Cover reveal – Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl

I’m delighted to unveil the cover to GIDEON SMITH and the MECHANICAL GIRL, published in the US by Tor Books on September 10 2013.


The wonderful cover art is by the Spanish artist NEKRO – you can see more of his work here. Thanks to Tor’s art director Irene Gallo and her team, including designer Jamie Stafford-Hill, and of course my editor Claire Eddy, Patrick Nielsen Hayden and my agent John Jarrold for all making it happen!

Here’s the catalogue copy for the book:

In an alternative 1890, the British Empire’s reach and power is almost absolute, and from a technologically-advanced London where steam-power is king and airships ply the skies, Queen Victoria presides over three-quarters of the known world – including the east coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

But London might as well be a world away from Sandsend, a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast, where Gideon Smith whiles away his days fishing on his father’s clockwork gearship and dreaming of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger, the Hero of the Empire, as presented in Gideon’s favourite “penny dreadful” periodical, World Marvels & Wonders.

When Gideon’s father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances, Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work. The writer Bram Stoker, holidaying in nearby Whitby, fears that a vampire from Transylvania is abroad on English soil, but is the dark agency that killed Arthur Smith and his crew even more ancient and foul – murderous, mummified creatures from the shifting sands of Egypt?

Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him in his search for answers, Gideon sets off for London, and on the way rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniquities.

Looking for heroes but finding only mysteries and unanswered questions, it falls to Gideon Smith to step up to the plate and attempt to save the day… but can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the Empire?

And, if that floats your boat, here’s where you can put in pre-orders for the book:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Barnes & Noble

The Book Depository

Amazon Germany

Indiebound (searches your nearest indie bookstore)

Amazon Canada

Amazon France

And all, as they say, good book shops.



  1. Congratulations on such a captivating cover image for your upcoming book. I can only imagine how pleased you must be. This looks great and makes me want to discover the words that inspired it.

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