A Matter of Temperance Book Review

A Few Thoughts on Indie Publishing Before I Begin When I was taking Art History classes in college, one of my favorite units was on “art of the naïve.” We often associate naivety with negative connotations, such as uncouth or ignorant. But in this case it simply means “untrained.” So, artwork of this kind is the result of the creative impulse pouring itself out through someone who was not an “artist” by training. They were spontaneous and made their art only for their personal satisfaction. There was something so pure and remarkable in these unpolished and unorthodox works; the joy of the uncontained creative spark. In … Continue reading A Matter of Temperance Book Review

Sleepy Hollow (1999) Punks an American Revolution Myth

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

Van Helsing is the Ultimate Monster Movie Meets Steampunk Mash-up

  Stephen Sommers, who brought us the special effects-laden reboot of The Mummy in 1999, also lent his imagination (as well as his pen) to create Van Helsing in 2004. Even though both films are almost a decade or more old they are some of my absolute favorites for their combination of action, visual effects and fun. What is Van Helsing About? Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is a monster hunter with a mysterious past. He is employed by the Catholic church to seek out and destroy evil, but remembers nothing before he was charged with his holy quest. As far as I can tell, the only … Continue reading Van Helsing is the Ultimate Monster Movie Meets Steampunk Mash-up

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a Perfect Choice for a Steampunk Monster Movie Marathon

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

Looking for a Spooky Read for a Young Steampunk in Your Life? Check out The Monster Hunter by Kit Cox

Kit Cox, also known in Steampunk circles as Major Jack Union, writes about monsters in the steam era. Where his first book, How to Bag a Jabberwock: A Practical Guide to Monster Hunting, is more of a how-to for aspiring protectors of the Crown, The Monster Hunter is a novel about a young boy coming of age amidst the threat of these monsters. Benjamin Jackson Gaul is half-British and half-Indian, but doesn’t fit in to either place. His only real friend is his mother, whom he loses at the tender age of 12. She protects him from a mysterious creature in the tea field, but fails … Continue reading Looking for a Spooky Read for a Young Steampunk in Your Life? Check out The Monster Hunter by Kit Cox