The first of my original short stories either featuring Gideon Smith – hero of the forthcoming novel Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl – or set in his alternate-1890s world, has gone up on Tor.com.
It’s entitled Work Sets You Free – a loaded, possibly triggery title, I know, though I hope it is in context with the story – and is a kind of “untold story” that takes place mid-way through the first book, when Gideon is on his way from Sandsend on the Yorkshire coast to search for Captain Lucian Trigger, Hero of the Empire, to solve the mysteries plaguing his home village.
It’s a fairly lengthy tale, and you can read it here. The illustration is by the wonderful Nekro, who has also provided an image for the second short story, Business As Usual (forthcoming in September) and, of course, the cover to Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl.
Should you prefer to shell out some cash and read it on your e-reader, you can buy it from Amazon for Kindle and direct from Tor.