To mark the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland last year (2015), I wrote a steampunk short-story entitled ‘With My Every Breath’ that was inspired by some of its celebrated characters.
My tale is in fact a gaslight fantasy that is set in the city of Torontopolis during neo-Victorian times. It follows the trials and tribulations of a 16 year old girl by the name of Alice, who had just been resurrected from the dead by her father to carry out sinister deeds at his bequest. Alice becomes drawn into a web of espionage and intrigue involving a mad hatter, a ninja assassin and the mysterious Red Queen. But in order to thwart the machinations of the Red Queen, Alice must confront the horrifying truth about who she really is …
My drawing for this blogpost illustrates a scene where Alice attempts to break into the upper storey of the hatter’s headquarters by flying with the assistance of mechanical wings fashioned from jabberwocky bones.
My ripping yarn ‘With My Every Breath‘ has just been published in a new sci-fi/fantasy/horror anthology entitled Beyond Realities 2015 and is available from the publisher, Luna Press of Edinburgh (follow the link below)