Steampunk Hands Around the World 2019 – This is Me


It’s hard to believe a year has passed by so quickly. It doesn’t seem that long ago when we were taking a Steampunk Road Trip around the world. Together, we visited many wonderful countries, heard about some great events and groups, and got to meet some amazing people.

This year, we’ll be traveling a bit, but in a way, also staying close to home, because this year is all about You.

This year’s theme is “This is Me”, inspired by the song from The Greatest Showman.


Paraphrasing the key ideas from the song:

I am who I am meant to be

I’m marching on to the beat I drum

I make no apologies

This is me!


This year, I want to hear from you about how steampunk helped you more fully express yourself, guided you to what brought you joy and happiness, and how maybe it gave you the strength and courage to be unreservedly and apologetically your full self.

There won’t be daily posts from me as in years past, but I look forward to reading your stories, either publicly here or on social media, or privately in emails.

Our community is so amazing, so creative and so very vibrant. Each one of you have stories to tell about how steampunk intersects with your life, and I’m eager to hear them.


As I always say,

Do what you do

Be who you are

Support each other and the community

Published in: on February 1, 2019 at 8:56 pm  Comments (1)  

Press Release – Boston Metaphysical Society Releases First Novel


Steampunk Novel Explores Alternate History

BURBANK, CA. Madeleine Holly-Rosing, writer/creator of the steampunk comic Boston Metaphysical Society announced the release of the first novel set in this alternate-history universe at Gaslight Expo in San Diego, CA on October 6, A Storm of Secrets. “It was time to expand the universe beyond the comic, short stories, and novellas,” Ms. Holly-Rosing commented. “And fans have clamored for more detail about not only the world, but the main characters as well as the supporting ones.”

A prequel to the original graphic novel series, Boston Metaphysical Society: The Complete Series, the novel is set in a steampunk alternate-history in late 1800’s Boston. The story begins when Samuel Hunter, an ex-Pinkerton detective, returns home to Boston after a honeymoon in Europe with his wife Elizabeth who is the heir to one of the Great Houses of Boston. Their domestic bliss is interrupted when Elizabeth’s psychic abilities return. Unfortunately, this turn of events is a political liability for her father who is dealing with industrial espionage and a potential demonic threat. “Gaslight Expo has been a great supporter of my work over the years, so it made since to launch it there,” Ms. Holly-Rosing said. “Plus, it was so special to hand over those first copies to longtime fans.”

This novel is the first in a series though Ms. Holly-Rosing plans on starting a new series soon that focuses on the House Wars, her version of the American Civil War. “I can’t wait to start,” Me. Holly-Rosing remarked. “Now, I just have to carve out the time.”


The novel and the graphic novel can be found on Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords.






Where to buy:



If you would like to schedule an interview with Ms. Holly-Rosing or would like more information, please contact her by email:

Published in: on October 28, 2018 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Press Release – Steampunk FAQ Book

Press Release – Steampunk FAQ Book

Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Beloved AND Bestselling FAQ Series!

Since its successful debut volume, THE FAB FOUR FAQ, the FAQ series has exploded, with over 300,000 books sold and nearly 100 titles in print. The FAQ series has covered dozens of mammoth music artists, from Led Zeppelin to Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd to the Smiths, stretching deep into theater, film, and television, with James Bond, Twin Peaks, Star Wars, and Dr. Who. The series has even jumped into hot pop culture interests, from video games to wrestling, beer, and beyond.

The FAQseries represents a one-stop source of info, history, and minutia on an array of performing arts subjects. Readers not only get the DNA of the artist’s career, or a TV series’ legacy, but droves of obscure facts, entertaining anecdotes, delectable lists, rare photographs and period ephemera, and more. These reader-friendly volumes are presented in a lively, engaging style that invites perusing at any point within the book. Each chapter serves as a freestanding article on any aspect of the story, allowing readers to put down and pick up the book with ease.

In 2018, the FAQ series celebrates its 10th anniversary with four exciting, new titles and a fresh, forward-thinking redesign, including :

  • Steampunk FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World of Goggles, Airships, and Time Travel by Mike Perschon (11/6/18)

Author: Mike Perschon

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, trade paperback
Release Date: 11/06/2018

ISBN: 9781617136641

400 pages

“What is steampunk?” Going beyond the standard default definitions of “Victorian science fiction,” “yesterday’s tomorrow today,” or some other equally vague or limited description, Steampunk FAQ provides a historical exploration of its literary and cinematic origins.

The journey begins with a look at steampunk’s genesis in the novels and short stories of three Californians who hung out a lot with Philip K. Dick, before moving on to the inspirations and antecedents of steampunk. Contrary to what many articles and books say, steampunk’s direct inspiration is arguably far more cinematic than literary, a likely reaction to the many film adaptations, pastiches, and knockoffs of the scientific romances of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. While Verne, Wells, and a host of other Victorian and Edwardian writers have influenced steampunk fiction, cinematic elements from films such as Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and George Pal’s Time Machine (1960) show up more often as immediate influences on the style we call steampunk.

In offering a celebration of steampunk’s style and cultural aesthetic, Steampunk FAQ also explores its connection to cyberpunk, the world of fashion, comics, and culture around the world.

The FAQ series has covered every corner of pop culture, including:

  • Bands and singers
  • Films, movie stars, and directors
  • TV shows
  • Theater
  • Sports
  • Food and beverage

When you pick up an FAQ book, you are guaranteed to learn something new and unexpected. Music Connection says these books have “filled in more blank spaces than I could ever cover here…a tremendous addition to my collection.” And Goldmine concurs, “even a die-hard fan will learn something.”

For further information about FAQ series, review copies, or to schedule an interview with an FAQ author or the series editors, please contact Jennifer Richards at Over the River Public Relations: 201-242-9637,

Published in: on September 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm  Leave a Comment