Back Issue Bundles

Posted By on May 3, 2016

Readers may now purchase an entire year’s-worth of Chap issues (that is six editions) at the cost of only five.

Recently added collections include 2015-16, a year in which The Chap has seen great changes, such as the return of co-founder Vic Darkwood, the death of co-inspirational figure John Steed (along with Terry-Thomas), our first interview with a silent masked wrestler (Kendo Nagasaki), our first interview with a former Doctor Who girl (Katy Manning), and the introduction of new centrefold section, King of Chaps, in which a sartorially sensational figure is crowned and forced to reply to pertinent questions about where they acquired their schmutter.

Vic Darkwood, in his new regular column, addresses such varied topics as the etiquette of involuntary gentlemanly spasms, the art of trouser pocket usage, an analysis of the British public house and the etiquette of not jogging. Another new voice within our ranks is Laszlo Krass, reporting from Berlin on the mercifully small changes that have taken place there since the Wall came down. Steampunk, never far off The Chap’s radar, is looked at again, this time from the point of view of pipe vaping. Our musical section, penned mostly by singer Patricia Hammond, reports on the varied delights of 1930s populist tenors, obscure femme fatale singers and the swaggering Piccadilly Swells of the music hall era. She only stepped aside once to let Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer inform us of the gentlemanly dress codes of American hip-hop artistes.

This veritable bundle of gentlemanly joy may now be purchased in a bundle of all six issues from here

Spring Has Sprung, And So Have The May Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted By on May 1, 2016

It’s a real mixed bag this time, gang; I always try for variety in the selections, but I think that I’ve outdone myself this time! There’s everything from some hot washboard hokum to the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ, and the playlist finishes up with some pork chops and gravy (a rare radio “air check” by the Ink Spots, from early in their long career). Enjoy!

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The Chap Loves

Posted By on April 29, 2016

In our regular monthly bulletin on rather splendid items of gentlemanly usage, we shed light on the ancient British institution that is Yard-O-Led, makers of beautiful fountain pens.

Should a Chap invest his energies on a Crusade, he should make it one worthy of the name – and it seems to us that retrieving handwriting from the brink of extinction would surely fall into this category. For all the immediacy of texts and emails, the dead hand of digital is a forgettable means of communication, leading to documents forgotten as soon as read (if not sooner). In an increasingly atomised society, where life is lived in the fleeting moments between digital interactions, the handwritten missive brings a sense of permanence and value; a physical connection between writer and recipient.

But revolutionary success doesn’t come easy, and every cause needs its icon, and in Yard-O-Led pens we’ve found the perfect rallying point. With one of these squeezed into your manicured mitt, the joy of the written word is there to be rediscovered. For these handmade, solid silver, British pens are the yardstick by which all writing implements should be judged. So forget the workaday, mass produced, ‘luxury’ of the usual fountain pen suspects – any of whom, in a two horse race with Yard-O-Led, would trail a distant third. And, should you worry about the robustness of these luxury writing sticks, fear not: they are built to graft. In truth, the amount of words each pen can produce is only limited by your (and your progeny’s) imagination – for they are crafted to span more than a solitary life. So age will not weary them (though neglect may).

A #Steampunk anthology you need to have!

