Need some inspiration for your Halloween costume? Check out this video for how to make your own creepy post-apocolyptic Steampunk mash up mask Continue reading Another Steampunk Halloween Resource – Mask Tutorial Video
Guys, this was hard. Like, waaaaaaaay harder than I expected. It turns out there are LOT of Steampunk movies with a bit of the gothic or macabre so they’d work for Halloween. I decided to choose five categories and … Continue reading Top 5 Movie Picks for your Steampunk Halloween
Director Raul Garcia (The Lion King, Aladdin) brings together five amazing depictions of some of Poe’s scariest stories and pairs them with voice talent like Christopher Lee, Guillermo Del Toro, and Bela Lugosi (archive). I especially loved using Del Toro to narrate The Pit and the Pendulum because the story takes place during the Spanish Inquisition, and his accent helps add to the setting in a way that just reading it couldn’t. The Masque of the Red Death always stuck out to me as a reader, and the sumptuous style and rich colors of the animation were spot on. The style of each vignette … Continue reading Get a Dazzling Look at Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic Tales
Earlier this year, we devoted a week to Egyptomania. To make it easier to include our fine, bandaged friends in your Halloween, those articles are compiled below. A Taste of the Victorian Era – Egyptomania The Mummy’s Curse Victorian Mummy … Continue reading Get All of your Steam Era Mummy Links in One Place
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?
I have noticed there are many brands of liquor that boast a start date sometime in the 1880’s. It made me wonder about the favorite drinks of the steam era, and started me down a delectable series of articles. I’ll … Continue reading Embrace One of the “Spirits of the Season” with Apple Cider, a 19th century Favorite
What’s in a Name? There are many different terms for vampires (also spelled vampyre in English), such as vyrkolakas (Greek), Bulgarian and Macedonian вампир (vampir), Bosnian: lampir, Croatian vampir, Czech and Slovak upír, Polish wąpierz, and (perhaps East Slavic-influenced) upiór, Ukrainian … Continue reading A Guide to Victorian Vampires