Iron & Blood: Steampunk Novel

Iron and Blood cover

Step in to a brand new steampunk adventure with Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin!

New Pittsburgh, 1898: a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power.

Jake Desmet and Rick Brand, sons of New Pittsburgh and heirs to the Brand & Desmet Import Company, travel the world to secure unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons. Smuggling a small package as a favour for a Polish witch should have been just another mission, but things have taken a turn for the violent.

Meanwhile, in the abandoned mines beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as “hell with the lid off.”

When hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and beloved cousin Nicki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot that threatens New Pittsburgh — and the world. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake’s courage, every bit of Rick’s cunning, every scintilla of Nicki’s bravura and all the steam-powered innovation imaginable!

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Event Review: Wave Gotik Treffen 2015

Event: Wave Gotik Treffen
What: Gothic Festival
When: May 21-25 (weekend of Pentecost)
Where: Leipzig

Although the 24th edition of the world’s largest Gothic festival took place two weeks earlier then last year, the weather meant good with the over 20,000 visitors who invaded the city of Leipzig last month.

The diverse program started on Thursday evening with the first opening parties.

The WGT Friday is normally reserved for the Victorian picnic organized by Viona from Viona-Art. But due to the increasing numbers of photographers, she and her husband decided to change the event to make it more exclusive for guests.

Viona's Victorian Village

Not part of the official WGT program, they held the first edition of Viona’s Victorian Village at the panometer arena. Entrance was free but regulated by dress-code so no paparazzi tourists could enter. The Victorian Village offered a more private atmosphere as well as stage programm including historical dance lessons, a costume contest and music performances. The first acts of the latter were especially interesting for steampunks as the well-known German Chanson-singer Daniel Malheur joined forces with Dale Rowles from BBBlackdog (UK). Continue reading