With the release of the new movie Winchester, there’s been quite a bit of renewed interest in the Winchester Mystery House. (See trailer below) This immense puzzle of a Queen Anne Victorian style mansion can be found at 525 S. … Continue reading Ghastly by Gaslight: The Winchester “Mystery House”
Fun Facts about The Life of Jules Verne The Early Days Jules Gabriel Verne was born on Feb. 8, 1828 and died from complications of diabetes on Mar. 24 1905. He was on track to become a lawyer when he … Continue reading Find out more about Jules Verne, one of Steampunk Literature’s Favorite Authors to Punk
Radio RetroFuture is a fabulous podcast hosted by anachropunk enthusiast, Bonsart Bokel. He invited me to join fellow bloggers and artists, Bess Goden and Stephanie Kato to talk about politics in Steampunk fiction. YouTube has told him that if he … Continue reading Phoebe Darqueling Stops by Radio RetroFuture to Talk about Politics in Fiction
‘The Last Airship’ is a Steampunk Web Series about a crew who set out to prove that the days of airships aren’t over yet in their alternative Victorian era. In the first series, composed of six 6-minute episodes, the crew … Continue reading Announcing the Launch of a New Steampunk Web-Series, The Last Airship. First Episodes Available Now!
Fizzy wine has a long history, but we won’t linger on its origins (unless you want to, then click here). The most interesting part of its tale, like so many other things we take for granted nowadays, was during the … Continue reading Get in the Spirit: A Brief History of Champagne
What is The Faraday Cage? A collection of five Steampunk stories set in a world where Tesla discovered the key to anti-gravity. From there, the sky is no longer the limit, and the people of the steam-era take to space. From the Voidships website: Style Voidships features the classic steampunk tropes of steam-powered dirigibles, spacecraft, even giant mechs. But in keeping with the “Hard Steampunk” ethos, these are all derived from the root technology of Tesla sails. Voidships technology is beautiful Victorian engineering, but practical rather than fanciful. Where possible, voidships have panelled walls and baroque furniture, but in the greasy engine rooms and shipyards decoration … Continue reading The Faraday Cage Short Story Collection Review
It has taken 10 years, but gin has grown on me. I had a hard time getting past the pine tree scent, and I am allergic to limes so the classic gin and tonic with a twist of lime was … Continue reading In The Spirit: The History of Gin & Tonic
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
Maybe witches aren’t your thing, so you won’t be seeing Hansel and Gretel as part of your Steampunk Halloween. But everyone likes vampires, right? In 2010, author Seth Grahame-Smith penned an alternate history featuring America’s favorite president and pitted him against the forces of darkness. His vision became a movie in 2012 and it is another awesome choice for any steam-inspired fright fest. What is it About? Abe’s (Benjamin Walker) sojourn into the vampiric underworld starts when he is a child, though he doesn’t know it. His mother falls victim to a mysterious disease after his father stands up to his ruthless his boss, Jack Barts … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a Perfect Choice for a Steampunk Monster Movie Marathon