Jack Dann is a multiple-award-winning American-born author and editor, who has published more than seventy books and anthologies. His work (written largely in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, and historical and alternative history) includes nine novels, notably Starhiker (1977), Junction (1981), The Man Who Melted (1984), The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci (1995), the Civil War novel The Silent (1999), and Bad Medicine (2000). He is also the author of The Rebel: An Imagined Life of James Dean (2004). In addition to his novels, Dann has published numerous shorter works of fiction, essays, and poetry. To date, his books have been translated into thirteen languages. The vast majority of publications with which he has been associated, however, are anthologies (as editor or co-editor).
Dann's association with Australia began in 1994, when he moved from the USA to Melbourne to join Janeen Webb, a Melbourne-based science-fiction critic, academic, and writer, whom he met at a conference in San Francisco. The pair married the following year. They have since collaborated on several writing and editing projects, and are well known in the Australian speculative-fiction community. Their groundbreaking anthology Dreaming Down-Under, for example, not only won a Ditmar Award, but also became the first Australian book to win the World Fantasy Award.
Since moving to Australia, Dann has become an influential figure in the country's speculative-fiction field. He frequently attends conventions (as guest of honour, speaker, and/or panelist), and has played an active role in encouraging the development of the field, including running and contributing to seminars and workshops on writing. He was, for example, a tutor at the inaugural Clarion South writing workshop in 2004, to which he returned in 2009. Dann has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Nebula Award (1997), two Aurealis Awards (1996 and 1997), three Ditmar Awards (1997, 1999, and 2002), the World Fantasy Award (1999), and the Peter McNamara Convenor's Award (2008). He has also been honoured as an Esteemed Knight by the Mark Twain Society.
Although he lives on a farm in rural Victoria, Dann commutes back and forth to the USA (mostly Los Angeles and New York) on a fairly regular basis.
Ghosts By Gaslight : Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense2011anthology short story 'Modern masters of the supernatural weave their magic to revitalize the chilling Victorian and Edwardian ghostly tale: here are haunted houses, arcane inventions, spirits reaching across the centuries, ghosts in the machine, fateful revelations, gaslit streets scarcely keeping the dark at bay, and other twisted variations on the immortal classics that frighten us still.' Source: Back cover
'Stephen is a retired Nazi hunter, divorced yet living happily enough on his ranch on the fringe of the Amazon jungle. But when Brazilian police unearth the alleged remains of the detested Auschwitz camp doctor, Josef Mengele, Stephen's life is immediately and traumatically transformed.
'At the grave site, he falls suddenly ill, and the diagnosis is terminal cancer; a hideous skin disease adds to his woes; and the Indian couple working at the ranch soon hint that Stephen's unresolved relationship with Mengele is the moral and spiritual core of a syndrome only superficially physical.
'For Stephen as a boy was a prisoner at Auschwitz, a subject of Mengele's horrifying medical experiments; his twin brother and his mother died there at Mengele's hands; survivor's guilt and mortal hatred remain unassuaged after the Doctor's peaceful death in exile. Something must be done.
'And so Stephen, accompanied by his strangely quiet and also afflicted Indian ranch foreman, Genaro, sets out to consult a rumoured miracle-working Doctor in a remote jungled region of Brazil.
'The pilgrimage is arduous and hallucinatory at once; and Stephen must ready body and soul to confront his darkest, most persistent hopes and fears...' (Publisher's blurb)