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The Jade Woman of the Luminous Star single work   short story   horror  
Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 The Jade Woman of the Luminous Star
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'Hugh Gordon is a haunted scientist, which is a way of becoming a mad one. Although his laboratory is full of 'glass bells much larger than a man, dozens of them connected by copper wires and containing delicate Faraday cages of my own design.' He is as much as mystic as he is an empirical scientist, inspired by the notion of disembodied spirits traveling to distant worlds. It is such a manifestation that begins to haunt his home and laboratory, frightening his wife and servants and causing destruction of his notes and apparatus.'

Source: Locus Magazine (www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2011/08/lois-tilton-reviews-short-fiction-late-august-2/) (Sighted: 30/11/2016)


  • Steampunk note: although the anthology in which this story was published was critiqued as lacking the 'punk' element of 'steampunk', this story has a subtle component of steampunk trappings, especially in the apparatus in the laboratory of the 'mad scientist'.

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  • Appears in:
    y Ghosts By Gaslight : Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense Jack Dann (editor), Nick Gevers (editor), New York (City) : Voyager , 2011 Z1810708 2011 anthology 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
    New York (City) : Voyager , 2011
    pg. 116-140
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