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Victorian Vampires: Varney and Carmilla

"Penny dreadfuls" were cheaply printed Gothic novels in serialized formBefore Dracula, There Was Varney Before Bram Stoker published Dracula in 1897,…See More
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Steampunk Couture: An interview with Kato

Okay, today I have something really special: an interview with Kato, the British designer behind SteampunkCouture.com.  You've seen the posts…See More
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"Real Victorian People: Florence Cook  Spirit Katie King with Florence Cook (left) and Sir William Crookes  The Spiritualism Movement "Spiritualism" was popular in England from the 1840s until the end of the Edwardian…"
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Doré's Victorian London

Doré's Victorian LondonAn iconic image of a Victorian slumPaul Gustave Doré Gustave Doré (1823-1883) was a French artist best known for his engravings in wood and steel.  Two of his most famous works are his illustrated Bible and London: A Pilgrimage.  You can view much of his work at…See More
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The Royal Wedding of Victoria and Albert

Self-portrait of the young Victoria, five years before her wedding "It Was With Some Emotion That I Beheld Albert -- Who Is Beautiful."  At first Queen Victoria resisted the charms of her German cousin Albert; they met once as teenagers, but no romance followed.  But as…See More
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I'm a writer of paranormal fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi. My first novel, FEARFUL SYMMETRY (Past Lives #1) will be published in September 2011. Through a psychic form of regression called Retrocognition, my present day heroes witness their former selves living in a steampunk subculture of Victorian England. FEARFUL SYMMETRY contains plenty of weird but true details about 1870, a plethora of steampunk devices, and an alternate history about the telepaths, telekinetics, and pyrokinetics who pulled the strings in Imperial Britain until October 1870.

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Doré's Victorian London

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Fearful Symmetry: Chapter Two

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Hayden’s eyes narrowed.  “If the doctor on psych call discharged you, I’ll have his license pulled.”

“But –” I looked from face to face.  Except for the admissions-desk nurse, intent on her computer monitor, and a security guard staring out toward the parking lot, we had the waiting room to ourselves.  “Come on, Hayden.  You outed yourself when you pulled me from my car.  Everyone saw.”

No one spoke up to agree with me.

“Zach—” I turned to him, amazed.  “The Porsche’s…

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At 10:11pm on April 17, 2011, Gary Alan Ruse said…

And here's a real one from the 1850's---just as interesting in its own right.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=509622

At 9:56pm on April 17, 2011, Gary Alan Ruse said…
At 6:57pm on April 6, 2011, Stormpriest D'Nomad said…
Nah. Like I said: got most of those off of Tumblr.
At 6:38pm on April 6, 2011, Stormpriest D'Nomad said…
They're not "my" pix. Ive collected them off the web. In short, sure, and no bio is needed. I was just sharing what I thought was beautiful, intense or just stunning. Please do.
At 9:55am on April 5, 2011, Gary Alan Ruse said…

Actually, I was wrong--I hadn't seen that particular article (http://io9.com/#!5788742/where-did-steampunk-come-from).  I had visited the io9.com site earlier and thought it was the same thing.  But this one is different and was indeed interesting.  I always had the impression that "Master of the World"'s Robur was just Verne's aerial re-do of Nemo and the plots are quite similar, but hey, it's hard to fault the guy for wanting to repeat a successful formula.

Ah...and personna can be fun (and oft-times practical, too).  ;)

At 6:23pm on April 4, 2011, Gary Alan Ruse said…

Will be glad to fill you in on it around the end of May or so, when there's more to tell.  In the meantime, have you seen G. D. Falkensen's Steampunk page on Facebook?

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Steampunk/19157172299

It has some good links.

All best,

Gary

At 3:27pm on April 4, 2011, Gary Alan Ruse said…

Thanks, Stephanie!  Glad you like the photos. (It helps having an art and photography background!)  The mechanical hand took me about a day or so to assemble once I had gathered all the parts, some from e-Bay, some from my Dad's workshop parts jars, some brass tubing and a literal fistful of caps from Stetson Men's Cologne I had saved because they looked neat and I thought I might make something from them someday.  This is the first time I've put together a costume/personna, but it's so intricately linked with the screenplay project I'm working on that one seems to feed the other and anything that helps the creative process is good.  Besides, I've noticed fans having fun with cosplay over the years, and now I understand why.

 

Thanks for the link about the origins of Steampunk. (Yeah...actually I have seen that one before, but it's a good one!)  I've been a big fan of the genre since before it had a name, but read a lot of reference books about Victorian England sometime back for one of my earlier projects, and know only too well that the real Victorian England was "a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."  But it's a great setting for fiction!  And if you have an ear for the elegance of the English language, it sure beats today's conversational skills.

At 2:20pm on April 4, 2011, Gary Alan Ruse said…

Hi Stephanie--

Congratulations and all best wishes for your September book release!  Don't be afraid to be proactive regarding the promotion.  Publishers do some of it, but they're pushing lots of books. Social media and fan groups are a good way to get the word out, which you are clearly aware of.  Good show!

At 6:13pm on March 31, 2011, Happalonia Green said…
Welcome to the Empire!
At 3:40pm on March 29, 2011, Captain Denvo Pryde said…
Welcome to the Empire. Hopefully this site Inspires you.
 
 
 

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