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A Crudrat update, finally! I have signed the CDs (the last kickstarter backer reward) and they are off for distribution soon. Crudrat MP3 $25. Carriger Short Story Quartet MP3 $15.

Gail Carriger Listmania

Amazon released a list of Best Books of the Year So Far, and Prudence was one of their picks.

Announcing the Final Cover Art for Manners & Mutiny! (Book will release Nov. 3, 2015, now avaiable for pre-order.)

Gail has added her last events for 2015 (Spokane, San Francisco, Saratoga Springs, Boston, Charleston - SC)

Gail's read along for August is My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (free ebook on Amazon).


Gail Carriger currently has three different book series, all set in her steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past.

The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

Soulless Changeless Blameles Heartless Timeless

This popular five books series chronicles the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including a large Scottish werewolf, a battle-parasol, gossip, and treacle tart tenancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul.

The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny


In this whimsical young adult series, Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed.

The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence

Prudence Imprudence

The British Empire is deflating, only Rue and her marauding team of outrageous miscreants in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, are left charging about trying to fix things, loudly and mainly with tea.

Gail´s Short Stories

Audio Books

Obligatory Bio

Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Miss Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.


Miss Carriger's books are published in eighteen different languages. All twelve of them were New York Times bestsellers via seven different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children's Series, and #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the American Library Association (for Soulless) and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. Her most recent release is Prudence first in the new Custard Protocol series.

The Parasol Protectorate series begins with Soulless and has been turned into a graphic novel and optioned for TV. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young woman who discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more than expected. In the Custard Protocol series, beginning with Prudence, Rue and her crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea. Gail also has a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crudrat.

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Vampires & Werewolves: Around the World in 8 Absurdities

This post is based on a guest blog I did for varkat on the Sillier Side of Vampires.

Vampires & Werewolves: Around the World in 8 Absurdities

Gentle Reader, since I write comedy and alternate history, I spend a good deal of time investigating historical quirks. One of my favorite things to do is take vampires and werewolves and make them responsible for the most unexplainable facts and ridiculous minutiae of the ancient world.

Why? Because werewolves and vampires are intrinsically absurd.

For example: Have you ever worn fangs? Well I have, and there's quite the adjustment period resulting in a tender lower lip and a pronounced lisp. Thus, newly minted vampires are obviously going to lisp. Those with longer fangs may even drool a bit. You see? Comedy gold.

And werewolves? My warped little mind always jumps to other types of were-creature. How about a were-sheep, a were-dachshund, or a were-platypus? A were-goat? Bahahaha! Skulks about under the full moon, viciously breaking into a girl's closet to eat all her shoes. I don't know about you, but I'm trembling in my... oh wait.

What I ended up doing for my paranormal meets steampunk universe was divide up world history into different camps. For some cultures this is easier than others. The Vikings, with all that hair and Fenrir and everything, were definitely werewolf oriented. The Romans, being decadent, incestuous, and obsessed with luxury goods, certainly trafficked with the vampires. I'm inclined to think the ancient Greeks were altogether anti-supernatural because of their obsession with human perfection and generally xenophobic attitude. The ancient Egyptians had animal headed gods, so I come right back to werewolves. Catholic Inquisition? Now we can all guess what that was really about.

And then I sally forth into the unexplainable: how did tiny Britain manage to conquer an empire? Because they were the first culture to integrate vampires (as political advisers) and werewolves (as military agents) fully into their society. This, coincidentally, also explains King Henry VIII's break with the Catholic Church (the marriage thing was just a cover up) and the British Regimental system (which makes absolutely no sense until you realize it's based on werewolf pack dynamics).

But what about that minutiae you mentioned, Ms. Carriger? Well, Gentle Reader, here are some quick thoughts.

1. Russian folk dancing = squarely at the werewolf door.
2. Bet I can guess who started the whole "quenching a sword in blood" rumor.
3. Retsina, metaxa and ouzo = cruel tricks played on the Greeks by the vampires.
4. Absurdly high cravats; well, they hide neck bites, now don't they?
5. Ever wonder why Italian food has so much garlic in it? Anti-vampire protection. And that led me to basil being anti-werewolf.
6. That phrase "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" takes on a whole new meaning if there are werewolves running around.
7. And what about the term "Dark Ages?"
8. I shall leave you with one final thought: Scottish haggis and blood pudding.

Forget the Free Masons, in my world it's the Unshackled Silver Smiths and Detached Carpenters that supernaturals have to watch out for.

{Gail's monthly read along for August is My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
 Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874 – 1939)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Social Octopus Shatters Beliefs About Ocean Dwellers

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
12 Lost American Slangisms from the 1800’s


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
A of JAF Ink says: “In Etiquette & Espionage, Carriger manages to give us a compelling plot set in a steampunk England, engaging and interesting characters, all while introducing us to a new school system that is both unique yet somehow familiar.”

Quote of the Day:
“I advise those who want to become writers to study veterinary medicine, which is easier. You don't want to be a writer unless you have no choice - and if you have no choice, good luck to you.”
~ Robin McKinley

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