A must-read for fans of the steampunk genre, this dark novelette is a look at how love can quickly become tainted by madness. Brooding, melancholy, and a little twisted, the story delves into the curious life of Rastigan, an eccentric engineer who desires companionship more than anything in the world. But Rastigan doesn't seek connection with human beings--rather, he creates mechanical dolls to fulfill his need for interaction. When he finally builds his greatest creation to date, he thinks he's filled the gaping hole in his life. Truly enamored of his doll, he gives her the name Evangeline and eagerly instructs her on how to be his perfect mate.
But Rastigan discovers Evangeline has other plans... and he doesn't like that one bit. He'll do anything to keep her under his thumb and in his sights, even if it means keeping her under lock and key... forever.More info →