Storm Watch - A Tale of the Sea

The Sea, they say, is a harsh mistress. But she gives as well as takes, and the tiny fishing village nestled between the towering cliffs depends on her good graces for survival. James Fairweather is about to discover what happens when her favour is lost. The air is heavy with the tang of salt. On the horizon, clouds are gathering. And something is stirring in the deep, below... More
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About LM Cooke

LM Cooke is the author of The Automata Wars, a steampunk trilogy. Volume 1, The Home Front was released in September 2012, and tells the tales of the people left at home while the soldiers on the front line take on an unknown enemy in a losing battle, while volume 2, The Front Line focuses on the fighting on the front. The concluding volume will be released in the near future.

LM Cooke has also contributed to the first three volumes of The Asylum Chronicles, the steampunk compilations also published through The Last Line. Contributions include Storm Watch in Tales from the Asylum (September 2010); A Letter To My Father in Beyond The Asylum (September 2011); and Waiting For The Sun in Lost Souls of The Asylum (September 2012). She has also stories in anthologies Steam Flashes (published by Tenebrous Texts); Airships and Automata (published by Cogsmith Publishing), and most recently had a poem published in the collection Within Darkness & Light, published by nOthing Books.

LM Cooke is also a singer, performing her own original dark works alongside some more traditional songs. Listen out for her musical version of her short story, Storm Watch, available on
In her spare time she is also co-host of the Gothic Alternative Steampunk and Progressive (GASP) Radio show on, has recently completed a Masters Degree in West Midlands history (specialising in Victorian prostitution) and plots galactic domination, while pandering to the whims of The Jibber, feline overlord. You can find out more at

‘The Automata Wars’ series and ‘The Asylum Chronicles’ are published by The Last Line Publishing House (; and are available from The Last Line and other outlets.

“...transcends genre limits to such an extent that if we didn't call it Steampunk we'd have to call it something like Gothic-Sciencefiction-Crime-Thriller-Horror.” - The Last Line Publishing House on ‘The Home Front’.

Author photograph: Dave Frith photography.

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