Archive for the ‘Writing & Poetry’ Category

Happy Birthday Mr. Dickens


To one of the most influential writers in the English language we give a hearty happy 200th birthday!  Mr. Charles J.H. Dickens was  born February 7th, 1812 and had a tumultuous upbringing that few knew about until his later years …

Murder! Mayhem! Tour Guides!


Chances are that we will see a renewed interest in Chicago history with the 2013 cinematic release of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City with Leonardo DiCaprio as the murderous H.H. Holmes. After all, it should combine the …

Terra Mysterium to Steampunk Betwixt & Between, A Journey Into Faery


If you’ve been to our events lately you’ve most likely noticed a very well dressed and wonderfully pleasant group of people frequently at them.  If you’ve not had the pleasure to meet them yet, they are our good friends at …

Give a Little Back to the Scene


Steampunk is a vibrant and constantly changing arts, music and fashion movement.  And with that it is, of course, expected that there are some lofty dreamers and thinkers with some even loftier goals.  Fortunately for them, and arguably the rest …

The Year 2011, according to Edison in 1911


Ah, The Future. We live there now. But how close are we to the vision of a hundred years ago? Thomas Edison waxes fantastic about the future, 100 years from the (non-reimagined, non-steampunk) 1911.

It’s not as far fetched …

“Aurorama” Reading at Quimby’s a Success, Poetry Brothel this Friday


Valtat’s Read of new Steampunk Novel Aurorama at Quimby’s

Last Wednesday, September 22nd I attended a reading by French author Jean-Christophe Valtat read of his newest work, Aurorama, at Quimby’s Bookstore in Wicker Park.  Aurorama is the first novel in …