Sisters Noire: my first Vblog.

As I’m floundering for content a little (I shouldn’t be, but I’ve got a lot of “life” stuff on right now and everything else feels a little too much like a chore on top of it all). I decided I’d post a transcript of my first Youtube video (it’s pretty darned rough around the edges, but I think I’ve caught the bug and will look into after effects and actually putting together a clear plan of what I want to say in future!). Expect another one or two posts like this, maybe not full transcripts, but yeah. Cheers!

 

 

My name’s Ed and this is my first VBlog.

 

 

What’s this all about?

 

I’ve been planning this for about a month but I needed a haircut and I was trying to think of something to actually say. The haircut didn’t take a month but it’s less messy than it was.

 

I haven’t got any of the pyrotechnics or the cool intro or anything like that which I really wanted, so if anyone wants to help with that, that would be awesome. Maybe do me a tune or something? A funky little number.

 

Basically Sisters Noire is a place for me to network with other authors – that could be you, or any friends of yours who write – I’d like to talk to them.

 

It is also going to be a place where I talk about my book series, the first book is called Romanse Macabre.

 

 

About me

 

I’m a web designer/frontend developer based in the South West of England. I have written for several years now. I joined a writers group a couple of years back, though we meet up less regularly now which is why I hope to network more online. I hope to conduct more author interviews but I think I need to do them in a more interesting way for everyone’s benefit, perhaps over Youtube. I’m also going to review more books. I recently reviewed a title by a guy called Adam Sifre – I’ve Been Deader, which is a very cool alternate comedy-horror zombie book.

 

 

More about Romanse Macabre

 

Think Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London, V For Vendetta and the present day episodes of Doctor Who. Romanse Macabre is kind of in the same vein as those.

 

I plan on reading little excerpts from my book in future videos, putting them on my website and maybe getting some of your feedback on those. I’ll also be posting about characters from my book, locations and I’ll be trying to get a bit of artwork up. I’m not the world’s greatest artist yet, but if you are then I could use your help!

 

 

Networking

 

I have found networking so far kind of difficult – I think you need to put a lot of time into it and I need to balance that out with a lot of writing. This is always a problem because I’ve got a nine-to-five job as well, which I know most people have. Obviously writing’s what I want to do but when I get home I get tired. I really need to do this and I need to write more just to keep my brain going and to achieve what I want to achieve which is to get published. I kinda want to do it the old fashioned way if I can, through an agent and a publishing house but if not I’m going to explore other avenues.

 

I’ve been looking to drive more traffic to my site and Facebook (http://www.sistersnoire.com/facebook) too, so if you could “LIKE” my Facebook page that’d be great – especially if you’re into steampunk, dieselpunk, urban fantasy / contemporary fantasy which is what I write then that’d be great.

 

So my wesbite Sisters Noire has writing tips from me and stuff I’ve kind of pinched from books and people and reworded so I don’t get shot (I don’t do that with my novels by the way!). I have also posted author reviews – authors who are published and authors who are published to Kindle or by some other means.

 

I’m very up for linking to your website if you’re a writer of urban fantasy, steampunk, dieselpunk or somehow related to what I do and a link back would be great as well.

 

I’d be very happy to review people’s books. I’ve also been reviewing stuff on telly I like, I’m going to try and make things more urban fantasy specific quite soon.

 

 

What are you and what do you like?

 

I’m kinda a massive geek, I have quite a few computer games, I’m quite into my movies, I like my tv series, one of my favourite’s recently was Luther – horrible, awesome. I love Spaced, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Tolkien’s good – I’m looking forward to the Hobbit. Cuba. I have lots of Lego. Stephen King is cool. Steampunk. Cuban cigars. The Tardis. The Turtles. I’m an 80’s kid – The Racoons. Amanda Palmer. Italy. I have a couple of comic books, they’re good. Music, music festivals – I’ve been to Glasto and Reading quite a few times. Neil Gaiman. Sausage rolls. I really like The Manic Street Preachers. The smell of coffee. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was quite good. 24 – Jack Bauer. Glam rock nights in Brighton. Jurassic Park. Pepperamis. Elbow, I really like Elbow. The Beatles. I have a fur coat. Amanda Palmer’s awesome. And she married Neil Gaiman who’s also awesome, so that’s just amazing. Air, the French band. I’ve got five of their albums, they’re great to clean to, I spend like seven hours (more like 3), just listening to Air over and over. My housemate loved me.

 

 

Series name

 

I kind of wanted an overall series name like The Lord of The Rings or His Dark Materials, so I’ve picked a character who will be present in one form or another throughout the series called Lord Horatio Redden. The series name is Lord Horatio Redden and the Sisters Noire. Then you’ve got the book title,
so the first one is Romanse Macabre.

 

 

Until later…

 

So if you want to send me anything – if you have a feature for Sisters Noire or if you want an interview conducted please contact info@sistersnoire.com.

 

Please check out my Youtube channel and subscribe.

