol of the Empire of the Lion, is a filthy, crowded, fast-growing city where a series of shocking murders threaten the throne itself.

Energetic young inventor Jack Straker believes he has created a weapon to defend the crown: a reanimated, clockwork-enhanced corpse he can control. He introduces “the Iron Assassin” to the highly-placed Lords who will decide if Straker’s invention becomes a weapon of the Lion — or something to be destroyed.

It quickly becomes apparent that the Iron Assassin is more self-willed than Straker intended, and that the zombie’s past life is far more sinister than Straker thought. Has he created a runaway monster? Or the best guardian the Lion could ever hope for?

updated 2015-06-02

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