Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Grinning Cat, Chapter One – by Joseph W Svec III

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Chapter 1. A Very Strange Visitor (Now that’s rather unusual.)

It was a cold and foggy February 4, 1898, rather typical for that time of year actually, but most untypically, Sherlock Holmes was not quite his usual self that day. No, not at all. Not in the least. And I must confess that even after all of the unusual and quite incredible adventures we had shared up until the morning of that very strange visitor, I was rather beside myself as well. Continue reading “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Grinning Cat, Chapter One – by Joseph W Svec III”

Is Dreadpunk a new subculture?

There are a couple of articles doing the rounds at the moment covering Dreadpunk. It was announced at DragonCon 2015 by Derek Tatum as a way to describe the bout of modern Gothic Horror that is becoming more popular by the year. Tatum is quick to defend Dreadpunk because it’s seen a lot of people denounce it as trying to steal away Gothic Horror and Gaslamp Fantasy Horror. He writes on his website “dreadpunk is used as shorthand for contemporary Gothic horror, suspense, and fantasy works set in an often stylized past. It’s a tongue-in-cheek term derived from the penny … Continue reading Is Dreadpunk a new subculture?

Interview with Kirstie Williams of CuriousCephalopods

Copyright Kirstie Williams, used with permission
Copyright Kirstie Williams, used with permission

I may have been tempting fate by getting in touch with someone who uses the word Cephalopod in their company name (I already spelled it wrong just then – thank you spell checker). But I have an affection for Octopuses, so when I saw some of the work coming from CuriousCephalopod (did it again) I had to get in touch and find out more about these wonderful pieces of art. Continue reading “Interview with Kirstie Williams of CuriousCephalopods”

Steampunk News round up 04/03/2015

    Embed from Getty Images Edit desk: Sorority women still living under Victorian era standards Brown and White For many sorority women, a typical night consists of getting rides to a fraternity’s off-campus house, partying there and then maybe “party-hopping” to… Artistic view of technology’s impact Parramatta Sun It is an acrylic-on-canvas ”steampunk” work that the James Ruse Agricultural College student said she used to explore our gradual progression… ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to be staged at UW-Parkside Journal Times The steampunk “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is directed by American Players Theatre actor Matt Schwader. In a steampunk world, where … Continue reading Steampunk News round up 04/03/2015

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman appear in Victorian clothing

Embed from Getty Images Following Benedict Cumberbatch‘s issues in America where he was forced to apologise for using the word “coloured”, he’s since returned to England and is now shooting scenes for the next series of Sherlock. As a fan of the show I can’t wait for the new series, so this can’t come soon enough. The unusual point is that both Cumberbatch and co-star Martin Freeman have been seen in splendid Victorian garb with Holmes sporting his traditional deerstalker and Watson in a bowler, complete with waistcoat, pocket watch and long overcoat. Everyone is at a loss as to … Continue reading Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman appear in Victorian clothing