Why I Was Hanged


  • First publication
    • Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers, Harper-Collins, September 2011.

Wolfe's comments from the afterword in Ghosts by Gaslight

"'Why I Was Hanged' owes as much to Nigel Price as it does to me. Nigel, who is intimately familiar with the culture of Victorian England, spent much time and effort in meticulously checking facts and practices. I owe him much more than this brief mention."



  • Sources of quotes
  • References to other works
  • Theories about what happens under the surface, what the narrator isn't telling us, who the narrator is and when and why s/he is telling the story, what the whole thing "means," etc. If there are multiple or competing theories, each one should be given a name with a three-bang (!!!) header; if the page begins to get out-of-hand from the size of these, as could happen in a few cases, they should be shuffled off to their own page(s).
  • Etc.

Unresolved Questions

  • Was it A or was it B, or was it X or Z?
  • Was it he or was it she, or was it you or me?
  • Who dunnit?
  • Did the Star Child really start WWIII at the end of 2001?