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About Carol Gyzander

Carol Gyzander writes under her own name, even though few can spellCarol Gyzander or pronounce it (think “GUYS and her”).

She was a prolific reader of the three “A” writers in her early days: Andre Norton, Asimov, and Agatha Christie.

Since they moved every two years, Carol had lots of reading time on her hands as the perpetual new kid. But she became adept at people-watching in order to fit in at each new school, and followed this up by studying anthropology—the study of people and their culture—and lots and lots of English literature at Bryn Mawr College.

Now that her kids have flown the coop, she has gone back to her early loves with a thriller/detective novel and more science fiction in the works.

She lives in New Jersey with the writer’s requisite cats.

Cyberpunk Novella, “Mac”

My cyberpunk novella, “Mac,” is inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth and appears in the first Writerpunk Press anthology, Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk Volume 1.

It’s set in a near future, post-apocalyptic world where behavior and ambition are controlled by use of brain moddy chips. See what happens to Mac when his ambition is released! Note this is a standalone story that takes place in the same world as “Hank” in Volume 2.

Sound and Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk Volume 1
Sound and Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk Volume 1

Airships and sky pirates! Brain Modification chips! Technologically enhanced nymphs!

We have taken the plays that audiences have enjoyed for hundreds of years and reinvented them as cyberpunk, dieselpunk, Teslapunk and steampunk tales.
Featuring comedies and tragedies as well as a wide variety of punk genres, this collection has something for everyone. A spirit of subversive fun is strongly encouraged.  Sound and Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk is our first anthology of stories based on the Bard’s work.

Cyberpunk short story “Hank”

This cyberpunk story, “Hank” was inspired by Shakespeare’s play, “Henry V.” It’s in the second volume of ‘punk genre stories inspired by the bard, Once More Unto the Breach: Shakespeare Goes Punk 2 from Writerpunk Press.

The first of two stories in the same dystopic, near-future world, Hank must make some tough choices as he takes over his father’s corporation. The second story is “Mac,” in Shakespeare Goes Punk Volume 1. Yeah, I know – that’s backward – but each is a stand-alone story!

Once More Unto the Breach: Shakespeare Goes Punk 2
Once More Unto the Breach: Shakespeare Goes Punk 2

Cover blurb:

Welcome to the world of Shakespeare Goes Punk, where the Bard is remixed and nothing is sacred. Our fearless writers are back by popular demand to give you a ride on the punk train. Five punked-up tales and three sonnets inspired by Shakespeare. All profits to charity. As You Like It The Tragedy of Livingston (Coriolanus) Blast the Past: Fae and Far Between (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Dogs of War (Julius Caesar) Hank (Henry V) Clockpunk Sonnets (18, 105, 127)

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Short Story: “The Clockwork Raven”

My short story, “The Clockwork Raven,” is a clockpunk twist on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic.  In Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk, the latest anthology of ‘punk genre stories from Writerpunk Press.

Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk
Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk (Writerpunk Press Volume 3)

Cover description:

A clockwork raven. Two sets of irresistible teeth. A house brought to life by nanobots. A heart that won’t stop beating. All this and much more in the Writerpunk Press version of the beloved suspense stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

We’ve pulled out all the stops this time around to bring you the very best punked versions of classic Poe tales, complete with shiny gears and tiny bots! In addition to the more familiar Cyberpunk and Steampunk, we’ve added Bio, Deco, and Dieselpunk genres to the mix. The resulting volume is a dynamic take on horror of which the Master of Macabre himself would be proud.

Profits are to be donated to PAWS Lynwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue located in the Pacific Northwest.