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About Doc Coleman
Doc Coleman began his writing career in 2010 with the Nifty Tech Blog, a tech review blog that demystifies technology by highlighting some of the best consumer products available. Doc soon moved on to writing fiction, with the short story "The Gift”, and stories for the online magazine Flagship and for The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences’ podcast Tales from the Archives. His latest work is the first book of his steampunk series The Adventures of Crackle and Bang, The Perils of Prague.
Doc is a computer geek, a motorcyclist, a homebrewer, a podcaster, a writer, and voice actor. Sometimes, he even finds some time to relax, too.
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The Wrong Camera by Catherine Ford
Blythe is very excited to receive a camera for her birthday, but finds that gifts can have their price. What she sees through the lens offers a chilling insight into the future that people will kill for.
A Trick of Strong Imagination by Alyson Grauer
Althea Galway, a gifted statistician for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, follows her tedious pursuits for Doctor Sound to a Winter carnival and a strange mystery at its heart. With a dashing illusionist and the memories of her own secretive past with the Traveling Galloway Circus clouding her judgment, she dares to reach beyond her station and discover what is behind the tricks of a trade she knew better than any active field agent.
The Cross of Columba by Doc Coleman
Agent Bryan Teague travels from the London offices to a remote area of Scotland on the call of Lord Pennyfarthing, a self-proclaimed scientist and specialist in ancient and rare fauna. Agent Teague arrives to find his skepticism of Pennyfarthing’s previous follies on finding a traumatised valet and a dying English lord with an incredible fish story…
Curtain Call by Shaun Farrell
Cordelia is called to a strange theatre by a message from her estranged father, and she hopes for a joyful reunion. Her father though has been treading on dangerous ground while trying to impress the Director the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Still Cordelia cannot possibly know the strange and terrifying details of what lies within this particular play house.
When an evening’s entertainment in the British Protectorate of Bohemia unexpectedly leads to the destruction of the State Opera House of Prague, the eccentricity brilliant Professor Harmonious Crackle and his beautiful colleague Miss Titania Bang must team up with the Duke of Prague’s nephew and hunt down the evil genius responsible before he unleashes another devastating rogue technological weapon to terrorize the city and threaten the stability of the British Empire, and the Eternal Empress herself!
In a race against an unknown menace, this intrepid trio must search high and low and discover The Perils of Prague!
The Adventures of Crackle and Bang is a series of stand-alone adventures following Professor Harmonious Crackle and Miss Titania Bang as they travel the world.
The Library of Alexandria, rescued from Terra long ago by its founder, Ptolemy I, and brought to Paradise City, is where all the answers are. The question is, can you find them?
Featuring stories by Jennifer R. Povey, Kathryn Scannell, Lai Zhao, Paul Ellis, Julayne Hughes, Doc Coleman, Keith Hughes, LJ Cohen, and Val Griswold-Ford. All the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to help defray the medical expenses for Scott Pond as he comes back from cancer.
From the lochs of Scotland to the Old West as it almost was, across Asia and the South Pacific, Doc Coleman brings you six stories of mystery, adventure, and daring. Enjoy these tales from the author of The Perils of Prague!
Unravel the mystery of a Highland loch and determine if it is a blessing or a curse.
Take shore leave with Professor Crackle and Miss Bang and make miraculous discoveries, track down a thief on a flying carpet, fight off a mechanized villain, and more!
Face down a corrupt lawman in the Dueling Circle while the fate of a town hangs in the balance.
Six quick adventures await you in The Shining Cog and Other Steampunk Tales!
FlagShip invites you to Launch into Imagination with this special Steampunk issue.
Our stories this month include:
Firebrand, by Doug Souza
Pressed into service on one of Britain's airships, two boys seek their freedom.
Rats to Ruins, by Michell Plested
The town had plenty of rats, that was true. And the troupe knew how to get rid of those. Well, the non-human ones, at least...
Boys will be Boys, by Philip Carroll
Turning lead int gold should have been a simple alchemical task, the boys thought. Dad just wasn't using enough phlogiston. Never mind the explosive side-effects...
Leviathan, by Scott Roche
The Indian man didn't want to repair the English death machines that enslaved his people, but he was one of the best repair men they had. Until he got his chance at the biggest machine of them all...
Crossfire, by Bill Blume
In the post-oil world, Steam is king, but a new form of power may be around the corner. Now if one American agent can just keep terrorists from using it to blow up London...
A Walk in the Park, by Doc Coleman
An exiled doctor and his assistant are servants of her Eternal Majesty, Queen Victoria the 1st. The first Crackle and Bang adventure!
Wondros, the Clockwork Man, by Ryan Underhill
Was he moved by mere mechanics, or was there something more of the magician's art to the movement of the magnificent Wondros?
Ovid's Legacy - by Chris Ward. When she heard about the expedition to the Himalayas, she was excited. She hadn't planned on the airship. Or the crazy theory her professor was following. Or the abandoned Nazi base…
Martin the Dictator - by Jason Palmer. 150 million refugees from an intergalactic war suddenly appeared in the skies above Earth. Which nation would be willing to take them in?
Broken Dolls - by Philip L. Tite. She was the youngest commander in over a decade. Then the accident happened, and now all she can see is the broken pieces of her comrades…
All Elves are Stupid - by Jeromy Henry. Driving around the city naked and singing Patsy Cline songs in drag at the skinhead bar weren't enough for Gloria's Dad. He was, after all, an elf. And you had to complete three quests to win a maiden. Even if the quests re stupid. And involve trolls… and magic swords… and nose hair?
The Sideways Machine - by Richard Zwicker. Time machines are supposed to go backwards and forwards, right? When Christian's suddenly takes a lurch to the side, how many timelines will he tangle?
And a special column by Galley Table Stowaway - Doc Coleman on Succeeding Through Failure. Enjoy!