Author Archives: gabymalcolm

About gabymalcolm

Author and Illustrator - on all things 19th Century and popular culture. Currently re-writing history ...

The Glasstown Chronicles #4: Just Below The Surface – The Steampunk Past

Fossils in rocks provide evidence of the imprint of evolution on the planet. When people encountered them they tried to explain what was there. Dragons, monsters, or chimera. The evidence of the more recent past is imprinted on the landscape. … Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Industrial Archaeology, Neo-Victorian Studies, Nineteenth Century Culture, Popular Culture, Steampunk, The Bronte Sisters | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Glasstown Chronicles #3: Humble Parry Takes A Trip

In the 19th Century there was a movement, slow but significant, that infiltrated thought and decision-making. Some of the first steps in the progress towards improvements in Women’s Rights were taken. It might have been quiet, but it went hand … Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Neo-Victorian Studies, Nineteenth Century Culture, Steampunk, Vicorian/Edwardian Literature | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Glasstown Chronicles #2: Into The Aether

The dangers and uses of ‘Luminiferous Aether’. Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Neo-Victorian Studies, Nineteenth Century Culture, Steampunk, Vicorian/Edwardian Literature | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Glasstown Chronicles #1: The Library

Beware! Beware! His flashing eyes, his floating hair! Weave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honey-dew hath fed And drunk the milk of Paradise. ‘A Vision In A Dream’ (‘STC’)   … Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Neo-Victorian Studies, Nineteenth Century Culture, Popular Culture, Steampunk, The Bronte Sisters, Vicorian/Edwardian Literature | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen

Good news for fans of Jane, Janeites, and writers of JAFF! If all that is a little obscure for you, then this is definitely the publication for you. Due out April 2015, this addition to the Fan Phenomena series from … Continue reading

| Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Blogging Braddon 4: Titillation and Tactility in the ‘Tally-HO’ Letter from John Gilby to Mary Braddon (1860)

I was hiding in the stacks of the Augustine Library at Canterbury Christ Church University with Dr Kate Mattacks (UWE) last November, and stifling laughter (yes, academics do sometimes have a good time) – and why? Well, smut – that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Mary Braddon, Nineteenth Century Culture, Vicorian/Edwardian Literature | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Blogging Braddon 3: ‘Dear Boss’, how many roads must an archival researcher travel?

Shock revelation from the Braddon Family Archive – Mary Braddon wrote the Ripper letters to Scotland Yard in 1888!  (So there, Patricia Cornwell with your Walter Sickert theory!) Now that I have your attention, it’s, well …  it’s not explicitly … Continue reading

Posted in Mary Braddon, Nineteenth Century Culture, Popular Culture, Vicorian/Edwardian Literature | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment