About The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales “Once upon a time” is a phrase that immediately conjures images of enchantment. Royal balls, magical creatures, love at first sight… We are taken to a fantasy world where anything is … Continue reading Where Steampunk Meets “Once Upon a Time…” The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales is Available Now!
Stardust is a fabulous film both written and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class). And even more importantly, it’s based on a book by my all-time favorite author, Neil Gaiman. He is best known for his off-kilter and often creepy tales such as Neverwhere and Coraline. This particular work is a bit of a departure from his normal style. I have seen others liken it to works such as The Princess Bride, and I think this is a fair comparison. As is always the case, the film is not a verbatim copy of the book. But I actually really liked the times that the … Continue reading Stardust (2007) Movie Review
Read Part 1 Books Tell us More than Stories The literary audience of the steam era had a voracious appetite. They commonly turned to compilations of “fairy stories” to feed their fervor. Collections such as the Grimm Brother’s Children and … Continue reading Why so much Supernatural even in an Age of Reason? (Part 2/2)
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters stars Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans) and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy). Plus, one of my favorite character actors, Peter Stormare (Brothers Grimm, among many others). The original story was published in 1812, but with the delightful mish-mash of technology in this adaptation, it is hard to place it in time. Background In the Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel’s evil stepmother convinces their father to abandon them in the woods to avoid starvation. As mean as this sounds, the Grimm boys actually softened the original tale for their collection. Pretty much any time an evil … Continue reading Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Review
Words by Nemma Wollenfang Gaslight & Grimm Introduction Gaslight & Grimm is an anthology of 13 short stories by a range of professional writers and Edited by award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Diana Bastine. All are fairy-tale retellings with steampunk twists. Some surprisingly inventive. From a darkly comical Puss in Boots to a beautifully depicted Red Shoes, to name some. It’s priced at £2.84 (kindle) or around £10.59 (paperback) on Amazon, so it won’t break the bank. Length: 252 pages. Gaslight & Grimm Overview The back page blurb says, “Tales have been told… but never quite like these.” They’re right. While you may know the … Continue reading Gaslight & Grimm book review