About this project
As we start this kickstarter campaign, we're more than halfway done writing A Steampunk's Guide to Sex. The book covers both Victorian and contemporary sexuality, such as:
- sex work
- alternative sexualities
- sexual health
- sex devices through the ages
- historical attitudes on sex
and includes a great number of how-to guides covering such things as:
- DIY floggers made with bike tubes
- steam-powered vibrators
- Victorian aphrodisiacs
One of the most common reactions we get, when describing the book to someone new, is: "Oh, so you're taking this seriously?" Absolutely. We intend for this book to be fun, lighthearted, fascinating, and useful. There will be a mix of neat history and of information applicable to contemporary subcultures.
The book will be illustrated with steamy modern photos shot with the historical tintype process. The camera we're using is almost exactly 100 years old, the lens is from 1891 and the process itself is older still. Unlike the more modern negative film process, we're shooting positive, one-of-a-kind images directly onto aluminum plates.
This book is the second in our Steampunk's Guide series: first we did A Steampunk's Guide to the Apocalypse. After this one, we'll start work on our next title, Crime.
We're a small publisher, to put it lightly, and we keep our list prices as low as possible. So we don't really have much capital. Sure, we could put out A Steampunk's Guide to Sex via print-on-demand, but we'd have to bump up the cover price for a lower-quality product. We want this book to be your beautiful reference to the kinky side of anachronistic life. So we need money to afford a print run of the books.
Professor Calamity is a member of the Catastrophone Orchestra arts collective, a group of authors and performers that researches and illuminates the 19th century working and criminal classes. He is the primary author and editor of the book.
Alan Moore is the best-selling author of Watchman, From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and any number of other books. He is contributing his thoughts on pornography and Victorian prostitution.
Margaret Killjoy founded SteamPunk Magazine in 2006 and wrote A Steampunk's Guide to the Apocalypse in 2007. He is an editor and designer for the book in addition to his role as the tintypist.
Luna is both a steampunk and a sex worker who writes and educates about sex work. She is a contributing writer.
Miriam Roček, better known as Steampunk Emma Goldman, is a NYC-based activist steampunk author whose work has appeared all over the internet and in print. She is a contributing writer.
Yes! Combustion Books is committed to producing books that are not crippled by DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology.
Please add $7 at the $12 reward level, $10 at the $25 and $50 reward levels, and $20 at the $75 and $100-tintype levels to help us pay for overseas shipping. Canadian shipping, please add $3 at the $12 level, $5 at the $25 and $50 reward levels, and $10 at the $75 and $100-tintype levels.
The $75 reward includes all the titles we've published as Combustion Books so far:
-SteamPunk Magazine, 1-7 anthologized
-SteamPunk Magazine issues 8 and 9 individually
-A Steampunk's Guide to the Apocalypse
-Catastrophone Orchestra by Catastrophone Orchestra
-What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower by Margaret Killjoy
-White is the Color of Death by various authors
-Graceless: A Journal of the Radical Gothic
Yes, we'll happily include ebook files along for free with any donation that includes print copies of the book.
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