Our journalists are hosting a steampunk tea in charming Shepherdstown, WV, and they’d love you to attend!
Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and a Ministry Initiative contributer will be joining Tee and Pip at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room, 141 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV.
Here are the details…
The Teahouse: With over 60 varieties of tea from around the world to choose from, Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room is fairly confident that: Any time is teatime.
The Authors: The authors of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, as well as Tiffany Trent author of the Unnaturalists and the Tinker King will be in attendence.
What you get: Purchase of a ticket guarantees you a seat, and a two-cup pot of fine tea as well as a sweet milk or cranberry scone served with devonshire cream, lemoncurd, and raspberry preserve.
The Goings-On: The authors will be reading from their latest novels and answering questions about their work (though no SPOILERS will be provided). The Four Seasons bookstore will be at the teahouse selling books, and there will be exclusive giveaways and prizes during the event.
Post-Tea: Those interested can promenade from Trinity Episcopal Church, W German St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, down to the historic railway station. There are plenty of beautiful locations to show off your steampunk best in Shepherdstown and we have arranged for a Bruce Press Photography to take shots of the event and the promenade.
We do hope those of you in the Washington DC Metro area will join us for this event! Seating is strictly limited, so don’t dilly dally!
The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences wishes David Warner the happiest of birthdays!
This fine British actor is multi-faceted, to say the least. From crime dramas such as Midsommer Murders and Wallander, to science fiction classics like Tron, Time Bandits, Doctor Who, and various Star Trek properties, to astounding voiceover work including Batman’s Ra’s Al Gohl and Winnie the Pooh, but the distinguished actor is also quite the icon of steampunk. His repertoire includes The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, Doctor Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, and the recent Showtime sensation, Penny Dreadful.
For our journalist, Tee Morris, David Warner hold a special place with his performance as Dr. John Leslie Stevenson (and *spoiler* Jack the Ripper) in what has become a steampunk classic, Time After Time. The film marks the directorial debut of Nicholas Meyer (who went on to direct Star Trek II and VI), and tells the story of H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) who actually builds a time machine. However, when Dr. Stevenson’s actual identity is revealed, the time machine spirits Stevenson into the future. H.G. Wells must now hunt down Jack the Ripper in San Francisco before he can kill again.
Happy birthday, Mr. Warner, and thank you for the inspirations you have provided us all over the decades!
We here at the Ministry are always looking for ways to maintain contact with our agents.
However recently, it was pointed out to us that we are missing a beat.
Though we have a Ministry Facebook, Twitter, Google+, tumblr and pinterest account…we were missing out on an email list! We’re not entirely sure how we missed this.
So now, we’ll be doing a monthly update called Dispatches from the Ministry. In it we will be updating subscribers with latest news on all Ministry happenings, doing giveaways, and an occasional peak behind the curtain for upcoming stories. If you want to absolutely keep updated on everything Ministry and not risk missing a thing, this service is for you.
If you are interested, the form is below, and will also be found in the sidebar to this website. We hope you enjoy this new service.
Our favourite mad science consultant for the Ministry, Nikola Tesla, celebrates a birthday today. We came across this picture in the Archives, circa 1894-95, where we see Nikola on his travels across America, enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the beach.
Wait. Hold on a moment…
Is that the Currituck Light in the Outer Banks of North Carolina?!
Happy 158th Birthday, Nikola Tesla!
We have managed to declassify information on the fourth Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences books.
We have a publication date which is the 31st of March 2015…and we even have information on the contents of the book.
Your support with pre-orders of said book makes a great deal of difference to the Ministry, so please help spread the word by sharing this graphic or this missive. We are most excited to be bringing you this tale, and look forward to sharing the cover as soon as it too has been declassified!
For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favour of her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment…
Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of rest and recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven are in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England in great haste.
But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The situation reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally-a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, even reaching Queen Victoria herself…
Pre-order now and don’t risk missing the date!