Tallahasee, Florida, Aug 21 at Ray’s Steel City Saloon: Lambshead Cabinet Antho Extravaganza!


Here’s the official announcement for our party, open to the public, this weekend…It should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there! JeffV



A book launch party for The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, an LA Times Summer Reading Selection, and The Steampunk Bible, recently featured in the NYT and Wall Street Journal.

Ray’s Steel City Saloon (lower level), Sunday August 21, 4pm to 7pm (or later)

Official program starting at 5:30pm:
—Scandelous anecdotes about the books
—The stories behind the stories
—Short readings
—Giveaways (of previous Weird Tales issues, Bull Spec magazine, Jeff’s novels, a copy of 1001 Steampunk Creations, and much more)

Free appetizers and cake!

(Full bar and Ray’s menu are available)

Featuring Hugo Award winner Ann VanderMeer and World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer and the unveiling two items from the Lambshead Cabinet:

—The Steampunk Workshop’s Bassington & Smith Positronic Brain, built by Jake von Slatt

—Famous Czech animator Jan Svankmajer’s cryptozoological art

With Special Guests:
—S.J. Chambers (Lambshead contributor and Steampunk Bible coauthor with Jeff VanderMeer)
—Florida State University Professor and artist Carrie Ann Baade (art available)

Fun for the whole family, with rumors of a face painter also in attendance…

Lambshead Cabinet anthology and The Steampunk Bible both available for sale and signing as well as the latest issue of Weird Tales (edited by Ann VanderMeer, art by Baade) and humor book The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals (written by Ann & Jeff).

More on the Books…


THE THACKERY T. LAMBSHEAD CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer—All-new fiction and art anthology featuring Lev Grossman, Holly Black, Naomi Novik, Mike Mignola, Alan Moore, famous Czech animator Jan Svankmajer and more….After the death of the eccentric Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead at his house in Wimpering-on-the-Brook, England, a remarkable discovery was unearthed: the remains of an astonishing cabinet of curiosities. In keeping with the bold spirit exemplified by Dr. Lambshead and his exploits, HarperCollins now proudly presents fully illustrated highlights from the doctor’s cabinet, including exciting stories of adventure and reproduced museum exhibits. The Cabinet anthology is a secret history of the 20th century, an art book with over 70 images, and a treasury of modern fantasy containing work by over 85 creators, including some of the genre’s most exciting names. A follow-up on the critically acclaimed fake disease guide.


THE STEAMPUNK BIBLE, written by Jeff VanderMeer with S.J. Chambers—Steampunk, a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture, is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible, a full-color coffee table book, is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expressions. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike.


  1. Tim says

    Just saw this via Mark Hinson on FB. Seems appropriate to play at your party (which looks awesome but I will probably miss)