Steampunk Hands Around The World — My Favourite Thing

by Ministry Admin on February 4, 2016

This month is steampunk Hands Around the World. An event that I think shows just how global this movement has become.

Talking about my favorite thing is so hard. I would be tempted to say people and run down a list of the generous, creative people I have had the pleasure of meeting; Thomas Willeford, Professor Q, Montague Jacque Fromage, Reginald Pikedevant, Steampunk Boba Fett, Aleta Pardalis, Sarah Hunter…etc, etc…

However I would never call any of these fabulous people things, so if pushed I would have to say something from New Zealand…teapot racing.

Splendid Teapot RacingTeapot racing is spreading all over the world, but it was started by . How on earth they decided to create teapots that can be raced is a mystery. I would imagine it had something to do with Tesla…

A teapot racer is a remote control teapot themed wheeled or tracked device. Steampunk all over the world are now gathering to whizz these little contraptions around courses and over obstacles.

It is quite the most steampunk thing I know of. It encapsulates the whimsy and the creativity that I think is my favourite kind of steampunk. Teapots with octopus climbing out. Teapots with little mad rodents driving. Teapots that not only race but chuff steam as well. Who can fail to be charmed and amused by such creations.

If you want to organize your own teapot races, then visit Splendid Teapot racing for details and rules to get it started.

Whimsy and fun await!

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The Ministry and the Pineapple

by Ministry Admin on January 28, 2016

Pineapple at restIf you are not aware…pineapples play a big part in Countless Hues of Crimson (available for sale in December)

Yes, Kickstarter backers helped fund the Victorian erotica mentioned in the beginning of The Diamond Conspiracy…and as a symbol for this our journalists in their wisdom chose the pineapple—quite frankly because they thought it was funny.

However, by shear chance they picked a fruit which does have quite a history of symbolism…though none of it is erotic.

Pineapples originate from South America, and were brought back from the New World to the Old by Christopher Columbus. To a Europe starved of sweetness, they were absolutely exciting, but they still named it after the pinecone they thought it resembled. Pinecones are far less tasty though.

However it was quickly realized these prickly fruit could not be easily grown anywhere but the tropics without a great deal of trouble. So, the rich and royal of Europe then set about having their gardeners go to a great deal of trouble. It took them centuries to figure out how to do it in the colder climates.

King Charles gets a pineappleIn the eighteenth century, Europe fell into pineapple madness. George Washington in America, Queen Catherine the Great in Russia, King Louis XV in France, and King Charles II in England were among the rich and famous to have the prickly fruit grown or procured for them. However it wasn’t easy; these ‘pineries’ were engineering marvels, designed to provide constant temperatures, light, and eventually they could be grown in Scotland even!

Pineapples soon became the stylish fruit to have because of their rarity and expensive to grow. The fruit was a sign you were someone! You would proudly display it for your dinner guests—not necessarily eat it though. You might even let it rot before eating it. You could even a pineapple if you couldn’t quite afford to have one grown for you.

That was how it become a symbol of wealth, hospitality, and friendship. Soon people were carving them in stone and wood, having them woven into carpets and drapes, and generally making sure the pineapple was everywhere.

Dunmore pineappleSurely the height of this pineapple madness was the creation of the Dumbarton Pineapple, by John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore. Not content with building any old hothouse, the Earl had the stone cupola carved in the shape of a pineapple…because…well that would impress his friends we suppose. There is a reason such structures are called ‘follies’ you know. Read more in depth about such pineries if you would care to.

 

So with all that build up, we hope you will understand a little more about the beautiful pineapple cover on Countless Hues of Crimson.

Now, someone steampunk the pineapple, and we’ll be content!

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Æther Feature — Phantasmagoria

by Ministry Admin on January 21, 2016

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community of steam and cog, or perhaps remind you of one artisan’s successful efforts to bring the past that never was to the here and now.
In this week’s Æther Feature brought to you by Jeff Mach we look at the birth of a steampunk rock opera.

PHANTASMAGORIALadies and Gentlemen,

Boys and Girls, . . . and any spirits that deign attend. . .

We welcome you to PHANTASMAGORIA!

Phantasmagoria is an exhilarating and evocative Victorian-Circus style theatrical journey that is deep and dark, whimsical yet terrifying, and presented in an intensely intimate style that is guaranteed to stir the imaginations of audiences of any age.

The unique performances of Phantasmagoria are born from the type of chilling madness found in the works of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, or Charles Dickens mixed with dark and fabled tales from The Brothers Grimm, Mythology, Folklore and Legend – all stirred together in a toiled and troubled potion of on stage aerial arts and acrobatics, large scale puppetry, “Phantastical” dance, explosive stage combat, fire performance, and haunting storytelling creating a vivid and distinct tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror.