Posted By on April 22, 2016


Need help steaming up your Summer?
The other day I made myself a cup of tea and sat down to read the THIRTY DAYS LATER anthology put on by Thinking Ink Press. I wasn’t expecting the soirée of steam/clock infusion. I soon found my tea turning cold and me turning the next page. Thirty Days Later is full of interesting diverse stories that will appeal to a wide variety of readers with sightings of Royals, ghosts, dragons, Japanese folklore, spies, and even a Sasquatch(?!). While the packaging didn’t capture my attention, the high caliber creative content did. From Hugo award winning author to fresh new voices, this is one collection steampunk enthusiast should not judge by the cover.
I got to chat with a handful of the authors and asked some questions:
Tell us about yourself and your writing history.
AJ Sikes: I’m a scribbler, an idea follower, and more often than not a stuck-in-the-weeds author who wishes he could outline more fully before diving in. I’ve written a number of short stories, two novels, and countless bits of text-that-shall-not-be-named (or read, for that matter).
Kirsten Weiss: I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but I didn’t get serious about my writing until about five years ago. Now I write steampunk, urban fantasy, and mystery novels.
Steve DeWinter: Steve DeWinter is a #1 Bestselling Amazon Action & Adventure Sci-Fi Author who has also co-authored two fantasy novels with one of the greatest Victorian writers to have ever lived, Charles Dickens. Yes! That Charles Dickens.
Sharon E. Cathcart: I’ve been writing since childhood, sometimes for a living.  My first book was published in 1995, at a time when I was a newspaper editor-in-chief.  My background as a journalist made historical fiction a natural fit for me; I love doing the research.
Anthony Francis: Hi! I’m Anthony Francis; by day I work to bring about the robot apocalypse, but by night I write science fiction and draw comic books. I got my writing start doing computer-themed hard science fiction (“Sibling Rivalry” in The Leading Edge magazine) but my big break was the urban fantasy Dakota Frost series, including the award-winning FROST MOON and its sequels BLOOD ROCK and LIQUID FIRE.  My first published steampunk story was “Steampunk Fairy Chick” in the UNCONVENTIONAL anthology, set in the world of my forthcoming novel JEREMIAH WILLSTONE AND THE CLOCKWORK TIME MACHINE.
Katherine Morse and David Drake: We have written technical papers together for more than 20 years in our chosen profession. We decided to team-write The Adventures of Drake & McTrowell 6 years ago as our contribution to the steampunk community.
Emily Thompson: I’ve been writing since I was 14, and recently started to really get the hang of it.  I stick to writing Fiction as much as possible, and love reading old classics. 
Justin Andrew Hoke: Producer/Writer at Dreadfully Punk.
Lillian Csernica: Lillian has published SHIP OF DREAMS, a pirate romance novel, under her romance pen name Elaine LeClaire through Dorchester Publishing’s Leisure Imprint. Her short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Fantastic Stories, and the newly released TYPHON: A Monster Anthology. Lillian’s historical short fiction has appeared in And All Our Yesterdays and These Vampires Don’t Sparkle. Two paired stories are included in the Clockwork Alchemy 2015 anthology Twelve Hours Apart. Another pair of stories set in the same series appear in 30 Days Later. Born in San Diego and a veteran of historical reenactment, Ms. Csernica is a genuine California native. She currently resides in the Santa Cruz mountains with her husband, two sons, and three cats. Visit her at lillian888.wordpress.com.
Mike Tierney: I write my steampunk-laced alternate historical fiction stories from my anachronistic Victorian home in the center of Silicon Valley.  After writing technical and scientific publications for many years, I started writing fiction seriously about three years ago. Trained as a chemist, I bring an appreciation of both science and history to my stories.  My first novel, a steampunk adventure story titled To Rule the Skies, was the product of participating in NaNoWriMo 2012. A prequel is in the works.
Dover Whitecliff: I grew up in Hawaii in the middle of an east-west melting pot of fantastic myths and legends, so it’s no surprise that ‘ve been telling stories to myself forever. I’ve been writing seriously since high school, and now, an undisclosed number of years later, have finally challenged myself to stop faffing around and be the author I wanted to be in 8th grade when mom and dad said “You can’t just write that Star Wars stuff. There’s no future in it.” If they only knew…
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Can you summarize your Thirty Days Later story to one or two lines? And what inspired this story?
AJ Sikes: A mob enforcer with a conscience decides enough is enough and puts everything on the line to save an innocent life. He succeeds, but it costs him plenty. The protagonist is a side character in my second novel. I wanted to explore his origins more fully than the novel allowed and wanted to give readers of 30DL a taste of what the novel is about.
Kirsten Weiss: Secret agents getting in trouble! It was inspired by O’Henry’s series set in a South American banana republic, Of Cabbages and Kings. I liked the idea of bringing a troublemaking South African “emperor” to gold rush San Francisco. The other wraps up one of the stories from the 12-Hours Later anthology, where my heroine is left in possession of a mysterious chest. Now we find out what happens next. Finally!
Steve DeWinter: The Clockwork Writer is an episode of The Twilight Zone, Victorian Style. My story was inspired by a documentary I saw on The Writer Automaton, a 240-year-old doll that can be programmed to write any 40-character sentence, including spaces. I thought, what if he wrote something that wasn’t programmed? And what if what he wrote came true later?
Sharon E. Cathcart: Inspired by the June Rebellion of 1832, “Two Days in June” focuses on two characters and their lady friends during an event that might have gone unnoticed had not an author been caught behind the barricades in Paris. I was inspired by my studies of the French Revolution and the historical events of “Les Miserables.”  I’m a long-time Francophile, and the history behind the June Rebellion is fascinating.
Anthony Francis: When a plague of infectious alien gears threatens her city, grounded Liberation Academy cadet Jeremiah Willstone steals a pair of Falconer’s wings to track it down – and pays the price. Thirty days after her crash, she awakens from a coma facing the question of whether she’s saved the city from disaster – or just gotten herself expelled. When writing the THE CLOCKWORK TIME MACHINE, I discovered Jeremiah had washed out of the Falconry – her world’s version of the Air Force, AKA the brass jetpack brigade. Inspired by the “thirty days later” theme, I decided to explore that story – making the event of her washout not a simple failed test, but a spectacular smash-up with a city at stake.
Katherine Morse and David Drake: Vengeance is mine sayeth Sparky. Not so fast dear sayeth Drake. Some of the elements are taken from apocryphal stories from Sparky’s family, but the theme of 30 days later naturally lends itself to lunar cycles and lunacy.
Emily Thompson: The choice to leave your ordinary life behind and follow dreams of adventure and glory, is a very tricky one. The main character in this story, Vivian Swift, was originally a very minor, side character in the 12-part novel series that I’m writing now.  When I first wrote her in, something about her struck me, as if there was much more there than I thought at first.  There was no place in my series to explore Vivian’s life, so I put the thought of her aside until I found an opportunity to give her her own story.  I’m very pleased that I finally was able to find out who Vivian really was.
Justin Andrew Hoke: They’re a lesson. This story is about looking to the heavens as a way to pass God(s) and finding that you may create a few monsters of men along the way. I was inspired by the current political climate in the USA. Election season brings out my soapbox a little.
Lillian Csernica: British-born Dr. William Harrington now serves as personal physician to the Abbot of Kiyomizudera, the Pure Water Temple in Kyoto, Japan.  His role as one of the Abbot’s guardians brings unwanted attention to him and his family from the creatures of Japanese myth and folklore. I love Japanese culture.  From bushido to the many arts and handicrafts, there’s so much to learn and enjoy.  Japanese gods and monsters are quite different from those in the West.
Mike Tierney: A Victorian astronomer makes a world-changing discovery.  Or does he?  Only his more sensible assistant knows for sure. Or does she? Indirectly, the story is inspired by an episode of bad science that I was involved in many years ago.  Remember cold fusion?
Dover Whitecliff:  Wild Card and Straight Flush follow Kenna Wolfesdaughter, the Superspy with the Clockwork Eye, through an alternate world version of Las Vegas in a race to prevent the murder of three continents worth of world leaders at the opening ceremony of the Great Exposition. It’s Cyber-Steam James Bond in the city of lights, vices, and guilty pleasures, with a couple of clockwork sea serpents thrown in. These two stories are sequels to Hunter and Hunted from last year’s anthology, Twelve Hours Later. Kenna had a rough time of it in those stories and deserved an assignment someplace fun. Where better than Vegas? I had a blast reimagining it as a cyber-steam city of wonders and then throwing Kenna into a city I love to see what she’d make of it.
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What attracted you to the steampunk genre?
AJ Sikes: At first it was whimsy. Then it was the freedom to imagine anything and everything, and finally the maker aesthetic – the DIY whenever and wherever and for whatever reason occurs to you. Steampunk for me, reflects a life lived to the fullest, following one’s own true pursuits and aims.

