Foreword to "Introducing Penny Dreadnought..." by Alan Ryker
I’m a romantic. There’s no hiding it. I’m too sincere. I’m too enthusiastic. I can’t play it cool, so I’m just going to come out and tell you what publishing this first issue of Penny Dreadnought means to me.
I believe that fiction can matter. I believe it can even be dangerous, but only if the writer is fearless. That’s not an easy thing. We tend to be an anxious lot.
A dreadnought is a battleship, but a literal paraphrase for “dreadnought” is “fear nothing.” Penny Dreadnought began as a wish to get my work alongside the most talented and fearless writers I know. Somehow, I was lucky enough that my first choices all agreed. And thus began the accursed fraternity of the Abominable Gentlemen.
These men do not care about false genre boundaries, only making the best stories they can. They don’t care about the next hot subject, only their next impossible-to-ignore idea. They’ve put in their dues and know the rules, so they know exactly when and how to break them.
And they’ve agreed to let me place my stories beside theirs on a regular basis.
So, I’m very proud to introduce Penny Dreadnought, the insidious indoctrination engine of the Abominable Gentlemen.
Writers are still adjusting to the idea that when we sit down at the keyboard, we need only worry about creating the best work possible. We need not dread pouring our time and hearts into something we can’t get past gatekeepers with more conservative (or fiscally-focused) aesthetics. In this climate, I expect our work to only get better. More dangerous.
Where to find Abominable Gentlemen online
Penny Dreadnought: Omnibus! Volume 1
16 stories from weird fiction authors The Abominable Gentlemen. Side effects may vary from reader to reader, but are likely to include: trembling hands; creeping dread; visions of the end times; speaking in tongues; existential doubt, and an intolerance to sparkly vampires.
Penny Dreadnought Omnibus! Vol 1 includes all the stories from the first 4 issues, as well as a bonus gallery of cover art.
Penny Dreadnought: Uncommitted Crimes
From the criminal minds of the Abominable Gentlemen come four tales of murder, malfeasance and malarky:
"Occupational Hazard" by Iain Rowan
"The Aerialist" by Alan Ryker
"Packob's Reward" by James Everington
"Poe's Blender" by Aaron Polson
Penny Dreadnought: Uncommitted Crimes is approximately 14,000 words of both new and previously published stories.
Penny Dreadnought: The Lone and Level Sands
The Abominable Gentlemen build four worlds only to destroy them in this issue of apocalyptic fiction. Witness four unique visions of the end in:
“Precious Metal” by Aaron Polson
“Only the Lonely” by Iain Rowan
“The New Words” by Alan Ryker
“He” by James Everington
Penny Dreadnought: The Lone and Level Sands is 20,000 words, or approximately 80 pages.
Penny Dreadnought: Descartes' Demon
From the malignant minds of the Abominable Gentlemen come fearful tales of paralyzing epistemic doubt. What do you do when you turn a corner and you find yourself where you hadn't intended to go, and you turn back and find that what's behind you isn't where you came from? When nothing makes sense, do you doubt your own sanity, or the world’s?
You’ll find no easy answers within the following tales