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Andrew McCurdy’s “A Drop of the Venom” Harkens Back to the Days of Serial Adventure Novels

Episode #1: “Leviathan’s Bane”

A chance rescue on the high seas brings together an unlikely pairing: an aging submarine captain on a lifelong quest and a wayward confidence man down on his luck. As their vessel succumbs to a mysterious force, it becomes apparent the aging submariner is not at all what he seems. In the course of a single night, a tale will unfold…a tale of obsession, invention, and vengeance.  Delve into deeper mysteries, where treasured answers may be found – if one were willing to sample…A Drop of the Venom.

Stephen Apolloni, founder of Penny Gaff Publishing, is pleased that Andrew has joined the ranks of authors published by the company. “Andrew was a natural selection for working on the Clockhaven Chronicles, given his period appropriate writing style, his knowledge of the genre, and the ease with which his stories fit into serialized fiction.  He is a genuine talent and breathes new life into the gentleman adventurer tales of old.”

Andrew McCurdy, Author: A lifelong bibliophile, Andrew opened his first library of steampunk fiction before he’d ever heard the word ‘steampunk’. Located high in a tree house in his back yard, it featured the works of Wells, Verne and Burroughs. He was sorely vexed when his cousins appropriated the library as a strategic neighborhood fortification, defending against the troublesome forays perpetrated by the horde from the next block over. Sadly, he came to realize that the arts suffer in times of war. Contemplating this new political understanding, he spent hours watching the clockwork in his father’s antique music box, imagining ways of refashioning it into the ultimate weapon of deterrence.

Ashley Walters, Illustrator: Ashley Walters has had a passion for art ever since she could pick up a crayon. She drew constantly in her spare time and began drawing portraits for clients at the ripe old age of 12. Since then she has graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Integrated Studio Art from BYU-Idaho in 2008. She has worked as a graphic designer/web designer for BYU-Idaho and Clarus Marketing and continues to work as a freelance artist and designer. Her work has been featured on book covers and she has been published in Exotique 7, and Imagine FX magazine.  http://ashleywalters.net.

Penny Gaff Publishing, LLC specializes in speculative fiction (specifically clockpunk, steampunk, and dieselpunk) ePublications. PDF format books can be purchased online at www.pennygaffpublications.com. They are also available as ePubs at Barnes and Noble, and .mobi at Amazon.com. iBook formats are coming soon. Look for Penny Gaff Publishing at deviantART and Facebook as well!

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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