The show’s humble beginnings were as an eerie, yet alluring, troupe of gypsy travelers that emerged out of the darkness and into the senses, minds, and hearts of their audience. As the show transformed and grew, so did the audience. What was once an annual production has now expanded into 12 months of ongoing performances, appearances, special events, touring shows, and main stage theatrical productions.

The show’s creator, John DiDonna, would tell you he no longer has full control of Phantasmagoria, and that it has since evolved into a living-breathing spectacle containing a soul and life of its very own. The troupe’s fictional tale is as follows:

They were the wanderers who traveled the countryside… traversing the mountains and villages of Greece, carrying with them the stories of old. Yet they travelled alone, never knowing from whence they came, or where they were headed.

In the sixth century B.C., our founder Byron met Cyril in Athens – two of a rare breed, an unknown race united by the stories. Joining together, the search began for more of their kind, and slowly — one by one through the centuries — the troupe formed from disparate nations, banding together to share and bring the stories to life.

The “Phantasmagoria Troupe” are all that remain of these immortal storytellers from time immemorial.

And the troupe lives and dies by only this rule:

“Once a story is chosen, it must be told. Once a story is begun, it must be finished.”

Let the stories begin!

The show’s ever-growing supporters and fans have various reasons for their devotion, not the least being the troupe’s unique Victorian/Steampunk influenced style and aesthetic. When DiDonna and his fellow collaborators created Phantasmagoria they set out to develop the troupe’s uniquely dark Victorian world, the distinct characters that inhabit it, and incorporate their tales of whimsical nightmares and tales of madness into an imaginative on-stage performance.  Fans of the show could not be happier – and the critics all seem to agree:

“ . . .one of the most unique theater troupes in the country.” – Good Day Atlanta

“Something wicked this way comes in the form of “Phantasmagoria . . . this pastiche of stylish costumes and scary stories is quite good at being wicked. . . Scary never seemed so stylish.”  – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“. . . to enchant your spirit and captivate your senses. . .there’s no better trick or treat in town. . . “ Al Krulick, Orlando Weekly

“Phantasmagoria is a mesmerizing, transformative experience that tantalizes the eyes, ears, mind, and soul.” – Dawn Sabato, ComeSeeOrlando.com

“One of the most fiendishly clever nightmares you’ll ever tumble into. And when it’s over and the lights have come up, and you’re no longer sitting in the eerie darkness, you’ll likely remember just how invigorating and stimulating brilliant theater truly can be.” – Michael Freeman, freelineorlando.com

“The show is so rich in storytelling, beautiful sets, gorgeous costuming and amazing performers. . . Gorgeousness and Gothic, Don’t miss it!” – Denna Eramo, The Daily City

“Gothic Horror, and Theater: truly a combination that, when stirred together into the magnificent talent conglomerate known as Phantasmagoria, provides its audiences with enrapturing entertainment, . . .On every level, it is Phantasmagorgeous.”

– Anna Rotach, Victorian Gothic and Steampunk Magazine

As we enter 2016, Phantasmagoria celebrates 6 years of rave reviews, documentaries, all original stunning performances, and annually expanding venues.  The next year will see the troupe performing continually in Special Appearances and Events – Traveling to several different cities throughout the US with both the signature touring show “Wicked Little Tales” and a brand new installment Phantasmagoria VI “The Cards They Are Dealt” – The introduction of their All New Side Troupe, dedicated especially to works of whimsical horror for children – And just announced, the release of The First in a series of a Graphic Novels centered on the troupe’s eerie and exciting adventures.

If  “Whimsically Macabre” is right up your alley… if you are a Horror or Steampunk fan(addict)…  if Theater and Storytelling is in your blood… or if you simply want to see something completely different, then Phantasmagoria has a Theatrical Journey you’ll want to join in on…… if you dare.

For information on upcoming events and performances, as well as newly released information visit Phantasmagoria at:

Website:  PhantasmagoriaOrlando.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/PhantasmagoriaOrlando

Twitter: @PhantasOrlando

Instagram: @PhantasmagoriaOrlando

 

 

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Tales from the Archives Season Four Ebooks

by Ministry Admin on January 14, 2016

The podcast of Tales for the Archives Season Four, is complete. Now for those that prefer print, we have the stories available and 99 penny dreadfuls, or as a collection of four.

And keep an ear and an eye out for Season Four, coming in July this year.

