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READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS: The Infernal Machine, by C.W. Snyder

Happy Sunday! Today, you can catch the first TWO chapters of C.W. Snyder's upcoming Steampunk Fantasy, The Infernal Machine, here on our blog!

Arthur lives as normal a life possible, tending cemetery grounds—until a mysterious warlock bestows him a clockwork heart, and a dark future to come...

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Chapter One

Mr. White unbuttoned his shirt, his hands shaking only a little. In the mirror over the sink,

he saw the tattoos that spiraled down from his shoulders and over his chest, moving in swoops and

whiorls that grew smaller the closer they drew to the keyhole in his chest, the bone outline white

under the fluorescent light.

In the early morning silence, he heard the tick of his heart, small but persistent. A chain

around his neck glinted in its reflection, the key on the end swinging in time. He frowned, a bit of

poem licking at the edges of his mind.

Did I request thee, maker, from my clay to mould me man?

His finger traced the scar on his chest and the hole there. He imagined he saw the hint of a

gear in the mirror and knew his imagination played with him. It didn’t make it easier.

Did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me?