Steampunk fiction, reviews and interviews

Light In The Lantern: With Madeleine Holly-Rosing

Greetings! Welcome to to Steampunk’d Lancaster! My name is Madeleine Holly-Rosing and I am the writer/creator of the steampunk supernatural prose and graphic novel series, Boston Metaphysical Society.

Strange times have struck the Isles of Ire – Flesh eating Liver Birds plague the skies and Sugar-Zombies roam he streets spreading their curse like a plague…

So some of us have decided to re-kindle the old beacon in the city watchtower and keep its flame burning each night as a way of giving hope to those being hunted down by terrifying monsters, or evil scarecrow landlords…

Tonight is my shift and never fear, I am well armed to protect myself with my flaming magical sword so I think I will manage to keep the beasts at bay.

Now then, since I’m here I thought I would share some of my work with you all…

If you’re not familiar with Boston Metaphysical Society, it’s about an ex-Pinkerton detective, a spirit photographer, and a genius scientist who battle supernatural forces in late 1800s Boston.

It took a while to find the right title for the series as I wanted to evoke the time period within the title. Obviously, Boston is where most of the stories take place. I use the definition of the word “metaphysical” as it was used back then, which was to describe supernatural or paranormal activities. It’s taken on a more philosophical and spiritual meaning today. “Society” was also a word commonly used back then to describe a team, club, or an organization.
If you are new to the series, the best place to start is the trade paperback which includes the original six issue mini-series and a bonus story from Source Point Press! You can order it directly from them, your local comic book store or from me!

To help stave the evil spirits, my award winning novel, Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets is 50% off over at Smashwords until OCTOBER 15 by using this coupon code – SN34N.

I love the cover and I hope you do too. I didn’t want your standard steampunk cover with the same stock images you see all the time. So while I was on Facebook, I saw Luisa’s painting for a steampunk novella and loved it. I contacted her, but my budget could only cover one character. I decided that I wanted to have the main female character on the cover with a specific kind of style/fashion that is discussed in the book. I also love the color hunter green, so that part was easy. Also, the triquetra (Celtic Knot) medallion she is holding is an element in the book as well.
Luisa then did a rough sketch which I approved. Afterwards, she painted it and I gave her a few minor notes for changes, but pretty much she knocked it out of the park. Kudos to Anke Koopman who came up with the title graphics.
It’s such a big world that I wrote three sequel graphic novels, a novel, an anthology, and our very first COLORING BOOK. You can find my books on all ebook platforms as well as Amazon and my own webstore.

Here is a list of reading material to keep you occupied on those dark and stormy nights:

Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets- OR at Smashwords (50%) off. (Coupon Code – SN34N)

Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude –

Boston Metaphysical Society: The Scourge of the Mechanical Men-

Boston Metaphysical Society: The Spirit of Rebellion –

Boston Metaphysical Society: Ghosts and Demons-

Boston Metaphysical Society: The Coloring Book-

If you’d like to purchase any of my wares you can find them here:

If you’d like to connect you can find me here:


Well thank you so much for joining me this evening as we keep the light in the lantern burning. I’m afraid that’s my shift over for the night, thank goodness it was a quiet one! I’ve heard some authors have had their spines ripped to pieces up here by those Liver Birds and there was tell last week of an artist who fell foul to a hoard of sugar zombies and is now best avoided… although his artwork apparently is better than ever…

Stay safe friends, whatever assails you, and when times are dark, look for the light in the lanterns of others and treasure the light in your own….

2 responses

  1. Green is one of my favorite colors, and Miss Plumtartt enjoys coloring books.

    Boston ‘Metaphysical’ and Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Get Physical’ work well together…
    Metaphysical! Physical!
    Metaphysical! Physical!
    I love just how science works, yeah science works.
    I love how science works.
    Oh, Metaphysical! Physical!
    Physics makes everything work.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah,
    Physics makes things work.
    Oh, Metaphysical!

    Happy Trails, Miss Holly-Rosing!

    You too, Miss Penny, Ma’am!

    Liked by 1 person

    October 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    • Penny Blake

      Tee hee, thanks Icky – hey, awesome your comments are getting through now! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      October 9, 2020 at 9:41 am

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