eSpec Books is proud to announce the campaign for their upcoming book of steampunk faerie tales has gone live: Gaslight and Grimm.

Back in 2012 Diana Bastine approached me with a fantastic idea for an anthology of steampunk faerie tales. The moment the suggestion left her mouth the title Gaslight and Grimm popped out of mine. Little did Diana know what she was getting in to… I agreed to do the collection as long as she joined me as co-editor.

If we would have been able to produce the book back then we would have broken the trend. Sadly, life happened. We did all the work and even had one of the stories outgrow the collection and become a novel, but the project sat the shelf for much longer than we would have liked. 

Since the anthology’s inception loads of steampunk faerie tale novels and collections have come out. Does that matter to us? NO! It was a cool idea then and it is still a cool idea now. We can’t wait to bring you this wonderful, fully illustrated collection in the fine tradition of all those classic fairy tale books we all grew up on, not because of any trend, but because we believe in it and our authors believe in it. Because we enjoy taking amazing ideas and making them a reality.

After all…books are the magic we make.

Want to help us make this happen? Consider backing us on Kickstarter. Not in a position to do that at this time? You can help just as much by spreading the word:


Once upon a time… ageless tales were told countlessly from one generation to the next. Tales of brave heroes and common men. Of beautiful princesses and good-hearted youths. Tales of danger and caution and magic…classics that still echo in our hearts and our fondest memories even to this day, told from worn, cherished books or from memory at Grandmother’s knee.

Oh yes, tales have been told…but never quite like these. Journey with us through the pages ofGaslight and Grimm to discover timeless truths through lenses polished in the age of steam.

In Wolf’s Clothing by James Chambers based on Little Red Riding Hood

The Clockwork Nightingale by Jean Marie Ward based on The Nightingale

When Pigs Fly by Christine Norris based on The Three Little Pigs

From the Horse’s Mouth by Bernie Mojzes based on The Goose Girl

A Cat Among the Gears by Elaine Corvidae based on Puss n’ Boots

The (Steamy) Tale of Cinderella by Danny Birt based on Cinderella

The Steampowered Dragon and His Grandmother by David Lee Summers based on The Dragon and His Grandmother

All for Beauty and Youth by Kelly A. Harmon based on Hansel and Gretel

The Giant Killer by Jonah Knight based on Jack the Giant Killer

The Walking House by Jeff Young based on Baba Yaga

The Hair Ladder by Diana Bastine based on Rapunzel

Featuring original artwork by Dustin Blottenberger

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