Bram Stoker lives on in Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl

Bram Stoker would have been 165 years old today, had he been possessed of the immortality of his creation Dracula and had not died a century ago.

Stoker plays a major part in the first book of my upcoming alternate-history-adventure-steampunk-if-you-like series from Tor Books, GIDEON SMITH AND THE MECHANICAL GIRL, which is published on May 28, 2013.

The book is set in July 1890, and begins in Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast, where Stoker of course chose as the point where Dracula arrived in England. In 1890 Stoker was on holiday in Whitby (in real life) and the beaching of a ship gave him the inspiration for one of the pivotal scenes of his book, published in 1897.

In GIDEON SMITH AND THE MECHANICAL GIRL, my fictional Stoker is again on holiday in Whitby, and there is again a mysterious ship running aground in the port. He meets up with the titular hero, has strange adventures of his own in the spooky Abbey above Whitby and the caves beneath the shore a little further up the coast, then plays a major role when the action shifts to London and then to Egypt.

So happy birthday, Bram Stoker, and hope you would have liked your starring role in the book.

GIDEON SMITH AND THE MECHANICAL GIRL is available for pre-order now from:

Amazon US – Click here

Barnes & Noble – Click here

Amazon UK – Click here

The Book Depository ***Cheapest price so far – £6.98 UK£***

And all good bookshops where they sell, um, good books.

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