Send in the Hounds! The Rise of Canine Popularity in the Victorian Era, Steampunk Dogs, and a Closing of a Popular Dog Museum

A Fondness for Small Companions Even before Victoria became queen, she loved dogs. The first, Dash, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was a gift from Sir John Conroy to Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent. When she was thirteen, Victoria … Continue reading Send in the Hounds! The Rise of Canine Popularity in the Victorian Era, Steampunk Dogs, and a Closing of a Popular Dog Museum

This New York City “Stench Map” was the Cutting Edge in Fighting Cholera in the Steam Era

In a World Before Germs… During my visit to the London Museum of Water and Steam, I learned a lot about the misunderstandings that people during the steam era had when it came to disease transmission. It wasn’t until a … Continue reading This New York City “Stench Map” was the Cutting Edge in Fighting Cholera in the Steam Era

Cinema for Steampunks: Kate & Leopold

Wait, You’re Saying This Movie is STEAMPUNK?! But, but, but…! I may be new around the Journal, but I’ve been doing movie reviews going on four years now. I thought I’d include a little disclaimer for this one. As a reviewer and a fan of everything Steampunk, I cast a very wide net. I don’t see my job as limiting what goes into the Steampunk canon. I’m here to seek out and share those things that will appeal to fans – even if they never would have thought of it themselves. Kate & Leopold, a sweet rom-com starring one my perennial favorites, Meg Ryan, and the delicious Hugh Jackman, … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: Kate & Leopold

Today’s youth have yesterday’s ideals


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Kids of today, eh? Being all polite and not getting into.. er… trouble.. That’s what recent studies are revealing anyway. And if the hype is to be believed, then the younger generation – or Millenials – are employing Victorian principles to their way of life. Continue reading “Today’s youth have yesterday’s ideals”

George Mann releases Ghosts of Manhattan

Those jolly fellows at Titan Publications have announced a new book from George Mann. Ghosts of Manhattan is set in a not-too-distant steampunk future. The roaring ’20’s are in full swing except the world is still full of steam and airships, mobsters and World War I heroes.
I’ve requested a review copy as it looks thrilling. If you’d like to review the book on behalf of Steampunk Journal, get in touch for full details.

Press release:

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1926, New York. Jazz. Flappers. Prohibition. It’s the roaring twenties but not as history remembers it. Coal-powered cars line the streets of Manhattan, while zeppelins and biplanes occupy the skies. And the US is locked in a bitter cold war with a British Empire that still covers half of the globe.  Continue reading “George Mann releases Ghosts of Manhattan”