Monday, 13 July 2009

New Steampunk authors, blog, magazine!

Two excitingly new sites hove into view through the Clouds, semaphoring madly, both featuring new steampunk writing!

The first is a new blog, by Ms C Taylor, of New England, USA. She started writing several years ago and hasn't stopped, recently starting a new blog - http://asteampunkreverie.blogspot.com/ - dedicated to steampunk, writing in general, and writing in the steampunk genre.

Ms Taylor has

debated for some time as to whether or not to start one, but with my first steampunk novel completed and the second in the series underway, I thought it would be a good idea. As I've gone through researching my book, I've come across such a wealth of information on the victorian age, in addition to steampunk, that I thought I would share.
and her blog is welcome indeed. As she notes, "if you are a writer and have tried to get your works published, then you will know it is no easy feat", and she welcomes your comments, experiences and suggestions.
The blog also features the first few pages of Viridis, her steampunk romance with a mystery woven through. I look forward to seeing how this tale, and her blog, progress, as I'm sure this would be a help and haven for burgeoning writers of the steampunk genre.
More excitingly, she is launching a competition for budding authors! Please, visit, debate and engage!


Second to signal across the cirro-stratus is Mr Teador Reljic from the clouds above Malta. Schlock is a monthly anthology featuring short and serialised fiction, illustration and photography.
A monthly magazine produced by a genre-fiction collective from Malta, the aim is to publish original works of speculative fiction, exploring various subgenres through experimental fusions in style and format. Schlock’s contemporary themes take a playful and irreverent look at genre fiction, given individual flair by a monthly rotation of writers and artists.

The June 09 edition of Schlock Magazine is a steampunk themed issue:

Join us as we plumb the laudanum laced depths of Victoria’s brilliantine Empire, into a world of fairy tales and forgotten cities, imperiled queens and imperious concubines, a sensuous medley of mechanical ravishments unlike anything you’re likely to experience ever again.

Stories from our stately coterie of contributers are graced by illustrations and pictures courtesy of Ellen, Marco, Malicia and Mark. To top it all off, we’ve enlisted the help of Malta’s finest photographers Denise Scicluna (http://www.denisescicluna.com/), Matthew Attard Navarro(http://www.whoishutch.com/) and Mark Casha (also our resident designer) to realise a garden party of truly debauched proportions with participants drawn from our very own Schlock storytellers. Not forgetting especial thanks for the aesthetic prowess and multifaceted wardrobes of Mlles. Sarah Micallef, Carla Said, and Maria Muscat. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Stories include: Catharsis by Ellen Pace; The Prince and the Priest by Bettina Borg Cardona; Bee Brains by Peter Farrugia; All Due to Clockwork by Marco Attard; The Wind-Up Time Machine by Kris Green; The Architect’s Epiphany by Daniel Vella; A Simple Request by Teodor Reljic; Frou Frou Paints the Town Pink! by Lara Schembri; The Killing Machine by Michael Vella
Steampunk is alive and well in Malta, and this collective deserves some serious attention! Please, visit their site.

4 comments:

  1. tip o' the top hat to you, sir! many thanks!

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  2. Thanks for spotlighting these sites. I really enjoyed steampunkreverie. I've had a lot of trouble finding good steampunk blogs and sites, so I'm grateful to you for making my search just a llittle easier.

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  3. Attempting to break into the underground world of Maltese steampunk society. It is ,after all, human nature to attempt to find creatures like oneself. ;) Anyone else into steampunk in Malta?

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  4. greetings everyone...
    trying to promote steampunk in Malta through Facebook! Find us! Steampunk Malta! Any posts, pics welcome!

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