Author: Teresa Reasor
Book: An Automated Death (Steampunk)
Release Date: March 13, 2013
Publisher: Teresa J. Reasor
Genre: Steampunk Short Story
Heat Level: PG
Format: Multiple Formats
Author Website: http://www.teresareasor.com
Author Blog/s: http://mymusesmusings.blogspot.com
After his wife’s death, clockmaker Alan Cartwright focuses all his energy on his work and his eight-year-old son, Brenton. Father and son bond by building a lifelike automaton, designed to resemble Brenton in looks and talent: The boy is an extraordinary artist. Before the automaton is finished, Brenton is run over and killed by a carriage driven by Sir William Tyndale.
The automaton comes to life, communicating with Alan through written messages and drawings of the past and the future. Alan is convinced Brenton’s spirit possesses the machine and refuses to sell it. Sir Tyndale sees the likeness of his own dead son in the device and is determined to have it by any means.
Driven by grief and fatherly love, the two men are set on a collision course with the soul of a young boy trapped between them, and Brenton's reasons for possessing the automaton a mystery to them both.