My archive crawl on Aetherial Engines continues. I recommend clicking straight through to the “Full Story Page”; only some kind of WordPress shenanigans prevents me from simply reblogging that.
I like the Depression-era pulp setting of the first half of this one, not least because of the details that remind us why we wouldn’t want to live there – the polio-inflicted leg braces, the “Yellow Peril” magazine cover, the magazine staff one story away from the breadlines, and the fact that “Melvin Bush” needs to hide her true identity in order to sell stories.
The second half, I like because…well, because it’s Conan-esque pulp fantasy (did you know that Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft were pen pals, and that Conan is very much part of the Cthulhu Mythos?), with a truer romance (nerd love rules) and a deeper horror just beneath the surface.
Take a look.