Welcome to Issue 8 of The Primgraph - and this time we are indulging our tastes for ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night to celebrate Halloween!
There's a splendid ghost story from the distinguished pen of Mr Aeolus Cleanslate - a tale of mysterious happenings deep below the grimy pavements of New Babbage. The redoubtable Frau Annechen Lowey continues her exploration of the Etiquette of the Steamlands by explaining how to deal with that unfortunate group of Society, the Undead. Miss Ceejay Writer tackles the Victorian Supernatural in Literature, while our intrepid photographer, Mr PJ Trenton, (more used to dodging unexpected explosions in Caledon-on-Sea and rather more expected explosions in New Babbage) has been out and about exploring spooky places in the Steamlands. And Miss Alesia Markstein provides a fascinating account of the Victorian Seance which you will not want to miss!
Our focus of the month is on the sinisterly beautiful Dark Victorian regions of Winterfell: the four areas known as Laudanum, Absinthe, Aramanthine and Anodyne. Mr Jvstin Tomorrow has explored them for us, While Miss Scotti Lyle has a feature on Port Aramantine and its guardian, Miss Uni Ninetails. Miss Viv Trafalgar has an interview with the guardian of Winterfell, The Senschelf herself Miss Serra Anansi (who has kindly supplied information about the very special Winterfell Library). Frau Annechen Lowey gives us the background to Winterfell, and the novels which inspired it.
And we have Episode 3 of our exciting new web comic - The Quest for the Golden Prim. Our heroine, Miss Annabella Scott, is determined to keep her mysterious meeting with the Librarian - but she is quite unaware of the danger into which she is walking.... And we will be meeting not only people familiar to us from Episode 2 (such as those dastardly pirates and their accomplices) ... but some new characters as well: Nan's best friend, Minnie Rowbottom; Emily Lockhart, cub reporter on The Primgraph; and the mysterious man who helps our friends at the library. To say nothing of the man who comes to Nan's rescue ... and why does the gallant Ralph Montcalm seem to dislike him so?
We have a range of news stories, thanks to diligent correspondents ... such as the results of the Caledon Rose-Growing Competition (sponsored by The Primgraph) and the Opening of the Primgraph Press in Caledon Glengarry. There's also news of new and fascinating regions in the Steamlands, such as Steelhead Shanghai, and the Rise of Serenissima, while we have the exciting tale of the Fall and Rise of Armada Breakaway. Learn of Charitable Endeavours in the Steamlands with the forthcoming Booby Ball and the Shirtless Calendar. Society news has come of a Royal Wedding in Antiquity - and a somewhat unexpected wedding planned in New Babbage. We hear of a new exhibition the the Western lands of Deadwood, while in Caledon we mourn the passing of the Botanical House and thrill to the tale of a Giant Ape on the Loose amid the dreaming spires of Caledon Oxbridge.
There are other articles too: a fascinating account of the artist Miss Brigid Ashwood by Natania Baron. Miss Kembri Tomsen supplies a round up of some of the new autumn fashions, while Miss Naergilien Wunderlich presents an enthralling history of mourning dress. In addition our Lady of Propriety (or our Lady of Correctitude, as a wonderful double-translation of our introduction to Issue 6 would have it - do read here) advises on the correct way to behave if kidnapped by some unscrupulous villain - advice that may be sorely needed in the wilder reaches of the Steamlands!
We have more of our classic serial, The Mysteries of London, as well as another extract from that fascinating documentary record: Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor, building up a detailed picture of Victorian life in a great city....
And, above all, we welcome Miss Terry Lightfoot, the enormously talented designer, who has made the whole magazine quite breathtakingly lovely!
So, with no shortage of fascinating articles and beautiful illustrations supplied by our brilliantly talented team, we welcome you to this eighth issue of The Primgraph.
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