Guest Blog: Steve Moore: Living Dead London

My latest guest in my guest blog series is none other than Steve Moore. Moore is a genuine Londoner and, well, a somewhat quirky individual – but I repeat myself. Like my previous guest, he is also a Denizen of the Steampunk Empire’s Scribblers Den and will be featured in our upcoming anthology (more on that later). He is also the author of Royal America and a member of Bellack Productions.

Steve was also kind enough to give Dead London a read, and promised to share his thoughts. I was eager to hear his opinions, because – in case the title wasn’t a dead giveaway – Dead London takes place in Steve’s hometown. And while I visited and researched London as much as I could afford to, that’s not the same as living there. I really needed to hear from a genuine Londoner, and I was lucky to have found a friend in Steve Moore, who also provided me with a list of sites to see in London.

Without further ado, I’ll step back and let Mr. Moore be your guide.

Living Dead London

Steve Moore

“Penny for your thoughts. Penny for your dreadful thoughts.” said Mr. Raffle raffishly, slowly sipping his green absinthe with a smile on his face.

He deserves to smile because as a Beta reader of Dead London, I can confirm and testify that this Book is a wonderful action packed read. It is not for the faint-hearted or squeamish and is truly brilliant. Bryce has a hit on his hands and the movie or TV series will be awesome (if a Brit uses this word it means something).

And so, as a Londoner I am thrilled that a lot of the locations Bryce has used, are so well known to me. I recently retired, but my first job in London was as a Solicitor’s Clerk delivering legal documents all over London and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the home of the legal profession was one of the places I started my working life 40 years ago. Later I worked in Soho Square and so another Dead London location is well known to me. In fact, in this post, I am going to do two things:

Promote Dead London

Andimage1 enjoy visiting the places the zombies – ahh, used the Zee word (Zed Word) – swarm. So dip in, as we now tour London and live the adventure. My Daughter Sian (pronounce Sharn) has helped me with photographs and together we set to:

Cover London in chalk

This idea came from our mutual friend and fellow Scribblers’ Den member, Kate Philbrick, better known to us as Mrs. Emeline Warren. The idea was to draw chalk body outlines, like in CSI Miami or CSI New York. What better way to generate curiosity and hits on the website! It is though the ideal way to promote Dead London and here’s a thing. What if we all do a body outline right now? And all include


Could we share the news of Dead London all over the world and take social networking and book promotion to the next level?

Yes, that crazy Brit is at it again.

The other brilliant idea was my own and a logical extension of living DEAD LONDON and that is the:

DEAD LONDON pub crawl…

image5When Bryce started doing some research for Dead London, I volunteered some Victorian locations that Bryce might like.

Funny old thing was he thoroughly recce’d (time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted) the pubs on the list.

There are some amazing Victorian pubs preserved in London and one of them, The Cittie of York in High Holborn, reminds me that I should have met with Bryce when he visited on recce last year. Bryce’s visit coincided with my return home from a family vacation in the Wild West of Wales. I could have made the rendezvous if I did not have a tyre (tire) blowout on the M4 motorway and need assistance to change the spare wheel (Thank you, Kia – Not). I was hours adrift, stressed and too pooped to travel up into central London that night. A lost opportunity to meet a fellow Denizen of Scribblers’ Den that I regret to this day. That is why I owe Bryce big time and why Sian and myself did what follows in the big zombie footsteps of Dead London.

There are no rules on covering the streets in chalk as far as I can tell. We shall have to see what happens!

We started in Old Soho…

We started in Old Soho and Soho Square in particular. We then headed for the Princess Louise in Holborn and thence in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Thence to the Cittie of Yorke.

We then found our way to the Old Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street and finally over Blackfriar’s bridge via the Blackfriar’s Pub to the Southbank and Borough market.

We then jumped on a Southbound train for Crystal Palace which is where we live.

I do hope you have enjoyed this craziness.

God Save the Queen and Rule Britannia !

Steve Moore

Remembering Datamancer

Recently, one of my friends sent me a link to this website. The website belongs (or belonged) to Richard “Doc” Nagy, otherwise known as datamancer, and features a number of beautiful, functional, steampunk keyboards and computer mods.


My friend knew of my interest in steampunk and probably figured I hadn’t seen the keyboards before. I had seen them before, about 10-12 years ago. In fact, datamancer’s keyboards were a part of what drew me in to steampunk in the first place. At the time, I’d never seen anything quite like them, and certainly nothing like datamancer’s laptop. After that, I began seeking out any and all things steampunk. I was hooked.

Visiting the site brought back memories. I was curious to see how and why the site was still active. After all, just a few years ago, Richard Nagy, the man behind, died in a car crash. With that in mind, seeing his wonderful work again was somewhat of an emotional experience. And his work truly was wonderful.


A few google searches led me to discover that Nagy had trained a number of individuals and they were working to keep the datamancer website(s) active.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Rabiah Al-Sibai. I was a very close friend of Richard’s and I worked very closely with him at Datamancer. In order to preserve his art and legacy I will be continuing his work and business.

The replies on this Facebook page were heartbreaking. People were partly grateful to those keeping the site active, thanking them for the love and respect they obviously have for Richard and his work, and partly sad, because how could the world take away someone like that? Someone who only ever inspired others, who took the time to share his passions and interests with others, who created some of the most iconic designs in the steampunk movement, and who helped inspire an entire generation of steampunks.

His work is too amazing to be lost. They are big shoes to fill, but if he trusted you, so do I. Thank you for honoring his legacy.

Very good to hear, glad you are carrying on. Richard would have loved that.

I didn’t know him personally, but I did reach out to him at one point to ask about his work. He was kind enough to send me a reply and answered my questions in detail. Not only was he immensely talented, he was also gracious, humble, and generous. I’m happy to know his work will live on.