Stories in this volume were inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. While each punk story reads well on its own without knowing anything of the Bard’s play that inspired it, we thought you may appreciate a short synopsis of each play – followed by a hint of how it is interpreted in punk fashion.

As You Like It

(which inspired “As You Like It” by Katherine Perkins and Jeffrey Cook)

 See for an excellent plot summary.

Dieselpunk story: “As You Like It” by Katherine Perkins and Jeffrey Cook

An exciting boxing match pits Orrie against his brother’s interests. Will his powerful truck with the refitted engines stand up against his pursuers with nitrous injectors? When Rosie is thrown off Factory property by her best friend Cecily’s dad, Boss Frederick, will her disguise of being a boy work out when the two women run off past the last way station? And what will happen when they all get together in the forest?


(which inspired “The Tragedy of Livingston” by Janice Stucki)

See for an excellent plot summary.

Nanopunk story (in play format): “The Tragedy of Livingston” by Janice Stucki

CJ Livingston, the Governor of New Jersey, is in the midst of debates during the presidential primaries against his strongest rival, Don Whist. Influenced by his belief in the class system, his strong-willed mother, and by the nanobots that the higher class inject to produce superior performance, will CJ listen to the voices of the common people and help to preserve their way of life? Or will his misplaced alliances and abuse of nanobot technology aid in his downfall?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(which inspired “Blast the Past: Fae and Far Between” by Rozene Morgandy)

See for an excellent plot summary. This play is filled with many characters both human and faerie, and many cases of mistaken identity. A short video that covers all the characters and their interactions can be found at:

Elfpunk story: “Blast the Past: Fae and Far Between” by Rozene Morgandy

 Harlequinn and Tiernan are planning their royal wedding and are surprised by a sudden contact with an albino from the faerie world, who turns out to be Osiris, the king of the faeries, with a wedding gift that will take the humans across the toxic wasteland between their lands and into the Fae world. Much trickery, mistaken identity, and magic potions follow. Will the humans overcome their personal issues, where two women in love are not allowed to marry due to fertility problems among the humans? And, most importantly, will the humans and the Fae resolve their long-time feud?

Julius Caesar

(which inspired “Dogs of War” by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins)

See for an excellent plot summary. Also see for a short video that covers all the characters and their interactions.

Dieselpunk story: “Dogs of War” by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins

The Brute, a monster tank left over from earlier days of war, rolls into the desert town at the head of a motley army of modified armored cars, cycles, and a gyro-copter overhead – provoking a round of back-stabbing and double dealing amongst those who would take power from Jules the Conqueror. But will the competition on the cycle track spill over into all-out battle on the desert sands?

Henry V

(which inspired “Hank” by Carol Gyzander)

See for an excellent plot summary

Cyberpunk story: “Hank” by Carol Gyzander

Hank is now the president of EngCorp, and trying to overcome his reputation from youthful days in the gritty Underground. When a break in results in plans for EngCorp’s new moddy chip being stolen by the French company of Agincourt, an insult from his childhood nemesis Dauphin provokes Hank into a cyber attack against the French. Will the moddy chip help their efforts? Will Hank be able to lead his cyber troops once more unto the breach?