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The Road to Asylum starts here


Tobias Frost, monster hunter. Formerly of HM Parachutist Regiment

Tobias Frost, monster hunter. Formerly of HM Parachutist Regiment

For those readers that don’t know, the Asylum is probably the biggest Steampunk gathering in the UK.

For those readers that don’t know, Steampunk is set in a time that never existed. A time when Queen Victoria ruled and men and women explored the world, inner- and outer-space using technology that we find in our times, but with a distinctly Victorian, steam-powered twist.

Steampunk is also a fabulous make-do-and-mend movement. Clothing is heavily altered, fantastic ray guns are constructed, and rocket packs built.

As such, I shall attempt to write a series of articles showing what I’ve got, and how I’ve adapted it.

Hopefully it won’t look too crap. Some will have just been bought with little work needed, whilst other stuff such as “Tobias Frost’s Patented (applied for) Monster Hunting Acid Throwers” will be heavily modified.

An example of the makery can be seen in the photo the left. The jacket is from somewhere like Top Man, but Karen added all of the piping, I made the medal, and the Sam Browne and bowler hat are both from my late grandfather.

My wife is also attending and we shall be trying to sell some of her amazing steampunk cuff links and jewellery at the Illicit Market in Lincoln’s fabulous Castle Grounds! She might even be looking to have one of the pop-up stalls. Which would be truly splendid!

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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