A Review of the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London

A Review of the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London Unless you are a truly devoted fan of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories and you don’t mind waiting in a long line, I would skip the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Seeing as how Holmes and Watson are literary characters, it is more accurate to call it a historic house with a twist than a museum. When I visited in 2014, I also thought the admission fee was too high for what you get. Once you are inside, it only takes maybe 30 minutes to walk through. There are plenty of historic homes that are even nicer, so if … Continue reading A Review of the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London

To the Home Cinema! -A Review of the television show “Houdini & Doyle”

To the Home Cinema! -A Steampunk Journal Review of the television show “Houdini & Doyle” by Victoria L. Szulc Houdini & Doyle is a television program loosely based on the friendship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini. The show aired in the U.K., U.S. and Canada in 2016. In the series, the keen sleuth and famous escape artist investigate both paranormal and human events. They are soon joined by the plucky London Constable Adelaide Stratton in their adventures. Victorian Murders and Mysteries From the very first episode, involving the questionable death of a nun in the Magdalene Laundries, we see the friction between Doyle, … Continue reading To the Home Cinema! -A Review of the television show “Houdini & Doyle”

Steampunk Sourcebook for Sherlock Holmes Part 1 – Character Biography and the First Short Stories

With Conan Doyle’s birthday this month, we’re paying tribute to his best known character, Sherlock Holmes. I set out to write this Sourcebook and it ended up being waaaaaaaay too long for a single post. This collection of synopses and … Continue reading Steampunk Sourcebook for Sherlock Holmes Part 1 – Character Biography and the First Short Stories

From Hell (2001) Review

          What is the Connection between the Title and Jack the Ripper? Jack the Ripper was a serial killer immortalized in the London newspapers of 1888. When London’s East End neighborhoods fell victim to a string of distinctive and brutal murders, they attributed them to a single person. The rumors often referred to “Leather Apron” because of the level of butchery. Though the bodies were left out in the open and found soon after the victims died, these murders pre-date forensic science so there was never a conviction. Letters (thought by many to be fraudulent) sent to the press and signed “Jack … Continue reading From Hell (2001) Review

Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley Review

Ever since I did my research about Egyptomania I have been dying to get my hands on some Steampunk fiction that played with this topic. When I fired up my Kindle, I found lots of great Steampunk books out there to download. Unfortunately, they didn’t all hold my interest. Nefertiti’s Heart was the first one I actually finished, and I certainly plan to seek out more books by A. W. Exley. It was equal parts romance and mystery, and was a fun way to pass the time. The story centers on Cara, a woman who has been running from her past for the last seven years. When … Continue reading Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley Review