Upcoming “Steampunk” Movies for Summer 2015

Okay they’re not Steampunk Movies, which is why we’re labeling them “Steampunk” movies, as in films that we feel confident Steampunks will enjoy . . . and as far as we can see there aren’t too many “period” films coming out this summer, but’s here’s a couple that might wet the Victorian and Edwardian appetites. […]

Steampunk Crowdfunding May Roundup

Another month, another great set of projects that you help make come to life! Lots of great stuff for game lovers this time. Here’s what’s on going on in May/June . . .  Film Ironbrass, ends July 2nd Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1051376102/ironbrass/widget/video.html  Season 1 synopsis: A futuristic society, having rebelled from a one-world government dictatorship, has […]

May 25th, 1925 – Teacher Makes a Monkey out of Tennessee

The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was an American legal case in 1925 in which a substitute high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach human evolution in […]

Sunday Summary – May 24th, 2015

So what did you miss this week? Monday, May 18th, 2015 May 18th, 1812 saw justice for Spencer Perceval, the only British prime minister to have been assassinated, Phoebe Darqueling reviewed the TV mini-series Neverland, and we pondered on whether Cardboard Tube Dueling should return to Pandoracon next year? Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 On May 19th, […]

Midsummer Masquerade 2013

Today we take a look back two years and revisit our summary of the 2013 Cincinnati Midsummer Masquerade . . .   Saturday night saw the fourth annual Midsummer Masquerade spread its wonder and mystery upon the grounds of Loveland Castle as over two hundred masked revelers partied into the night. The clouds smiled upon […]

May 24th, 1830 – The First U.S. Revenue Trains

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) was not the first railroad in the U.S., but it was the first common carrier railroad and the first to offer scheduled freight and passenger service to the public. It was the first intercity railroad in the United States. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, B&O was one of the two […]

The Midsummer Masquerade’s New Home!

After all the suspense of whether or not there would be a Midsummer Masquerade this year, we are thrilled to say not only will there be a Masquerade, but it shall be bigger and more beautiful than ever in its new location . . . the Moonlite Gardens! The Moonlite Gardens, built in 1920’s, has […]

Steampunk Anthologies

Short story anthologies are awesome for a variety of reasons. To start with, they’re a great way to get into something new without having to commit to an entire novel. Then there’s the variety of stories, and the possibility of discovering new favorite authors. And finally, a story collection means you can sit down and […]

May 23rd, 1829 – Behold the Accordion!

The accordion has become somewhat of a staple instrument with many Steampunk bands such Ford Theatre Reunion or This Way to the Egress that deliver that carnivalesque sound often with a frantic energy . . . but what of its origins? The advent of the accordion is the subject of debate among researchers. Many credit […]

Gin: The Steampunk Spirit

At the International Steampunk Symposium 2014, the Steampunk Chronicles announced the winners of their Readers’ Choice Awards. In the category of “Most Steampunk Drink” Gin was the clear winner. Gin has a long and interesting history. There are a lot of legends, anecdotes, and misconception about this amazing liquor. Come with me on a little […]

Ravenwood Castle

Hocking Hills, the green jewel hidden in southeast Ohio, boasts the kind of scenery one would expect in a feature fantasy film. Hollows offer glimpses of unspoiled wildlife. Towering trees line streams cut deep between the foothills. The parks offer an escape to another world. The only thing missing is a castle . . . […]

May 22nd, 1849 – Lincoln the Inventor

Abraham Lincoln‘s patent is a patented invention to lift boats over shoals and obstructions in a river. It is the only United States patent ever registered to a President of the United States. Lincoln conceived the idea of inventing a mechanism that would lift a boat over shoals and obstructions when on two different occasions the boat […]