Collection 10

Tales from the Archives: Collection 10 
This volume contains,

To Hide in Plain Sight by K T Bryski, Old Sinner’s Bones by Scott Roche, Tangi a te Ruru / The Cry of the Morpork by Pip Ballantine, and Beneath Northumberland by KT Bryski and PC Haring.

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Cry of the Morepork

Tangi a te Ruru / The Cry of the Morpork by Pip Ballantine

Manuwatu Gorge, New Zealand, September 1873

Agent Aroha Murphy investigates a series of strange deaths in the wilds of New Zealand in 1873 which have all taken place on one night. Are they suicides or murders? Aroha with her Maori and Italian ancestry, sits awkwardly between two cultures, but the answer is tangled with her own complicated past. heritage of Aotearoa itself.

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Copper Condor and Heart

Copper Condor and Heart by Lauren Harris and Bryan Lincoln

Two short stories, two authors, one tale.

The Case of the Copper Condor — written by Lauren Harris

There are wings overhead. Women are disappearing, and rumor has it a great bird with a hunger for virgin flesh is responsible. However Agents Rosalin Keckilpenny and Eliot Stoker-Rowe encounter a doctor with answers, and perhaps the most unusual creation of all.

The Case of the Copper Heat — written by Bryan Lincoln

Picking up from the end of The Case of the Copper Condor, the tragic origins of condor automaton are revealed. Doctor Shrike and Agent Keckilpenny find all the answers, but also must make some terrible choices.

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To Hide In Plain Sight

To Hide in Plain Sight by K T Bryski

Elizabeth Sinclair, working on the fringes of  the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, is called in to find a thief. Her unusual set of skills means she is particularly suited to this task, but she is not the only one able to hide in plain sight, and the museum of the University of Toronto has many secrets and dangers within its walls.

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Tally Ho! A New Year with the Ministry

by Ministry Admin on January 7, 2016

Well last year was a gallop for us here at the Ministry. We launched book four from our journalists, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, The Diamond Conspiracy. We picked up best steampunk from the RT Convention in Dallas for Dawn’s Early Light. We started and completed (by a hairsbreadth) Season Four of Tales from the Archives. Finally, we funded not one, but two books in the series via Kickstarter.

So how can 2016 possibly match that?

VerenaWell the new year is not letting us take much of a breath. This month we will be having two photoshoots to occupy us. Miss Verena Vorsatz will be here in two weeks to model for our covers for Book Six: Operation: Endgame, and Countless Hues of Crimson.

At the same time, Dominick Finelle will be shooting the cover for Book Five, The Ghost Rebellion. Behind the scenes is a great deal of writing from our journalists, editing from K T Bryski and Jennifer Meltzer, cover design, ebook, print and audio production.

Our tea supplies better not run low! So what can you expect?

The Ghost Rebellion will be sent to our backers at the end of May, and available to the general public in June.

Steampunk coupleIn between books Five and Six, we will be launching the fifth and last season of Tales from the Archives. We’re going to end with a bang, and the writers we have lined up are offering some fantastic adventures.

Another little project that we hope will be of interest will be arriving in August. For the last few years, our journalists have been talking about the Ministry Seven prequels. There have been several short stories about Verity Fitzroy, but finally the young lady in question will get her own novel, hopefully the beginning of a series. So look for Verity Fitzroy and the Case of the Silver Pharaoh in the northern summer

We once again are very grateful for the support and kindness you, dear readers and listeners, and we hope you will join us for the fun and frolics that lie ahead.

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Tales from the Archives IV – Ten

by Ministry Admin December 31, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: The Case of […]

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Tales from the Archives IV- Nine Part Two

by Ministry Admin December 2, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: The Case of […]

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Æther Feature — Absinthe Heroes

by Ministry Admin November 19, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Final week of the Kickstarter and Award News

by Ministry Admin November 13, 2015

And so it draws to a close. At 9.30PM EST Sunday, November 15th the door closes on the Kickstarter campaign to fund books five and six of the Ministry. We have fully funded The Ghost Rebellion as well as Operation: Endgame. We have locked in both new covers, and we have launched some fabulous and […]

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Tales from the Archives IV- Nine Part One

by Ministry Admin November 12, 2015

Today’s Tales from the Archives is brought to you by the Ghost Rebellion Kickstarter which is going on now. We have funded both books, but we have one more stretch goal in sight, the writing and production of Countless Hues of Crimson, which you may recognize as being featured in The Diamond Conspiracy. So please […]

