Press Release – Hellfire Club


The Hellfire Club ready to launch on Indiegogo

Exciting new crowdfunding campaign due for imminent release


Sheffield, UK: 8th November, 2016: Steampunk Journal Editor Matt Grayson has today announced plans to launch a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The project is called The Hellfire Club and is a subscription based gallery of artistic nude portraiture in a steampunk style.

The Hellfire Club will be UK based and feature people of all genders, race, religions as long as they of adult age. The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise £13,000 in order to fund the first 20 shoots before the site goes live. The funds will pay the creative talent behind each shoot for their time which will boost the local economy and help to dispel the issues surrounding artists working for “exposure”.

The project is currently in it’s planning stage and there is a page where you can register interest to be updated regularly from the Editor of Steampunk Journal, Matt Grayson:

You can also get a sneak peek of the perks available on the crowdfunder by going to this page:


Discussing The Hellfire Club, Matt Grayson said, “This is the culmination of a lifetime of photographic learning and a deep love of steampunk. I have a bank of models all interested in working with me on the project as well as a local make-up artist and a number of photographers have also expressed interest.” He continued, “At the start I’ll use professional models to get the site up and running, but I also want to feature real steampunks. I want the Hellfire Club to be a place where people can have picture taken that they normally wouldn’t dare to do and actually feel empowered. The site is going to be a tolerant place of positivity and encouragement.”


Despite this being a UK based operation, membership will be welcomed from all over the world. The launch is expected before the end of 2016 when enough interest has been generated.


About Steampunk Journal: Steampuk Journal launched on July 4th, 2013 as a simple wordpress blog and has grown into the most popular steampunk news site in the world*. Based in Sheffield, UK, the site reports on steampunk and Victoriana news and publishing steampunk themed articles as well as conducting reviews and interviews.


About the Editor: Matt Grayson lives in Sheffield with his two sons. He has worked in the photographic industry for over 20 years. It was when he photographed Professor Elemental at a gig in March 2013 that he recognised steampunk as what he’d been interested in all his life. He wanted to document his journey of discovery and four months later, Steampunk Journal was launched.

For more information, email

*Alexa rankings, November 2016

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Press Release – Timekeeper by Tara Sim


Timekeeper is an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original. Between its compelling world, its lovely prose, and its wonderful characters, the pages flew by.”

Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice. VERDICT: A must-have richly written fantasy novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next volume.” —School Library Journal

Sim creates a cast of complex and diverse characters, as well as a mythology to explain how the clock towers came to exist . . . an enjoyable, well-realized tale.” —Publishers Weekly

This LGBTQ steampunk romance sports a killer premise and admirably thorough worldbuilding, helpfully annotated in the author’s afterword. The characters—even the bad guys—are sympathetically drawn and commendably diverse in sexuality and gender.” —Kirkus Reviews

Set in an alternate-Victorian London where clock towers control the flow of time and a stopped clock means life comes to a stand-still, one teen must foil a terrorist plot that could cripple all of England . . . Even if it means freezing his own heart.

I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.

An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

The first book in a dazzling new steampunk-fantasy trilogy, Timekeeper introduces a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers will never want to leave. Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab, his incredible high-concept novel mixes fantasy, steampunk, romance, and an intriguing historical element into an enchanting and engrossing package that will draw readers in from the very first page.

With a sharp and intriguing relationship between two male protagonists woven effortlessly into the engrossing setting, Timekeeper is a strong entry in the “We Need Diverse Books” campaign and moves LGBT fiction out of standard contemporary. As every romance-lover knows, forbidden love is a hard enough hurdle to overcome. But forbidden love with a spirit that can destroy a town if you break is heart is a unique take. You’ll be turning pages long into the night.

Even readers who generally do not lean toward romance will find themselves lost in the incredible world and characters that Sim has created. Timekeeper is a dazzling must-read for all YA fantasy fans!


About the Author

Tara Sim can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area in California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Timekeeper is her debut novel. Follow her on social media and her website for fun Timekeeper extras.


Twitter: @EachStarAWorld

To request an excerpt or discuss interview possibilities, please contact:

Cheryl Lew / (212) 643-6816 x 230 /

Published in: on November 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review of Teslacon VII – 2016


Teslacon VII 2016 was another great experience presented by organizer Eric Larson and his entire team. Whisked back to Europe from last year’s outing in the United States’ Western frontier, attendees enjoyed the ambience and delights of Paris, France.


Photo by Donna Machen

For four days and three nights, steampunks reveled in culture, fashion, food, and social functions. There was definitely something for everyone at all times, be it panels and presentations, live music or conversation in the Tea Room, or constitutionals and promenades along the walkways and vendor room.


