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Leslie Orton posted an album

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 15, 2014 - 11:34pm
Leslie Orton posted an album
The Aether Chronicle ArchivesEnclosed are all past editions of the online Steampunk newspaper The Aether Chronicle.
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Nick Valentino posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 15, 2014 - 8:22pm
Nick Valentino posted a status
"New Blog Post! Radio Interview and Norwescon this weekend…"
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Jack Tyler posted a blog post

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 15, 2014 - 4:21pm
Jack Tyler posted a blog post
Perseverance is a Highly Underrated VirtueThis is one of my favorite expressions. To the best of my knowledge, I originated it (though I may have heard it in a movie at some point), but I'm sure something close to it was dear to the heart of that famous tortoise that won the race with the hare. It carried me through my recent collapse, coma, and rehabilitation when the doctors were telling my family that they should prepare for the end, and it has carried me through the past ten weeks when all I had to do with my time was write, and I couldn't put one word behind another.As some of you have read in my posts, I had feared that my writing days were over, that my personal creative well was dry. But I kept at it. Never a day went by that I didn't have my material out in front of me. There were many days that I didn't put a mark on paper or a letter on the screen, but every day I was steeping myself in it, surrounding myself with the trappings of my own created worlds. My wife bought me a new notebook (and a thing of beauty it is; a hardcover magnetic closure sporting a gilded antique map of the world) on the chance that struggling in the old one was extending my feelings of failure.  Well guess what? On April 9th it came back! I don't know if it has anything to do with the drugs finally leaving my body, or it was just my outlook being changed by the illness, but the prose is flowing again, and it is my hope that by the end of the week, I will have Episode 7 of Beyond the Rails II up as a free read on my web page.There is a lesson to be learned here, and I've learned it very well. Now I'd like to offer it to anyone who may have need: In the immortal words of Winston Churchill, Never, never, never give up! If there is something you want or need, keep after it. Every step along the path brings you closer to your goal, and one day that last step will put you over the finish line.In other news, I have been cleared to return to work on May 5th, a situation that is certainly going to curtail my writing time, but that's all right. I'll still be at it every chance I get, and I seriously hope to make up the lost four months, and have Volume 2 of Beyond the Rails up on amazon by the end of the fall. Hopefully, some of you will be along for the ride; I hope to make it a good one.And one more footnote: Check out the brilliant blog operated by Goodreads member Lynda ~ http://ilovetoreadyourbooks.blogspot.... ~ There's a lot of useful material there for any aspiring writer to absorb. You can also find her here at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2....Okay, that's it for this week. Now get out there and live life like you mean it!See More
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Tim Wellman posted a discussion

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 15, 2014 - 5:52am
Tim Wellman posted a discussion
Tim Wellman Wuz HereAre there many people active on this site?I joined/was accepted a couple months ago, and don't think I introduced myself. So, hello.I write steampunk books (though I also have several younger readers books published). Most notably to date, a long steampunk novel called Soundings, which has been on the Amazon best sellers list for a while in the YA Steampunk category (though the book is best rated 16 and up).Got a new novella coming out next week called Devilhole.And yet another novella next month, called The Ladies Of Jasmine Hall.All my books are post-apocalyptic steampunk... neo-Victorian in a future dystopian world. All books take place in the same world, but none are directly connected to each other.I started writing a long, long time ago :-) Then I was a Creative Writing major at Marshall University, and edited a literary journal along the way. Got side-tracked and became a comic book artist for a few years, but have devoted my full-time to writing for the last three years. (though I still create book covers)Anyway, that's me. I'd love to have steampunk friends on Facebook, so request friendshiphttps://www.facebook.com/tim.wellman.90And I thank you.... :-pSee More
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Wendy L. Callahan posted a blog post

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 15, 2014 - 12:49am
Wendy L. Callahan posted a blog post
Random Vague PostI must admit, there isn't much to say, other than I'm excited and nervous about Steampunk Empire Symposium. My first con - should be a lot of fun! I just wish I could skip the 10 hours of driving with a toddler to get there, then the 10 hours driving home. Spring brings with it the desire to create, so I am deeply immersed in a project at the moment. I know - that's vague. Here - have a writer meme! ~Steampunk Snark~  "If I could describe it with one word, I think I would choose ‘smelly’ over ‘glorious’." -- The Daemon Device ~Next Episodes of Sounds of Steam~ April 14, 2014 - Nerd-Gasm with Matthew "Correllbow" Correll of The State of the Nerd April 21, 2014 - Props - Real or Fantastic - BANNED! April 28, 2014 - Adventures at Steampunk Empire Symposium May 5, 2014 - Steampunk ThriftSee More
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The Bat is my Brother by Robert Bloch

Dieselpunk - April 12, 2014 - 5:34pm
Thanks largely to books such as An Interview with the Vampire and the Twilight series, vampire stories have seen resurgence in popularity. Recently I had the good fortune to read the short story The Bat is My Brother by Robert Bloch, which was written in 1944 and published in Weird Tales.


The author Robert Bloch is most famous for his novel Psycho, which was the basis of the movie. His statement "Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk," was borrowed by Stephen King and is often attributed to King rather than Bloch.

The story opens with the protagonist Graham Keene awakening to find himself seemingly buried alive in a paupers grave. As horrible a situation as that would be, the situation quickly takes an even more terrifying turn when he learns that he’s burial was due to a vampire attack that he is now one of the undead.

The Bat is My Brother is an overall good story. In many ways it was ahead of its time with the removal of the supernatural (in the story, vampirism is a disease rather than black magic) along with elements reminiscent of the movie Daybreakers.

Pages of Weird Tales with the story can be viewed here. There is also an unofficial Robert Bloch website.
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