The Adventures of Alan Shaw
My current W.I.P.
A collection of short Steampunk adventures that follow the eponymous Alan Shaw as he grows up and travels the globe. Each story has a title harkening back to the golden age of B-movies.
The first installment, entitled Alan Shaw and the Fate of the Automatons finds Alan as a street urchin, contracted by a mysterious villain to deliver a single package for an outlandish wage. How can Alan refuse? Even when the package starts to tick, and the future of London hangs in the balance?
The second story, Alan Shaw and the Clockwork Tentacle, finds Alan working a fishing vessel. When they recieve a distress call from a nearby ship, the last thing they expect to find is a mechanical squid with evil intent.
Who can tell where the rest might go?
Christopher has wandered the Earth for centuries, the last victim of the Death Sickness. His humanity long forgotten, he has no drives, no needs. He is free from the desires that claimed him in life. Until the finds the barn, with a little dead girl called Emi, inside.
Walking through a world together, they’ll meet the Musician, who plays her koto with shredded fingers; the Host, a husk of a man who desires stories more than anything and is willing to kill for them; and a brethren of floating priests who want Emi for themselves.
What will become of Emi, a girl trapped in a corpse’s body, when all she sees are these strange and violent creatures, and her only companion is incapable of showing her what it is to be human?