Æther Salon: Earthquakes! (Edited Transcript)

Posted By on April 22, 2016

Earthquakes have been recorded throughout human history, oft-times explained in their immensity as the actions of gods such as Poseidon, or ‘a great battle between a thunderbird and a whale’. However, Science in its early forms investigated earthquakes as well.
The theories that have been put forward up to the present date are three, and their authors three men, Anaxagoras of Clazomenae, and

Early bird tickets for Jazz Age on the Delaware are now on sale

Posted By on April 3, 2016

Discounted early bird tickets for Jazz Age on the Delaware are now on sale!

Use promo code “jazzagestyle” for an extra 20% off!

http://www.jazzageonthedelaware.com/

Jazz Age on the Delaware is a family-friendly all day concert event in Northeast Philadelphia with food, alcohol, classic cars, vintage dancers, games, vendors, fashion shows, live music, and more, all set to the tunes of the Roaring Twenties.  Proceeds go towards the restoration of the historic Glen Foerd mansion.

Travelers can easily reach the Glen Foerd estate by car (I-95, PA Turnpike, or Tacony-Palmyra Bridge from NJ), by bus (take the 19 to James Street to the Torresdale train station), and by train (SEPTA Regional Rail to the Torresdale train station).

Last year, we had over 1,000 guests spread across 18 acres.

Picnics and dancing are the currency of the day, so come and join us for Jazz Age fun on Saturday, July 30th!

Photo gallery 1: http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/photos-jazz-age-on-the-delaware-in-philadelphia/zsJohc—unU5ws2k4i0CU/

Photo gallery 2: http://www.lynnredmile.com/jazz_age_delaware_2015


No Fooling, It’s Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted By on April 2, 2016

Not an April fool, or any other kind of foolishness— yes, it’s the April edition of Pilsner’s Picks!

I almost didn’t make my regular first-of-the-month date for it, because my web host completely changed their site’s design last month, and so I had a lot of trouble with the song title and embedded MP3 formatting. This is usually a simple procedure, but not this time! It took me about two hours longer than usual, but now I have it down (after plenty or trial and error, mainly error).

Anyway, here’s the playlist. Enjoy!

