Archive for the ‘Writing & Poetry’ Category

Dear Midnight of Love

Oct
11

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Beneath the corrupt exterior of alderman “Bathhouse John” Coughlin beat the heart of a poet. On October 8, 1900, his sentimental ballad Dear Midnight of Love debuted at the Chicago Opera House, sung by thirteen-year-old May “The Silver-Tongued Nightingale” de …

The Facts in the Case of Edgar Allan Poe

Oct
04

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Of course I shall not pretend to consider it any matter of wonder, that the extraordinary case of Edgar Allan Poe has excited discussion. It would have been a miracle had it not—especially under the circumstances. Though the desire of …

Gail Carriger Promotes Imprudence

Jul
21

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Author Gail Carriger comes to Chicago to promote Imprudence, the second book in her Custard Protocol series. The book released on July 19. Volumes Bookcafé (1474 N Milwaukee Ave.) in Wicker Park hosts her book launch at on Tuesday, …

The Art of Villainy

Jun
28

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V Is For Villains are issuing a two-pronged assault. The new Murder in the Art will be coming out as an album and as a book. Mr. Agitator (aka Nick Santiago) answered a few questions for us.

Bands work as

Husbands and Lap Dogs Breathe Their Last

Apr
12

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Mainly Murder Press just published playwright David Steven Rappoport’s Husbands and Lap Dogs Breathe Their Last: A Cummings Flynn Wanamaker Mystery. He and I are regulars at the Owen Society for Hermetic and Spiritual Enlightenment, an offshoot of occult …

Iron Horses Can’t Be Broken

Mar
29

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In January 2015, Steampunk Chicago featured Burning Brigid Media, a production company with an aim of creating stories for characters marginalized traditionally by their race, gender or orientation. They launched a serialized steampunk western, Iron Horses Can’t Be Broken

Nietzsche’s Nervous Breakdown

Jan
05

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“From life’s school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger.” –Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols.

On January 3, 1889, philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche saw a man about a horse. He was staying in Turin, …

Take Tea with Author Alyson Grauer

Nov
03

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In lieu of the usual monthly tea, Geek Bar will be hosting a party for steampunk author Alyson Grauer. On the Isle of Sound and Wonder, released by Xchyler Publishing, reimagines Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The party …

Trilbymania!

Sep
16

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George Du Maurier launched Trilbymania. His tale of the free spirited Trilby O’Ferrall sold over 200,000 copies in its first year and inspired plays, movies, fashion and introduced new terms to the English lexicon.

On September 8, 1894, the novel …

Hail Satan!

Jun
16

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Charles Baudelaire published his decadent collection of poems Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) on June 25, 1857. It examined Tableaux parisiens (Parisian Scenes) with an eye on the modern and Les Litanies de Satan with an exhortation …