Chrystal is a 188-year-old, bisexual cyborg vampire. Apart from that, she’s just your average Steampunk.
My name is Philomena Mercedes Carstairs, but you may call me Chrystal.
I was born in the year of Our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Twenty-Four, and have the good fortune to have lived into the Twenty-First Century, due to my being gifted with the Chrystal Vitalis to maintain my life after I received what would otherwise have been a fatal wound following the Great Exhibition. I have recounted some of my adventures to my chronicler, Meg Kingston, who seeks to publish said memoirs.
Please read this message, prepared for you by said chronicler and if it pleases you, there are descriptions of the ways in which you may become part of this great venture.
Hello - I’m Meg Kingston.
I am a self-publishing author, living in South Wales. I have four books in print, but this will be my first novel.
In 1851, a young Victorian lady is stabbed and left for dead, but rescued by a group of Tibetans who came to London for the Great Exhibition. They replace her damaged heart with the Chrystal Vitalis, a gem believed to have life-giving properties. This not only saves her life, but prolongs it to the point that she is still alive in the 21st Century where she passes as a Steampunk to explain her idiosyncratic taste in clothing and old-fashioned speech. Educated in steam power, clockwork and what modern science would dismiss as “ætheric mysticism”, she addresses the challenges of our world in a very different way to the oil-based culture that has evolved over the last 160 years.
I wanted a hero to save the world when the Olmec Calendar (precursor to the Mayan one) expires on 21st December, 2012. This thought connecting with my increasing involvement in the Steampunk culture and Chrystal strode into my life. Over her long life she’s been everywhere, tried everything and actively seeks adventure; she’s also accumulated a fortune in objets d’art and other “missing” treasures which she uses to fund her somewhat eccentric lifestyle. But she finds she needs a companion to help her in the modern world and she chooses Sam (Samantha), a victim of the economic downturn who turned to petty crime to pay the bills. They meet when Sam tries to pick Chrystal’s pocket and they become partners-in-crime and lovers.
Chrystal has heard the legend of the Olmec Calendar –and that the Earth can only be saved by one with no heart and the greatest heart. And that a blood sacrifice will be needed. So she sets out, with Sam, to locate the original calendar and restart the cycle. But there are forces who want her to fail and chaos to triumph.
This is the first in a planned trilogy of novels, as well as related short stories. The first of these, The Collector (set in 1880), has already been published in the Steampunk anthology Lost Souls of the Asylum, (Sept 2012).
The funding target on this website is relatively modest, but will cover initial printing costs, distribution and goodies for contributors. Some of these goodies will be added at random as books are sent out to donors. Please continue to donate even if I’ve passed the target – your name will still appear in the book and you’ll still get the goodies. Until further notice! Keep an eye on the "Updates" section for more news about goodies for contributors.
I expect to post copies of the book in early March, 2013.
Thank you for your kind support,