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Æther Feature – 6 Inconvenient Realities of Victorian Dress

by Ministry Admin October 22, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Tales from the Archives IV – Eight

by Ministry Admin October 21, 2015

Today’s Tales from the Archives is brought to you by the Ghost Rebellion Kickstarter which is going on now. Please help spread the word and consider supporting the campaign which will be bringing you a new Ministry novel in print, audio and ebook.   The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its […]

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The Ghost Rebellion Kicks off

by Ministry Admin October 17, 2015

So with excitement and a smidgen of trepidation, the Ministry Kickstarter for Book Five of the Ghost Rebellion is live. We are planning to get the Ghost Rebellion into print, audio, and ebook format—but the Ministry also has other plans. We’d love to fund the final book of the series Operation Endgame. We’d love to […]

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Book Five Kickstarter

by Ministry Admin October 14, 2015

This weekend, the Ministry Kickstarter begins. We are all nervous and excited here in the office. However, our latest episode of the Tales from the Archives will be arriving in conjunction with this momentous event, rather than today. We hope you will enjoy the story which we hear is one of Aroha Murphy’s, mentor to […]

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More Canadian Steampunk

by Ministry Admin October 1, 2015

When PC Haring and KT Bryski got together to write an epic story for Agent Brandon Hill, we knew it would be something special. You’ve listened to the podcast, now you can purchase the ebook. Taking pity on the plucky intern in the Archives of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences might not have been the […]

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The Ministry’s Fifth Book

by Ministry Admin September 24, 2015

We know since the arrival of book four, our readers and listeners have been anxious for news on the next. However, we have been reluctant to talk about it, since so much was up in the air. You see, we always considered the adventures of Eliza and Wellington to be a six book arc, and […]

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Happy Birthday, Verena Vorstaz!

by Ministry Admin September 20, 2015

Oh I say! Today, the Ministry celebrates a very special birthday! Verena Vorstaz (also known as V for Cosplay) surprised our journalists with a series of photographs and moving picture clips of an uncanny Eliza D Braun cosplay. Verena is a talented cosplayer, runway model, and quite the passionate supporter for The Ministry of Peculiar […]

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 2

by Ministry Admin September 16, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Beneath Northumberland: Part […]

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 1

by Ministry Admin August 27, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Beneath Northumberland — written by […]

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4 Things GSN’s Steampunk’d Got Right

by Ministry Admin August 20, 2015

Today is a very special ÆtherFeature as our journalist, Tee Morris, is taking the helm and sharing his thoughts on a new offering in steampunk. Enjoy this spoiler-free review of Steampunk’d, the competition pitting teams of creative steampunks against each other’s imaginations… This morning, my social networks were humming with after-thoughts on Steampunk’d, the Game […]

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Aether Feature – Splendid Tea Pot racing

by Ministry Admin July 30, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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New Collections

by Ministry Admin July 16, 2015

Our journalists are finally catching up with their work, and putting out the Tales from the Archives in ebook form. And now here come the collections, since you, our dear readers seem to like them so much. Can you believe we are already up to collections eight and nine? So without further ado, here are […]

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Six

by Ministry Admin July 15, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: To Hide in […]

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New ebook shorts

by Ministry Admin July 9, 2015

Our journalists are hard at work, and funds are somewhat limited (they have cut us back to only three kinds of tea!), so some things have slipped by, such as getting our 99 penny dreadfuls out. So now available from all your local sellers, and also our own little store (where we get the most […]

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Æther Feature – Olive

by Ministry Admin July 2, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Five

by Ministry Admin June 24, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Old Sinner’s Bones […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Four

by Ministry Admin June 10, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Down by the […]

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Two new ebook Short Stories

by Ministry Admin June 4, 2015

We have two new ebooks available for you this month, from Katarina Bordet and Michael Ventrella. One takes in the grandeur of the Austrian Empire…the other let’s loose a Mummy in Barnsley! The Mummy of Barnsley by Michael Ventrella Northern England, 1894 Agent Ernest Throckmorton is called to Barnesley to investigate reports of a Mummy […]

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Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the Second

by Ministry Admin May 21, 2015

From Rotorua, our intrepid journalists, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, traveled to the South Island of New Zealand. It is here just a few hours south of Christchurch, that steampunk has taken a hold of a town; and in turn, a town has embraced steampunk back. Oamaru is right on the coast, and has a […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Three

by Ministry Admin May 13, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: The Black Empress […]

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Æther Feature – Smog Riders

by Ministry Admin May 7, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Dawn’s Early Light Winners

by Ministry Admin May 5, 2015

Thanks to all those that entered the competition to celebrate the release of Dawn’s Early Light. We had over a thousand entries, and luckily the rafflecopter gadget chooses winners rather than our previous method involving guinea pigs, cheese and a roulette wheel. So without further ado, the winners are $150 Amazon voucher, Michael Spence. $50 […]

