In February 1875, the barrister and author Herman Charles Merivale (1839-1906) was committed to Ticehurst in Sussex, a private lunatic asylum owned and run by the Newington family since 1792. Having suffered from what would nowadays be deemed as depression, … Continue reading My Experiences in a Lunatic Asylum, by Herman Charles Merivale; 1879
It’s a fickle world we live in and the television industry is no exception. Popular Victorian era show Dickensian, which features a London filled with all the Charles Dickens characters, has been cancelled due to falling numbers. According to BBC … Continue reading BBC axes Dickensian after one entire series
The Labour party could ban companies from paying shareholders dividends unless they pay their staff the Living Wage, it has been confirmed today. The leader of the opposition party has spoken out about the lack of reasonable pay for workers in the industrial sector. In a statement made today, Labour leader Oliver Twist said “Currently the economy relies on the sweat and toil of the factory floor worker. The Empire is growing because blue collar workers are giving their all while the Lords at the top rake in all the profit.” Continue reading “Labour leader calls for more for workers”
Since the first Assassin’s Creed episode was released, thousands of people around the world have been hooked on the secret war between the Assassin’s and the Knights Templar. Having an interest in the Templar history, it seems strange that Ubisoft selected them to be the antagonists and not the other way around. However, it makes for a wonderful scenario and each game does state that it’s a work of fiction.
The year is 1868 and the industrial revolution is powering Britain as the most powerful country in the world. In this alter-universe, the Templars and their henchmen – The Blighters – have taken control of London and it’s down to our new twin heroes Jacob and Evie Frye to stop them. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate review”
I’ve been a big fan of Gary Nicholls‘ work ever since he first discussed his plan for the Imaginarium story to me a year ago. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him at Asylum and seeing his vision unfold to rapturous acclaim. His attention to detail and determination to concluded this epic story is admirable. Here, he’s written for Steampunk Journal about the next chapter in the story and the introduction of a new character and good friend of mine. Continue reading “Gary Nicholls releases new images from the Imaginarium”
An idea for a steampunk sequel to Oliver Twist – Charles Dicken’s famous story about a down and out boy who is really the son of a wealthy gentleman – has been completely redrafted from it’s previous version by none other than Cornetto Trilogy director Edgar Wright. Continue reading “Steampunk sequel to Oliver Twist gains momentum”
I was invited by the White Rose steampunks Facebook group to meet them at the Dickensian Festival in Grassington today. It’s quite a drive from my home in Sheffield and my route finder took me on a peculiar journey. At first, I traversed the same roads as when I was on my way to Haworth including driving by the hotel I stayed at! Continue reading “Grassington Dickensian Festival 2013”