Writing Retropunk Fiction – Bonus Material



The FWA Conference handout material is here: 

Charles Cornell_RetroPunk Fiction_FWA 2019


Blog Posts with Supplementary Material:

What Do These Three Authors Have In Common?

Perception Bias and Retrofuturism

Is This Really Steampunk?

Introducing…The Steampunk Library


Florida Writers Association Conference Special

Two Steampunk Novelettes FREE for Kindle from Oct 18 – 22 !



Professor Atticus Carr is accused of murdering a rich aristocrat he’d never met, in a place he’d never been before or traveled since, at a time when he lay sick with fever. But the evidence against him is overwhelming. Witnesses attest to the professor’s attendance at the crime scene and to his exact description, down to the details of his famous goatee and wearing the theatrical clothes that made him a celebrity as an illusionist at the Theatre Macabre. 

Professor Carr proclaims his innocence and surmises he fell victim to a deranged doctor whose Trans-Aural Topographical Machine duplicated the professor’s face, allowing him to abscond with the professor’s identity.

As The Reversible Man initiates more high crimes, how can Professor Carr exonerate himself before he’s hung for murder?



To say the Theatre Macabre is not an establishment of considerable import, not just in Londinium but in the entire world of the performing arts, would be a crime of impropriety. And speaking of crime, the theatre has, on more than one occasion, been the site of murder and mayhem. 

This is one of those tales. A tale of intrigue and espionage, a tale of ghostly wanderings and magical interventions, rooted in a tale of lost love.

With help from the aether, Jeremiah Boone, assistant to Professor Atticus Carr of the Institute for the Investigation of the Peculiarities, revisits a personal tragedy in the hunt for an assassin preparing to strike at the Imperial Family during a performance at the Theatre Macabre. 

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Post by Charles A Cornell

As an author, my overactive imagination fills my mind with three dimensional puzzles of stacked what-if questions that cry out for answers. You can find me fueling my creativity amidst the chaos of a very busy life in my writer’s den where I dream up whimsical adventures that range from the satirical to the macabre which I then blog about on CharlesACornell.com

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