Brown River Queen cover art

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pre-MidSouthCon Cosplay Pics!

MidSouthCon 33 is now less than a week away!

As this year's Toastmaster, I'm hoping to perform my duties in style. Specifically, a style right out of 1869.

The pic below is most but not all of my cosplay outfit. Missing is the gold monocle, the obligatory mechanical pocket watch with gold chain, and my steampunk ghostbuster's proton pack. But there's enough here to give you a good idea.

All the clothes were obtained from the Gentleman's Emporium. And I have to say, these are some awesome, well-made duds.

I'm wearing the Red River rust vest, a black puff tie, an Edwardian club shirt, and black Victorian trousers, complete with suspenders (braces). My hair, which is under the John Bull top hat, is slicked down with Brylcream. The shoes were stolen from the corpse of -- well, enough about that.

I can't say enough good things about the folks at the Emporium. They have an equally impressive line of period-authentic clothes for the ladies, too! Click here to browse the pics.

The ghostbuster's pack is done. Picks of it and the thrower are below. I'm really happy with it, and when everything is lit it's pretty darned nice.

Another view.

Markhat in the News

The Five Faces, the latest Markhat adventure, was reviewed a little while ago by Big Al's Books and Pals.

The reviewer gave the book five out of five stars. Now, The Five Faces has been nominated as a potential Reader's Choice Award selection!

What determines the winner of the Reader's Choice Award?

Not what, but who, and the who is you. 

Readers vote for nominees, and the book with the most votes wins. Can you tell where this is heading?

That's right! A plea and a link. Please vote, if you liked the book. I'd really appreciate it. So would Markhat and Darla. Who can resist Darla's big brown eyes?

Voting is quick and easy. All you have to do is click the link below. Go to the bottom of the page, find the contest box, sign in, and you're set. The Five Faces is in the Fantasy category. 


That's it for now. Next weekend expect live updates from MidSouthCon 33! If you're going to be there, look me up -- I won't be hard to spot. 

You can also check out my Con schedule my going to the Con website, selecting Programming, then Schedule, and then entering my name in the search box. I'm on several panels, so stop by!


  1. Love the whole outfit, Frank! You look dashing. *swoon*

    The ghostbuster's pack is out-of-this-world awesome!

    Also, congratulations on your nomination for The Five Faces in BigAl's Books and Pals 2015 Reader's Choice Awards! Good luck! :D

    1. Thanks, Wazithinkin! I'm excited about the nomination. Markhat and Darla say hello!

  2. Dashing IS the word! Looking forward to a full report, with more pics! Nicely done, sir!

  3. Thanks, Terry! I look better in clothes from a century or two ago. I may start wearing them full-time, just for the heck of it.

  4. I think even Darla would approve! You look great, Frank.

  5. You look amazing frank. I love the costume!