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Get Ready to Celebrate Halloween all Month Long with ForWhomTheGearTurns!

model: Candace Miller Photographer: Richard Fournier

model: Candace Miller Photographer: Richard Fournier

That’s right folks, it’s time for a monster mash. One popular way to “punk your steam” is to add elements of the supernatural to the tales from history, offering explanations that incorporate ghouls such as vampires and werewolves rather than what the history books say, as well creating brand new narratives where monsters play a role. Also, the Victorian era saw the birth of Spiritualism, the belief that spirits of the dead could and often did communicate with the living. All Hallows Eve, which has now been shortened to Halloween, celebrates the creepy and costume, and Steampunk seamstresses and seamsters, make-up artists and makers the world over use it as a chance to showcase their talents and share their knowledge.




Halloween has always held a special place in my heart, and in fact I launched this blog on October 31, 2013, so October is also my countdown the my first blogging birthday. Join me all month long for reviews of Steampunk movies and books that feature monsters and witches, costume construction tips from the sessions I attended at Weekend at the Asylum, LARP-ing games to give you an excuse to dust off your costume early, and other spooky fun surrounding the history of ghost stories and the practices of Spiritualism.

Do you have a scary or supernatural Steampunk story or photos of your Halloween creations that you would like to see appear on this blog? Send them my way at I can’t guarantee that I will post everything I receive, but I would love to get some submissions from readers. Make sure that you include the name you would like your creation attributed to as part of your email.



2 responses

  1. Hi Phoebe.

    I mentioned in another post about the steam engine of London Bridge, that Birmingham Alabama is home to a historic iron foundry containing the largest steam engine on Earth. The engine was used to power the blast furnace. It was built in 1887 and is the pinnacle of such technology at the time. Sloss Furnace was a terribly dangerous place to work. There are close to a hundred recorded deaths, and probably many more unreported. It is considered one of the most haunted places in the United States. It has been featured on various ghost hunter tv shows. I have seen smoke {ghost smoke} coming from one of the stacks of the retired plant on several occasions.

    Happy Halloween!
    ~Icky. 🙂


    October 9, 2015 at 10:10 am

    • Thanks for sharing. If I am ever in Alabama I will definitely check it out!


      October 9, 2015 at 10:11 am

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