A Hero murdered. A Girl alone. A city of Villains.

The city almost breathes with its own life in this dark steampunk adventure where the line between duty and self-preservation often blur.

270 pages (61,500 words)

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Gothic spires battle for height, overlapping each other until the skyline is a jagged mass of thorns.

From the crumbling Belfry to the Citadel’s stained-glass eye, across acres of cobbles streets and knotted alleyways that never see daylight, Greaveburn is a city with darkness at its core.

Archduke Choler sits on the throne, his black-sealed letters foretell death for the person named inside. Abrasia, the rightful heir, lives as a recluse in order to stay alive. With her father murdered and her only ally lost, Abrasia is alone in a city where the crooked Palace Guard, a scientist’s assistant that is more beast than man, and a duo of body snatchers are all on her list of enemies.

Under the cobbled streets lurk the Broken Folk, deformed rebels led by the hideously scarred Darrant, a man who once swore to protect the city. And in a darkened laboratory, the devious Professor Loosestrife builds a contraption known only as The Womb.

As Greaveburn is torn apart around her, can Abrasia avenge her father’s murder before the Archduke’s letter spells her doom?


Beginning his career with short stories in 2008, Craig’s tales have graced the pages of the British Fantasy Society, among many others. He has managed to avoid winning a single award in this whole time and has decided to take that as an accolade in itself, whenever the tears stop falling.

He likes to think that his books are about real people who live in impossible worlds. Whether his books are Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk, or Sci-fi, Craig loves to go wherever the stories may take him.

You can learn more about Craig Hallam by visiting his author page here on the IQ website.

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Craig Hallam
Category: Steampunk
Release Date: August 2012

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-908600-12-7
Pages: 270
RRP: £9.99 / 12.99€ / $14.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-908600-13-4
RRP: £3.49 / 3.99€ / $3.99


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Hallam has crafted an engaging narrative with likable characters and a climax which makes a statement about human nature. However, one could argue the city itself is the real star of the story. Hallam’s expert use of imagery helps us to imagine Greaveburn as a Gothic metropolis full of splendour.

S. Kinkade, author of God School

Greaveburn is such a rich literary tapestry it would be a shame not to dip our toes into it at least once more. Fans of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast are certain to enjoy getting to know Greaveburn and its residents.

– Angharad Welsh, Cotswold Style Magazine

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