Steampunky Games Part 1: Shadow Man

I thought I’d kick off a little series of video game articles with one that is very close to my heart – Shadow Man, a 1998 cross-platform horror game.

 

Shadow Man centers around a man named Michael LeRoi, who becomes a walker-between-worlds – Liveside, the land of the living and Deadside, the land of the dead. LeRoi/Shadow Man must stop Legion, the embodiment of evil in his race to aquire all of the “dark souls” scattered across both Liveside and Deadside. He plans to use them to power a great engine at the heart of a place called Aslyum, enabling him to inflict his undead followers on the people of Earth.

 

Asylum – an impressive structure devised by Jack the Ripper himself, is based on a painting of The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel (http://bit.ly/LXxA1R). For anyone who doesn’t know, the Tower of Babel was a biblical tower the people of Shinar part-constructed to get a better look at God and heaven. The big man got a little hot and bothered about this and so scattered the peoples of Shinar across the world, giving them (our forefathers, if you believe that), all different spoken languages.

 

Shadow Man not only features a vast building filled with steam, metal and fiendish traps, but also spooky Victorian trains and even London’s Down Street Station – a disused London underground station (http://bit.ly/XOtku – a great website on these).

You may also like to check out “London By Tube” by David Revill , a brilliant book explaining all of the London tube stations and their origins (http://amzn.to/N6BaGG).

 

As a PC game but also a Playstation 1 and N64 title, Shaodw Man looks pretty decrepit by today’s standards, but for plot, scope and level design, it still holds its own. I think any deserning urban fantasy, horror or steampunk fan would find it difficult not to appreciate the fiendish world Acclaim Teeside created.

 

Sisters Noire in 2012

I built this site last year sometime and haven’t done a whole lot with it. Which is a shame, because I kinda like it. Besides, this is the place I can shout about how cool Urban Fantasy, Steampunk and Dieselpunk are. I can also talk about my own stories based preliminary on the first of those three genres, Urban Fantasy, but with elements of all three.

 

What the heck is Urban Fantasy, anyway? Well according to Wikipedia –

 

“Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods. The prerequisite is that they must be primarily set in a city.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_fantasy

 

They offer up Harry Potter (among others) as an example of Urban Fantasy. I’d like to throw out names like Neil Gaiman, (if you haven’t read either Neverwhere or American Gods, I recommend them). He’s also married to the singer Amanda Palmer, who’s probably a bit like Marmite, (which she hates, incidentally). I’d also like to mention Ben Aaronovitch, author of Rivers of London, which in my opinion had one of the coolest book covers in recent memory.

 

So what’s Steampunk? In a word, it’s –

To be honest, if you’re still reading this and you just watched that, it may well have put you off the whole idea. Really, though, this stuff is cool! Well not cool, exactly, but who wants to be that?

 

Anyway, stay posted for more geekery. I’ll basically be posting on the Facebook page and here as often as I can – cool images, trailers, video games, book recommends, music and updates on how my own tales are going when real life isn’t pestering me. Much of the content will fit with the themes, as you’d expect, so expect a lot of Neo-Vic looking people, big, silly, cog-riddled machines, airships, submarines, computers that look Victorian, heroes, villains, film noir, Nazis, zombies, alternate histories, adventurers…

 

Any help on FB would be much appreciated, so if you fancy chucking up your own musings, artwork or cool little web-finds that would be awesome :). I welcome creativity.

 

One more thing. If you could “like” this page and also on Facebook, that’d be grand. Or show your support by clicking the dandy Google+ icon. Please bring your friends along too!

 

Oh, oh, what’s Dieselpunk? Well It’s basically this.

Stay tuned.

So You Think You’re Dieselpunk? Part 2

Here’s a quick update to post a few great links. Expect a list of Steampunk and Dieselpunk films, fiction and video games soon!

All about Dieselpunk and a Dieselpunk community: http://www.dieselpunks.org/

Check out “The Gatehouse” website (http://www.ottens.co.uk/gatehouse/dieselpunk.php) for a great section on Dieselpunk, with a historyon the sub-genre and a few short articles to give you a better picture.

The term “dieselpunk” was first coined to describe a darker, dirtier side of steampunk, informed by cyberpunk sensibilities, set in a post-steampunk era with a higher industrial level of development. Like steampunk colonizes the past of Victorian-Edwardian Scientific Romances and Voyages Extraordinaires with the present, dieselpunk transports modern-day technologies and attitudes into the era of mid-century pulp fiction—pulp refering to the inexpensive fiction magazines widely published from the 1920s through the 1950s, typically remembered for their sensational and exploitative stories and thrilling cover art.

Like steampunk exists within the framework of speculative fiction, dieselpunk resides under the banner of Pulp, specifically characterized by the rise of petroleum power and technocratic perception, incorporating neo-noir elements and sharing themes with Adventure Pulp.

Finally here’s a Facebook page to keep you updated on things Dieselpunk.

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