Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 1

by Ministry Admin on August 27, 2015

Tales from the Archives - Volume Four

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 K. T. Bryski and P.C. Haring

Taking pity on the plucky intern in the Archives of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences might not have been the best choice for Agent Brandon Hill. What seemed like a simple kindness has brought him to the bottom of the Northumberland Straight, and into a very peculiar kind of Canadian danger.

About the Authors:

KT Bryski is a Canadian author, podcaster, and Pokémon Master. She made her podcasting and publishing debut with Hapax, an apocalyptic fantasy with Dragon Moon Press (2012) and she has stories in Black Treacle Horror Magazine, When the Hero Comes Home Vol. II (Dragon Moon Press) and Tales from the Archives Vol. III (Imagine That! Studios).

Select playwriting credits include scripts for Black Creek Pioneer Village, East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon (Canadian Children’s Opera Company), and Key of D Minor (Sears Ontario Drama Festival). In 2014, her short story “Under Oak Island” was a Parsec finalist. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she ventured into RPGs with “Yeti’s Parole Officer,” released in 2014 from Choice of Games.

When she’s not writing KT can often be found frolicking in petticoats at Black Creek Pioneer Village, educating the general public about Victorian social history. In addition, KT writes and edits the Black Creek Growler: the official blog of the Black Creek Historic Brewery. She also does freelance copyediting.

And sometimes, she plays SNES.

KT still lives in Toronto with her long-suffering roommates. She is currently at work on her next novel.

 

P.C. Haring has been a fan of Science Fiction from an early age. He has always been one of those who looked up at the night sky and wondered “what if…”

On 01/01/10, he began exploring those questions when he made his debut as a writer and podcast novelist with the release of the Cybrosis Podcast.  Since then he has not looked back.  He has contributed short stories to Scott Sigler’s The Crypt: Book 1 — The Crew podcast, Philippa Ballantine’s Chronicles of the Order, audio anthology, and Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine’s Tales from the Archives anthology where his podcast of “The Seven” won the 2012 Parsec Award for “Best Short Story”, and is currently hard at work on his next full length novel, Slipspace: Harbinger

When he’s not writing and podcasting, P.C. Haring puts his Accounting degree, his MBA, and his CPA credentials to good use as a corporate accountant in the Chicagoland area.

Voice talent

Narrator: P.C. Haring
Kathryn The Plucky Intern – K.T. Bryski
Agent Brandon Hill: Gavin Douglas
Agent Anouk Tremblay: Blythe Haynes

Theme music for the Ministry composed and created by Alex White. Order your copy of The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, now available from online and bricks and mortar stores everywhere.

 

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4 Things GSN’s Steampunk’d Got Right

by Ministry Admin on 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…

makersThis morning, my social networks were humming with after-thoughts on Steampunk’d, the Game Show Network’s latest reality show competition pitting two teams of makers against each other in weekly challenges. With World of Steam’s Matt King, Steampunk Couture’s Kato, and Brute Force Studio’s Thomas Willeford as judges, steampunk takes center stage on GSN Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. EST to both praise and criticism from the steampunk community. Even before the show went live last night, makers, event organizers, and steampunks of all backgrounds dismissed the show as a colossal failure and waste-of-time that pandered to the lowest common denominator. Once again, it would seem, mainstream media would fall incredibly short in its understanding of steampunk.

And this was before the premiere of the show last night.

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Aether Feature – Splendid Tea Pot racing

by Ministry Admin on 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 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 Countess Simona de Montgomerie we examine the latest trend in steampunk from New Zealand.

Splendid Tea Pot racing

What??? You well may say…. is that?

The Oxford Online Dictionary says:
Tea pot:
A pot with a handle, spout, and lid, in which tea is brewed and from which it is poured.
Racer:
An animal or means of transport bred or designed for racing

splendid_teapot1Put these two kind of normal things together and what do you get – Splendid Teapot Racing, of course!

So how did this all come about?

My partner, the venerable Captain Various Miscellaneous Bitsandpieces, and I have been avid steampunkers for a number of years. We have religiously attended the best Steampunk event in NZ – may be in the world, The Steampunk Festival NZ at Oamaru , Queens Birthday weekend. One of the events at the festival is a Mess Dinner and afterwards there is usually an activity like dirigible racing. Now I am pretty technologically challenged unless it involves a glue gun or a sewing machine, I could never make a dirigible.   So it was a bit discouraging and gloomy, not participating and I got to thinking (potentially dangerous as I am not very sensible- more Monty Python) what could we do that was inclusive, easy and fun? After some contemplative reflection, I said, ‘Captain’, he said wot, I said ‘Captain’, he said ‘Wot d’ya want?’, ‘I’ve got an idea…..’ So I told him, ‘Teapot Racing!’ ‘Oh’, he said, scratched his head and looked at me rather strangely, not an uncommon thing for him to do.  So I explained how it would look and work and I started to see the light bulbs come on.

One of the things that was extremely important to me about teapot racing is that it is inclusive, participatory and comparatively easy to do.  I am a very non competitive person and like things to be collaborative, simple and family friendly. We also had a friend who had limited mobility and I was thinking about things that she could do. Manoeuvring a joystick could have been something she could have done. It is also a fun activity; well in reality it has turned out to be hilarious.  It is great because it’s fun for the driver and for the spectator. I have never seen so many adults nearly crying with laughter and it was deep belly rolling laughter because watching a tea pot zoom around an obstacle course is silly.

So the Captain and I when we next saw Lady Helen and Agent Darling, the organisers of the Steampunk Festival, said ‘the answer is Teapot Racing’, Agent Darling might have said but this can’t be substantiated, ‘Was there a question?’ We got some scratching of the head, a couple of head twitches and several – she might be loco – look’s exchanged between Lady Helen and Agent Darling. I explained the scenario and after some convincing and to their credit they said ‘Yes, if you organise it.’ So off we went and we did.

There were some interesting night’s activities in our lounge in the weeks leading up to the 2014 Steampunk festival and a very harassed elderly cat being chased around by Salty Sea Dog, the very first remote controlled teapot racer in the world.
We had some spectacular fails, the first ramp of doom we couldn’t even get Salty up it. It was on too much of an angle, some nifty work by the Captain and dada, perfection.  The ramp of doom was born, and then came the fine china obstacles, a tunnel and the finish posts. That was the first course. Since then we have added a jump and we are making a backing garage with a turret that has a light in it that you have to turn on when you back in to it. The course only ever consists of three obstacles and had to be completed in 3 minutes.  It’s an intense three minuets especially if you get stuck, summersault or get your doily caught in the wheels.

splendid_teapot3We packed up the course, trundled up to Oamaru and on the Saturday night after the Mess Dinner we set up the teapot racing. We had no idea what to expect, how many teapots would turn up or what fellow steampunkers would think. 13 experimental lads and lasses lined up with their rigs for the most entertaining event of the weekend. Te Radar a well loved NZ comedian compared the event and was most amusing with his witty repartee and I judged.

This was also the very first judge’s bribes that I received – we do encourage this sort of thing and extra points are awarded for ingenuity, originality, general silliness and importance to me. Chocolate scores very highly as does original prose, handmade items and clever items of ingenuity. The aim for a bribe is not to be expensive or exclusive baubles and bottles of wine. If the bribe fits in with the general theme of the team then all the better.  I have received Land Deeds to Cities, poems, shiny bits of brass and copper handy stuff, bacon and egg pie and short bread. Did I mention chocolate? The aim again is about fun and participation and a bit of performance. The best performance that we had was at Cuba Dupa February 2015 and the ATC Mark 2 Team recited a Decree and presented the judges with shortbread. Their rig was rather spectacular it was a tank, it had a turret that spun around, with a teapot on top. The tank had a trailer with a tea cup and saucer and for the grand finale    the tank erected its self and the teapot could pour a cup of tea. How is that for ingenuity – it is no wonder they receive the certificate for excellence.

splendid_teapot2Tea pot racing is mega fun, it is participatory, and it has thrills and spills and suspense the audience should be as involved as the racers. It is designed that anyone can have a go and it is up to you how far you go with it. We have had youngsters of 8 years old to young at heart 60+, we have had people with disabilities participate and be involved, the splendid teapot racing creed should be open to all. I previously mentioned my friend, Donna Rose who was confined to a wheel chair, sadly passed away in December 2013 never to actually participate. In her honour and memory we invested the inaugural Splendid Teapot Racing Cup. The Amelia Dangerfield ‘Woman of Steel’ memorial Challenge Cup awarded annually at the national champs at the Steampunk Festival in Oamaru.  This award is not for the fastest or the fanciest but for the individual or team who show spirit, participation and ingenuity. The first recipients in 2014 were Michelle Webb and Tam Savage with the Oolong Express.

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New Collections

by Ministry Admin on 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 the new collections, and they available in all the usual ebook online outlets, but if you purchase direct from the Ministry we get the most return, and can afford more tea!

Collection 8Tales from the Archives: 8

Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen and may include novel teasers of things to come. This volume includes:

Blessings of Baalshemin by Nobilis Reed

Bitter Pill by Bill Blume

Clockwork Portal by Stacia D Kelly

Foothold by Paul Ellis

$2.99 (includes both .mobi and .epub formats)Buy Now

 

Collection 9Tales from the Archives: 9

Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen and may include novel teasers of things to come. This volume includes:

Spiritus Sanctus by Alyson Grauer, The Mummy of Barnsley by Michael Ventrella, The Black Empress by Katharina Bordet, Down by the River by Tim Dodge.