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Æther Salon: Vaudeville! (Edited Transcript)

Posted By on March 25, 2016

Nika Thought-werk:

So, question, ladies and gents, boys and girls, and animals of every shape and size … Do you like to be entertained?

Dear friends, my name is Nika Thought-werk. Many of you know me as a little clockwork who loves mail. I am that, but I am so much more – when I remember. One of the things I am is real. In the time before now, one of the things I did was perform in a

The Chap April/May Edition

Posted By on March 24, 2016

The Chap’s latest swashbuckling edition has hit the nation’s magazine racks.

New Doctor of Dandyism Miss Sunday Swift assesses the unique dandyism of Emma Peel, in a new regular look at the dandizette in all her historical glory. Michael “Atters” Attree meets Tom Six, controversial Dutch filmmaker and decadent fellow, whose prize possession is Sebastian Horsley’s ashtray. We look at the crucial roles played by socks, Fair Isle sweaters and gentlemen’s pockets, the latter being given a thorough delving-into by Vic Darkwood. We pay a visit to Trouser Town, where moleskin strides are back in production after several decades, thanks to HebTroCo. Our King of Chaps cuts a Steed-esque dash in brown bowler and tweeds, while Laszlo Krass takes us on a walking tour of Chappist Berlin. Little-known black jazz bandleader James Reese Europe gets the recognition he deserves, while Oliver Reed’s version of the cricket coin toss is recounted in dipsomaniac detail.

All this plus regular features from the Butler, Steve Pittard, Film reviews, Am I Chap? and the Lip Weasel.

To purchase the latest edition or subscribe, please visit www.thechap.co.uk/magazine/

The Chap April/May Edition

Posted By on March 24, 2016

The Chap’s latest swashbuckling edition has hit the nation’s magazine racks.

New Doctor of Dandyism Miss Sunday Swift assesses the unique dandyism of Emma Peel, in a new regular look at the dandizette in all her historical glory. Michael “Atters” Attree meets Tom Six, controversial Dutch filmmaker and decadent fellow, whose prize possession is Sebastian Horsley’s ashtray. We look at the crucial roles played by socks, Fair Isle sweaters and gentlemen’s pockets, the latter being given a thorough delving-into by Vic Darkwood. We pay a visit to Trouser Town, where moleskin strides are back in production after several decades, thanks to HebTroCo. Our King of Chaps cuts a Steed-esque dash in brown bowler and tweeds, while Laszlo Krass takes us on a walking tour of Chappist Berlin. Little-known black jazz bandleader James Reese Europe gets the recognition he deserves, while Oliver Reed’s version of the cricket coin toss is recounted in dipsomaniac detail.

All this plus regular features from the Butler, Steve Pittard, Film reviews, Am I Chap? and the Lip Weasel.

To purchase the latest edition or subscribe, please visit www.thechap.co.uk/magazine/

The Chap February Edition

Posted By on March 24, 2016

The Chap’s latest fop-packed issue has hit the nation’s magazine shelves, powered entirely by good old-fashioned steam.

We meet Mycroft Milverton, who has converted real briar pipes into electronic vapour-fired devices for smoking pleasure; we hear about technical innovations that allow gentlemen to wear proper shoes with added modern benefits; we meet several makers of military style watches with contemporary mechanisms hidden behind their perfect dials; David Bowie’s sartorial splendour in Berlin in the 1970s is pictographically recalled; the first lady in our Centrefold is crowned Queen of Chapettes; Patricia Hammond recalls three 1930s tenors who were virtually pop stars; Tom Cutler advises on the etiquette of internet dating; Vic Darkwood provides essential information on all the colours that make up the Chromatic Lexicon of Louche; and Gustav Temple advises on the most suitable unguents for chaps to douse themselves with.

All this plus regular features from the Butler, Steve Pittard, Film reviews, Am I Chap? and the Lip Weasel.

To purchase the latest edition or subscribe, please visit www.thechap.co.uk/magazine/

The 2016 Chap Olympiad

Posted By on March 24, 2016

Tickets are now available for the 12th Chap Olympiad: Saturday 16th July, 2016. The venue, as ever, will be the splendidly verdant Bedford Square Gardens in London’s slightly fashionable Bloomsbury.

The competitive events, as always, will rely more on dashing panache, wit and skullduggery than athletic prowess. The contestants will be dressed in a manner that is totally unsuitable for sport – yet ideal for strutting about and looking wonderful.
New events will be created especially for 2016, and old events that refuse to become unpopular will continue to fill the fixtures. Another first for 2016 is that a couple will be getting married on the Chap Olympic track – but only if the groom has performed appallingly in several events. We urge you to cancel anything else you had planned for Saturday 16th July, and make a visit to your tailor, your milliner and your wig maker.
Tickets may be purchased here: www.thechapolympiad.com

In the meantime, watch a short video from last year’s Chap Olympiad here: www.youtube.com