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Comment by Ichabod Temperance CP 1 hour ago

Hello Mr. Regnad! You are always one to make me keep my facts straight!

I appreciate you remembering my tale from last year. Perhaps Professor Fate may weigh in.

The phenomenon of the ghost smoke has been occurring for many years. This smoke from the smokestack, is one of the milder supernatural happenings around this Sloss Furnace site. This was last Saturday, early in the evening, when the sky had just gotten dark. There would be lots of people all over the facility and in the spot where the smokestack in question rises out of the earth. The trouble there, is, that you cannot see the top of the stack from that close. There is a jungle of machinery and buildings around the stack. My friends and I saw it because we were about 100 yards away. It does not always last very long, either. This last batch lasted about 10 minutes.This haunted house attraction is in its seventeenth year. Every year, ghosts are sighted. I haven't been there yet, but I have heard that there is a locker room on the site with some unfriendly spirits there. People say they get pushed, roughly, or are gripped to the point of bruising. The ghost smoke is just something that I have been able to report on because of my location. As to someone being up to something, I have checked that stack and there is no way to get a smoke machine, or even a hose into it. I would refer you back to the pictures I posted in 'A Parlour in Time' page 65.

Sloss Furnace is an amazing facitlity! It is truly steampunk!

As a 'blast' furnace, built in 1887, that means that it had coal fired, steam driven turbines to create the blast of air. There is a cathedral hall with eight giant steel monsters lying within. They were replaced with more modern electric blowers, but the old steam turbines are still there. They are awe inspiring.

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad 11 hours ago

    With this happening two years running, my response is that somebody is up to something.  Someone is going to have to get permission to enter the facility while the phenomenon is taking place to investigate.  Somehow, I doubt that will happen, and we're going to be stuck with a mystery.

Comment by Ichabod Temperance CP on Sunday

Hello friends.

Last year I shared a paranormal experience with you. I will paste it here. Last night, it was repeated with many witnesses along side of me. Everyone was in agreement that we were seeing ghost smoke.

Last years post:

I have a little story that I have been meaning to share with you folks for a while.

Back in October, I worked in a haunted house attraction. People in scary, gory make-up and guys with chainsaws, and that sort of thing. I do not normally go for that kind of entertainment, but this was an unusual circumstance.

In the center of Birmingham, Alabama, is an iron smelting blast furnace named Sloss Furnaces. Built in the 1880s and run until the 1960s, it was a landmark of the city. It was, however, an extremely dangerous place to work. 95 men died in there, either being crushed and/or burned. It has been featured on Ghost Hunters and that genre of television. It is considered to be one of the most haunted places in America.

It is now a historic site and open for tours during the day. A few years ago, the city began renting it out to a promoter for use as a haunted house site. A trail runs through the plant, but it is relatively short. The area around the plant is pretty big so they expanded a second trail through a wooded patch next to the plant, and then this year, added a third trail in an open lot. A good friend of mine was hired to run this third trail and he brought me in.

Every year, there are reports of spooky goings on by the performers. I have never had a supernatural experience and did not expect to at this time. However, as I was situated a little bit a way from the plant, I noticed one night that there was smoke coming from one of the big stacks that mark either end of the blast furnaces. I thought that was a pretty neat gimmick, as I had the impression that a fog machine had been rigged up to create the illusion that the plant were in operation. I pointed it out to a coworker and she said that it was not a fog machine and that they do not know where the smoke is coming from. I wanted to believe that it was a paranormal experience, and not a gimmick, but I also wanted to check it out for myself. Before the attraction opened the next day, I located the smoke stack in question. Though the plant was originally opened in the 1880s, many of the buildings on site are from the teens and twenties. The smokestack I wanted looked as if it were the oldest structure on the premises and dated back to original construction. It rises straight up out of the ground and soars 100' into the air. I was able to examine it all the way around. It was not gimmicked. All the fog machines were breaking down and one would not have been used in this manner anyway. I have no explanation for the smoke that rose from that stack several of the nights that I was there. Some people said that it was condensation or some such thing. If condensation were to occur, it would be in the morning sun, not ten o'clock at night.

I am not sure, but I might have had a paranormal experience.

End, Last years post.

This discussion was held on Wolfgang Metzgers page, 'A Parlour iin Time'. There is an accompanying discussion and pictures of the facilities, Sloss Furnace.

Comment by Leslie Orton on September 5, 2014 at 6:15pm

The Aether Chronicle #16:

New Fad of Being "Locked In" Captures London Thrill-Seekers!

Jack The Ripper Sightings Bring Strange Rescue! 

Explore the Foreign Delights of Distant Hungary!


To Subscribe To The Aether Chronicle Simply "Follow" The Discussion on Leslie Orton's Page With The Latest Edition In It's Title! To Report Any Problems, Concerns, Or Story Submissions, Contact Leslie Orton.

Comment by Leslie Orton on September 2, 2014 at 8:20am

That's funny, when my feature reporter submitted his story, I thought his protagonists were very reminiscent of the Avengers team, or James Bond! Just for the Steampunk world. It's my job to come up with images for the newspaper, so I created these silhouettes, so audiences could fill in the details themselves (so the characters in the story could be whoever the readers imagine them to be.)

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on September 1, 2014 at 9:07pm

I'm sorry, but those silhouettes seem totally reminiscent of Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg of "Avengers" fame!  All that's missing is his umbrella, or should I say, bumberchute!  Heh

Comment by Leslie Orton on September 1, 2014 at 6:09am

In the next edition of the online Steampunk newspaper The Aether Chronicle:

Jack The Ripper Sightings Bring Strange Rescue by Two Investigators into the Paranormal!

Comment by kirk dorton on July 14, 2014 at 11:21pm

IMG_2700.JPGresult of my research , I found a temporal paradox . . .must reseach more

Comment by kirk dorton on July 9, 2014 at 7:28pm

will be investigating a an area effect time anomaly this weekend at san pedro calif , fort macarthur.watching romans rub elbows with cowboys and ww2 GIs.will attempt to  figure out the intent of this time anomaly.

Comment by kirk dorton on July 8, 2014 at 8:15pm

IMG_2689.JPGsteam punk"?" car at a local car show


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