The History of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The story first appeared in print in 1820 as a short story. Since then, it’s gone on to be one of the most enduring American ghost stories of all time. In Washington Irving’s original tale, a hapless schoolteacher in New York state is pursued by a ghost in 1790. I remember watching a short Disney adaptation at Halloween every year in elementary school. Compared to its adaptation by director Tim Burton in 1999, that was definitely child’s play. The Movie Punks the Original In the film, the character of Ichabod Crane has been fundamentally altered. (Except, perhaps, for … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow (1999) Punks an American Revolution Myth
How do Ouija and other Spirit Boards Work? Spirit boards are widely regarded to be nothing more than a toy. The game is simple; a group of people would place their hands on a planchette that sported a hole through … Continue reading What is a Spirit Board?
Have you ever thought about living forever? Sounds pretty good, but what would it take? The Eterna Files, Book 1 of the Eterna Files series, explores just that question. After the deaths of Abraham Lincoln and Prince Albert, the governments of the UK and the US have assembled teams to try to unlock the key to eternal life. The US team depends on Clara, a woman who is sensitive to the supernatural and remembers all of her past lives. But when the story begins, her team has just been killed in a terrible accident, including Clara’s secret lover Louis. She mourns his death in secret and … Continue reading The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber Review
Ghost stories appear in the folklore of countries all over the world. But ghosts as we think of them today in America and the UK where the majority of Steampunk stories occur have their roots in Spiritualism. Some people treated … Continue reading The Rise of Ghost Stories in Victorian Literature
The word “photography,” which roughly means “light-writing”, was coined in 1839 by chemist and inventor Sir John Herschel. There were some cameras prior to this year, … Continue reading Using Photography as “Proof” of the Afterlife
Whenever I explain Steampunk to the uninitiated, I have to say, “oh yeah, and also” several times to try to encompass it all. I usually get them on board when I go from Jules Verne to punking technology. But then … Continue reading An Introduction to “Spiritualism” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
If you’ve been following me since my For Whom the Gear Turns days, you know that I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE Halloween! I am still in the process of moving my content from my old blog to the Journal, and I could delay the … Continue reading Get Ready to Celebrate Halloween with the Journal all Month Long
What’s the Book About? Alistair Pennington was an English gentleman who had rejected his father’s idea of “normal” and run off to the colonies to become an Ab-natural Ethologist; one who studies the ghosts of animals. A situation arises in … Continue reading Synopsis: Alistair Pennington’s Ab-natural Inconvenience by Tim & Kathy Hunt