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Friday, July 15 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Steampunk, Victorians and the Occult (ET)

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For a society that was so morality-conscious, it seems like there were a fair number of people (aristocrats even) who became interested in the occult around the end of the 19th century—performing séances, reading tarot, joining neo-pagan societies like the Golden Dawn, and so on. Why was occultism so popular, and how did the rest of society react to it? 

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Gail Z. Martin

Author, Writing
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Scourge: A Darkhurst Novel, from Solaris Books. Gail is also the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel and Trifles and Folly 1: A Deadly Curiosities Collection, the latest in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC; Shadow and Flame is the fourth... Read More →

Guests
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Tally Johnson

Paranormal
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Margaret McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor of the Predators in Petticoats anthology (Black Cat White Cat Books, 2020), as well as two anthologies about the wildest West that never was: Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017) and The Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015... Read More →
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Victorian A