Short Story Sunday: The Signal-Man

A few weeks ago I shared “The Call of Cthulhu” because I’ve been working on a short story for an anthology called Tomorrow’s Cthulhu for Broken Eye Books. The same company is releasing another anthology called Ghost in the Cogs featuring steampunk ghost stories. I wrote a post about these anthologies earlier this year, so if you want more information, you can check out that post.

I wanted to share a story I read that gave me some inspiration for my own steampunk ghost story. “The Signal-Man” by Charles Dickens, though not really a steampunk story, is a ghost story from the Victorian era, which is the era that inspired the steampunk aesthetic. It is also a story that tells a tale at the intersection of technology and the supernatural, which is exactly the kind of story both anthologies are asking for.

If you haven’t read this story before, I hope you enjoy it. I know that it’s nowhere near Halloween, but I think good ghost stories make for great reads at any time of year.


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