Read Chapter 1. The Ghost of Esme Gorey

Welcome to A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters! Read Chapter 1. The Ghost of Esme Gorey for free online below. The Hunt is On! Join our young heroine, Philomena Dashwood, as she sneaks out of the house to attend a séance. When a vengeance driven spectre is summoned, Philomena sets out on her first Monster Hunting adventure…

Bonus Round 2 – Lady Monster Hunter

Lizzie Hatfield, the hair/make-up artist for “A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters” plays a lady monster hunter in the book as well! When Lizzie did her shoot, we traveled around Montana looking for a location that was similar looking to Spain. We also did a portrait. This character catches a blob, and a bottle stands-in…

Bonus Round 1 – Steampunk Cowboy

The leads may be gone, but there’s even more behind-the-scenes photos that I haven’t had a chance to share! Take a look at the steampunk cowboy! Trevor Ivanich joins the cast as the Steampunk Cowboy, hunting werewolves with Philomena Dashwood.   Most of the costume was purchased or borrowed from the Antique Store, and includes…

Day 13 – Finishing up the Main Shoot

The last day of our main photo shoot with Brin and Jeremy ended with a trip to Turkey and some fun with our robot friends! Jeremy played the out of tune guitar for us. Brin posed in the A+, top notch poses. Tomorrow Jeremy goes home and Brin returns to work! We will be sad…

Day 12 – Zombies!

Today the monster hunters all banded together to defeat a horde of approaching zombies! We had seven models today! Scoob and Josie joined us as Zombie models! Caenaan, the man who has helped me build sets and fix all my little problems, joins us as the Monster Hunting Tour Guide, Sir Hammerhorn. Robot also came back…

Day 11 – Horse Goggles

Today we got to shoot with Sophie, a pretty, first-time-model, and horse! Her owner, Justine, allowed us to shoot on her lovely property and helped us prepare Sophie! I found horse goggles at the antique store a while back, and knew I needed to include a horse in this project! The goggles were marked “???”…

Day 10 – The Sailor and the Boat

The most heroic looking person I know, Bowen, joined our shoot today as a Steampunk Sailor, complete with tiny hat and tattoos that I drew on him early in the morning. But not only did Bowen join us, but we were helped out of a jam by a perfect stranger on this day! We were…

Day 9 – Haste to the Wedding

Today Brin dressed up in a Beautiful wedding dress by Alisa, while Jeremy wore a knightly outfit created by myself. Jeremy wears a Worbla thermoplastic breastplate and faux-leather pants. Brin wore a super long train which attaches to the bottom of her gown. We also shot in front of a greenscreen to add things to…

Day 8 – Wild Wild West

Our adventures took us to Nevada City, Montana, a wonderful museum with a very friendly and helpful staff. They allowed us to shoot in the famous ghost town which is actually a collection of some of the oldest abandoned buildings in Montana which were gathered together to preserve History! In our story our heroes meet…

Day 7 – Insanity

Last night we had no internet, so we couldn’t post an update, but you sure get it today! We went back to the steampunk asylum where Brin was accosted by the inmates, and Jeremy pretended to be sick. We arrived at my apartment to shoot in the creepy basement. Lizzie got everyone ready on the…

Day 6 – Tea Party in Tibet

The sixth day took us deep into the mountains of Tibet in the basement of Lizzie’s house, with much luggage on loan from the very helpful Missoula Children’s Theater prop shop. Jeremy was the focus of today’s pictures. But the models also had a fun tea party! Jeremy and Brin hung out casually in photos…

Day 5 – Where there’s smoke, there’s smoke machines.

Day five continues with more costumes and smoke machines! Take a look at these exciting images from today! Brin also chose her own zombie hunting outfit! She was equipped with a Mukow Flamethrower, fun for the whole family. We then went to the train to shoot. Below, observe Jeremy with the reflector board on the…