Apocryphal Memoirs Of An Eccentric GeniusNineteenth Century inventor Phineas Magnetron is a man on a mission in this first volume of The Magnetron Chronicles series, a faithfully executed parody of Victorian Era science fiction adventure tales, blending historical fact with improbable fiction.
Misunderstood, ostracized by his closest associates, Phineas embarks on a daring and unlikely caper to resurrect his dead mentor, the bombastic Dr. Hogalum, mustering all the Steam Age weird science at his disposal. He’ll bend the laws of man, nature, and physics, unearthing a haunting mystery and going boldly where no gentleman has gone before.
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These are just some of the comments by Wattpad readers, who have called The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum “pure genius” and “an intriguing premise… heavily influenced by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.” Tens of thousands of readers have already enjoyed this “really compelling… parody of Victorian era pulp-fiction” with “a great sense of style,” and praised author D.L. Mackenzie’s “bloody superb use of the language.” The “language is entirely redolent of the era,” and “the writing style is a joy!”
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Review by Kira Lerner, Author and Editor-in-Chief of Epiguide.com:
The Magnetron Chronicles relates the apocryphal tales of The Hogalum Society, a Victorian era club of “great men and great deeds” (of which Phineas Magnetron himself is a member, naturally). Think of a group comprised of Harry Houdini, Thomas Edison, Sherlock Holmes, Nikola Tesla, and other such fictional and real-life Steam Age luminaries with unconventional talents and ideas—all of whom were looked upon as a bit batty—and you’ll have a good idea of the Hogalum Society.
Anyway, the conceit of the series is that we are reading Magnetron’s journals, and in The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum we thereby learn of the strange events that occur when Phineas takes it upon himself to resurrect the spirit of Dr. Hogalum (the author tells me it’s pronounced “HO-ga-lum”), the Society’s beloved founder and mentor who has recently died. Phineas’ plan (think: zombies) isn’t warmly received by his compatriots in the group, who worry that he’s lost his marbles. The fact that he tries to perform the necessary tasks himself is admirable but his plans go awry, and after digging up Hogalum’s body, he retrieves only the head, which he intends to reanimate with voodoo. Slight problem, because (as his Haitian friend Petión observes) zombies are mindless bodies, and how useful is a mindless head?
As you can probably tell, the series is heavily inspired by the works of H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and—to a lesser extent—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And hey, let’s throw in Mark Twain as well, because—despite the fact that the journals are written with utter sincerity and seriousness, this is definitely (and intentionally) funny satire. For example, here’s one of Dr. Hogalum’s first comments upon his revival:
“I do not wish to appear ungrateful after having been raised from the dead,” he said in a beleaguered tone, “but I must ask why you did not see fit to include my body in this enterprise!”
Indeed. D. L. Mackenzie’s well-written Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum harks back to the earliest days of the science fiction serial, and does a great job evoking the style of those genteel but breathless tales of remarkable discoveries, bizarre inventions and dangerous (mis)adventure
Faraday & Frankenstein
SHORT FICTION — Warnings to the Curious #1
A new dark age begins…
In 1867, Michael Faraday, well beyond his years of meaningful contribution to the electrical sciences, travels to the America for one final, secret experiment…an experiment inspired by the novel Frankenstein…an experiment that goes terribly wrong.
Faraday & Frankenstein – the first episode in the historical fantasy adventure series Warnings to the Curious.
The Emperor’s Edge
Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.
Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin, is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.