Photo by Lisa Sell

Ben Watkins kept the gamers busy with Superfight!, Noir!, and Cards Against Humanity. For other games, have you tried Teslacards Against the World or Twisted Skies from Mad Raven Productions?


Paris was surrounded by alphabetical explosive devices which attendees scrambled to find. Here is the dreaded F-Bomb. Photo by Sos Boss

There was a bountiful tour of Parisian culture including The Decadent Paris by Stephen Poe (Was Paris really more decadent than the rest of Europe, or did it just have better PR?), Les Theatres du Paris by Thomas Boice (a tour of famous and infamous theaters and playhouses), and the Republic et Empire 1871-1918 by Rory Silverstein (a multicultural history of the third French Empire).


Photo by Heather Cushing

Need language lessons beyond the “International Language” (Love)? How about The French They Didn’t Teach You in School by Marsha and Melissa Conroy (Cursing, Complaining, and the fine art of the French Insult).  Perhaps the history of American Sign Language by Bethany Davis. Or the excitement in The Daily Life of a French Translator by Marsha Conroy, who is a Supreme Court certified French interpreter.


Steampunk Spaceship by Mike Gosda

History may be more to your liking with Boiled Leaves: An Intro to Tea and Tea Culture by Tony Ballard Smoot, Catacombs and Sewers of Paris by Douglas J. Dahlberg, or Paris’ Theatre of Terror “Le Grand Guignol” by Gregory Rihn. More? Then there was the History of the Corset by Andrea Marcinkus, Blood on a Leaf: a Dark and Bloody history of Tea by Danial Meyers, and Vive Les Revolutionaries by Thomas Boice (a look at various French revolutions).


Photo by Ed Downes

After all of that, one may need a chance to sit and relax. The world famous Teslacon Tea Room returned, with staff-served tea and biscuits. The Kreiger family hosted a fine Germanic dinner, and the President of France hosted his own Little French Dinner. Those fine people of SWARM held their own dinner, which, ahem, may have ironically started late, running afoul of the schedule.


Image by Teslacon

Properly recharged, Parisians and tourists alike enjoyed premiere musical entertainment by Frenchy and the Punk, and Professor Elemental. Further entertainment was provided in the atrium by Gin Rebellion and other performers. There was also a very entertaining interview with Karianne Gottschalk, from the 2015 TV show, Steampunk’d.


Image by Teslacon

Enough to fill your time? No, no, no, there’s still more! The Care and Feeding of your Beard by Jim Best, Steampunk Hair Braids by Janine Wardale, and How to Grow a Might Mustache by Brad Fleener. Time to get dressed! Steampunk Fashion for Men by Tony Ballard Smoot, Boutonniere Gear by Carol Thomas, and Ascots to Spats by Jason Merrill.


Photo by Steampunk Angel Couture

Looking for something more, gasp, modern? LEDs for  Props and Costumes by Hollis Lumen Lovelace, CAD Software and 3D Printing by Amy and Lance Larsen, and Basic Animatronics by Claude McDonald.


Photo by Kathryn Poe

Oh, it’s bloodthirsty competition you crave? Tea Dueling by Gretchen Jacobsen, Teapot Racing by Travis Feirtag, and an American vision of Airship Racing , imported from New Zealand, also by Travis Feirtag.


Photo by Bob Archer

Oh wait – Fashion Show, Maker’s Room, and Wedding Vow Renewal!


League of Extraordinary Clergy! Photo by Gregory Mann

Whew! Can you believe there was still much more on the program schedule?


The ever wonderful Stephen and Kathryn. Look at that trim detail! Photo by David Wagner

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There was one unfortunate event which happened at the convention which I must relate. A beloved tentacle prop, which has been seen at numerous conventions for several years, made by the late Sue Watts for her husband Don, went missing for a while. Over the years, the playful tentacle did make it into stranger’s rooms for the night, but it always discreetly crawled on home in those early hours,. Apparently, a woman and man couple decided they needed it more than Don, and the steampunk community, and planned on taking it home with them. The woman claimed she was drunk when she took it, but then hid it in their car under other items. Thankfully, witnesses came forward with photos and statements, leading to recovery of the trapped tentacle. The couple were rather reluctant to produce their identification, aside from the known license plate of their car, but once told of the five-figure value of the item, and that they had thus committed a felony and the police would be called, they finally showed their ID. While the police were not called, this time, several convention organizers were in attendance at Teslacon, and this couple has been banned for life at all those conventions.


Photo by Kollig

The lesson here? STEAMPUNKS DON’T STEAL! Bad people steal, get caught, and pay for their actions! The weed of crime bears bitter fruit!

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Check out all the excitement for yourself in 2017 when we travel to the dark lands of Bucharest, Romania! We’ve been told there are no vampires, but that still leaves plenty of other things to go bump in the night. Sign up ASAP!



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