$2.99 (includes both .mobi and .epub formats)Buy Now

 

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Six

by Ministry Admin on July 15, 2015

Tales from the Archives - Volume Four 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 Plain Sight — written and read 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.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, K.T. Bryski has always been a writer at heart, some of her earliest memories include pounding out stories on her father’s (then very cool, now very obsolete) computer.

Since then, she has written both prose and plays. Her playwriting includes Key of D Minor (2009), Dracula(2009), the libretto for East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon: A Children’s Opera (2014), and various scenes and monologues for Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto (2011). Her first novel, Hapax, was published by Dragon Moon Press October, and is also available as a free podcast. Her latest podcast chronicles the adventures and mysteries of Coxwood History Fun Park.

K.T. received her Hon. B.A. in History from the University of Toronto. She is currently enrolled in the Stonecoast Masters of Fine Arts Program at University of Southern Maine. She is also working as a freelance editor at One Stop Writer Shop. You can contact her by email at ktbryski@gmail.com, or send a message on Twitter to @ktbryski.

Theme music for the Ministry composed and created by Alex White. Order your copy of The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, now available from online and bricks and mortar stores everywhere.

 

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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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Tales from the Archives III: Ten

by Ministry Admin December 5, 2014

    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: Foothold […]

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Æther Feature: Ticker

by Ministry Admin November 20, 2014

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 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards

by Ministry Admin November 12, 2014

The Ministry is pleased as punch to be nominated in the 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominees. We’re nominated in the best steampunk category along with some other wonderful books and authors. Congratulations to Delilah D Dawson, Karina Cooper, Lynn Viehl and Meljean Brook as well. We are pleased to be in such fine company, […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Nine

by Ministry Admin November 11, 2014

    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: Clockwork […]

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Remembering the Fallen, Welcoming Others Home

by Ministry Admin November 11, 2014

Our brothers and sisters of investigating the strange and unusual, the Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical, are celebrating Veteran’s Day today in the Americas, and we tip our bowlers and bonnets to them all. Today, across the Empire, we pay different honours. We remember those that we have lost. Today is Armistice Day. In […]

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Report on S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

by Ministry Admin October 28, 2014

Back on September 13th, the Ministry had the joy of hosting a steampunk tea at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Our journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris were joined by Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and one of the authors in Ministry Protocol. They drank tea, ate some of Shaharazade’s […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Eight

by Ministry Admin October 7, 2014

    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: What […]

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COVER REVEAL- The Diamond Conspiracy

by Ministry Admin September 29, 2014

Apparently it has been leaked onto the Aetherwebs, and we here at the Ministry have admitted defeat…but in a good way. The cover for the Diamond Conspiracy is here for all to see! Miss Braun is once again wearing trouser and Mr Books is…what is he doing? Ah well…all will be revealed on the 31st […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Seven

by Ministry Admin September 23, 2014

    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: Bitter […]

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Æther Feature: Writing Young Adult Steampunk

by Ministry Admin September 18, 2014

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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Sixty-nine Shades of Darjeeling – The First

by Ministry Admin September 16, 2014

It’s been a week of tea drinking…lots of darjeeling, but with some sidetrips to assam and points north. Look for a post on Thursday about our little adventure to Shaharazade’s Exotic Tea Room, where I took a break from darjeelings. During the week however, I managed to get in plenty of samples from my All the […]

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Sixty-nine Shades of Darjeeling – Intro

by Ministry Admin September 8, 2014

Our journalist Pip Ballantine has ventured out into the world of tea exploration, and has sent back this report as she tries to learn more about  wonderful darjeelings. These posts will be appear on Mondays, and we hope they inform and entertain… Welcome! This all began when I decided to pick up the Teabox’s ‘All […]

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Ministry Protocol…now in your ears!

by Ministry Admin September 3, 2014

After weeks of slaving over the audio equipment, our journalists have finally been able to release the audio version of Ministry Protocol. Dividing up the work between themselves, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine have read all of the wonderful stories in the anthology, and it is now available at both Amazon and direct through Audible. […]

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Æther Feature: How Amelia Chain Brings the Punk

by Ministry Admin August 21, 2014

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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Begging Your Forgiveness

by Ministry Admin August 5, 2014

Unfortunately, we here at the Ministry are once again short-staffed. (Terrible thing, cut-backs don’t you know). While our journalists have their noses pressed to the grindstone getting the first round of edits out for the Diamond Conspiracy (due in March next year), they have rather fallen behind with the Tales from the Archives. This means […]

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S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

by Ministry Admin July 30, 2014

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 […]

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Happy Birthday, David Warner!

by Ministry Admin July 29, 2014

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 […]

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Dispatches from the Ministry

by Ministry Admin July 26, 2014

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 […]

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