Stewart Sternberg is an educator in Michigan. He's author of numerous stories published online and in anthologies. His first novel, The Ravening, was published by Elder Sign Press. His newest novel, The Emerald Key, is slated to be released by Ticonderoga Publications later this year.
The Emerald Key blends alternate history steampunk adventure with elements of horror, mystery and urban fantasy. The game is afoot and Ember Quatermain, the brilliant daughter of the legendary explorer, must draw upon all her abilities in order to save the day. Her path is fraught with dirigibles, necromancy, lamia, the lost tomb of a great ancient warrior king, and the charming Peter Styles.
Society has collapsed under the weight of the Zagreus Virus and survivors are forced to fight one another as well as the walking corpses that are the Zagreus dead. Trying to find peace in this apocalyptic landscape, a father searches for his family when they are taken by members of a cult who see the animated dead as evidence of divine intervention.