The Rise and Fall of the Swell Mob of the Seven Dials

Imagine if Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist as a steampunk novelโ€ฆ

Deep in the bastion of Wellus House, the international manufacturer of gunpowder ammunition and weapons of mass destruction, lies the Babbage computer, projecting a new business opportunity occurring in the USA between 1860 and 1865. A Civil War will erupt resulting in a projection of 3 million users of weapons and 3 million casualties of weapons. This will result in huge profits for Wellus House if they can develop their latest prototype weapon in time. The Wellus House Prototype Ray Gun causing death in 5 minutes! Death by spontaneous combustion! Can the infamous Victorian master thief Bill Sikes exploit the resources of Fagin, the Godfather of the Swell Mobs of the 7 Dials, to break into the bastion of the morlocks before his illicit love affair with Ms. Maylie is discovered by murderously jealous Nancy?


J.E.F. Rose created a myriad of illustrations for the book. They can be viewed in the mosaics below.

Bill Sikes, the star of the book is also featured as a 19th century werewolf in the one of a kind werewolf illustration series.

Main characters

The Morlocks

Secondary Characters




Morlock’s Fiendish Plan

Ghosts of Blackheart Manor

Sike’s Death Scene

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