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Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the First

by Ministry Admin April 30, 2015

Our journalists spent two weeks last month back in New Zealand, and the steampunk they found there was wonderful. So the next few Æther Features will be spotlighting the steampunk scene in New Zealand. Our journalists were, along with Gail Carriger, Guests of Honour at Reconnaissance: The 36th New Zealand National SFF&H Convention. This was […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Two

by Ministry Admin April 29, 2015

  The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: The Mummy […]

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Spirit Sanctus – ebook

by Ministry Admin April 24, 2015

The new season of Tales from the Archives is now on a roll, and fortnightly there will be new stories available for your ears. However, if you would like to read the stories, then we also have ebooks available for your eyeballs as well. Today we are pleased to release Alyson Grauer’s story Spiritus Sanctus. […]

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Æther Feature – V’s Eliza cosplay

by Ministry Admin April 23, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — One

by Ministry Admin April 15, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Spiritus Sanctus — […]

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Dawn’s Early Light Wins

by Ministry Admin April 14, 2015

Yesterday it the winners of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards were announced, and we here at the Ministry are delighted that the winner of the steampunk category is the third book in the Ministry series, Dawn’s Early Light. You remember Dawn’s Early Light, don’t you?   We were such august company as fellow nominees Delilah […]

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The Diamond Conspiracy is HERE!

by Ministry Admin March 31, 2015

The fourth book (fourth, can you believe it!) is now available, in print, digital and audio. Your can now order from your local bookstore or Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Kobo or get the audiobook from Tantor Audio For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. […]

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Celebrate with the Ministry!

by Ministry Admin March 24, 2015

We wanted to run a giveaway to celebrate the Diamond Conspiracy. We wanted it to be something useful. If the winner didn’t have enough pence for an ereader they could have it. If they wanted to buy books, they could have that. If they wanted to order an inordinate amount of tea, they could have […]

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Steampunk Book Trailer — The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

by Ministry Admin March 24, 2015

After an extremely cold night in Virginia’s capital city and weeks of production, Imagine That! Studios and Ace Books present the official book trailer for The Diamond Conspiracy, the fourth volume in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series from Ace Books, written by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris.

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Æther Feature – Gaslight Fantasy?

by Ministry Admin March 19, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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The month of the Diamond Conspiracy

by Ministry Admin March 10, 2015

Yes, it is finally here…or it will be at the end of the month. The Diamond Conspiracy is becoming available on the 31st of March. For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment… Having narrowly escaped the […]

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Aether Feature: Karen Memory

by Ministry Admin February 5, 2015

 These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Christmas with Sophia

by Ministry Admin January 8, 2015

Our authors had a lot of fun writing this story for Christmas…perhaps too much fun… But it is now available on all ebook platforms or you can buy directly from us. After all…who wouldn’t want to go home for a very del Morte Christmas? Just remember Nona does not like knives at the table—for good […]

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A New Year’s Gift for our readers

by Ministry Admin January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! One of our fine readers asked, and we thought it was a fine idea—so here is our very own reading guide for all the fiction currently in the Ministry files. You will find all the Tales from the Archives, Ministry Protocol stories, the novels, and the occasional short that is other anthologies […]

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Into the Future!

by Ministry Admin December 31, 2014

The end of the year is nigh, and we here at the Ministry have had a grand year. It was full of fun and achievement. Dawn’s Early Light was released into the wild in paperback, ebook and audiobook. Ministry Protocol, the Fate Core based roleplaying game was shipped to the supporters of our Kickstarter, and […]

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Tales from the Archives: A 2014 Christmas Special

by Ministry Admin December 25, 2014

A Very Happy Christmas from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would […]

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New ebook short stories

by Ministry Admin December 18, 2014

Some people don’t like audio…strange but true. For the last few years we have been offering 99c Penny Dreadfuls on all the various e-platforms. As Season Three of Tales from the Archives draws to a close, we are happy to offer, Foothold by Paul Ellis, and the Clockwork Portal by Stacia D Kelly. They are […]

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A Victorian getaway

by Ministry Admin December 11, 2014

Our journalists travel all over the world for conventions and book signings, but during this year they didn’t get much time for a holiday. So when they had a free weekend they escaped to scenic Delaware. Yes, Delaware. Mostly that was to do with Tee Morris’ interest obsession with Dogfish Head Brewery, which Pip decided […]

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