The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls
Cover of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls
|Genre||Autobiography, Psychological Thriller|
|Publisher||The Asylum Emporium |
|2009 (1st edition)|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|Pages||264 (2nd Edition)|
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls is an autobiographical/psychological thriller novel by Emilie Autumn. It was published in 2009 as a companion to her 2009–2010 North American, European, and Australian tour, the Asylum Tour. The fully illustrated book chronicles Autumn's experiences in a mental ward and a young girl (Emily with a "y") in Victorian England who is admitted into an insane asylum.
The book is, as of the first printing, in full color, featuring Emilie Autumn's sketches and paintings as well as photographs taken by Autumn herself and by various other photographers. The full audio version of the book, read by Autumn, went on sale in July 2016. On the 2008 EP "4o'clock" there are two tracks of Autumn reading sections of the book, accompanied by sound effects and music.
On August 1, 2010, a second edition of the book became available for pre-order. The next day, Autumn announced that all books that are to be shipped to North America will include a bookplate sticker hand signed by Emilie herself, and all books being shipped outside of North America will have a signed postcard with it. The second edition is available at her official store, The Asylum Emporium.
On March 13, 2014, the audio book edition for The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls became available for pre-order, originally set to ship in May, 2014. However, due to Emilie Autumn's discovery with a high-definition recording technology, she re-recorded the audio book and became available July 2016. It includes limited edition packaging and exclusive artwork, and is personally autographed by Emilie on pre-order. It is a multi-CD set and is narrated entirely by the author.
Chloe: Fellow inmate of Emilie who is sent to electric therapy at 4 o'clock in the morning. Emilie never saw her again.
Kara: Recovering drug addict.
Violet: Fellow inmate who has been the victim of abuse.
Dr. Sharpe: Doctor at the mental ward who shows an interest in Emilie.
J___: Unnamed friend from Emilie's notebook who throws out her "tools."
S___: Unnamed boyfriend from Emilie's notebook.
Emily: Heroine of The Asylum... in the Victorian era. She has red hair. Her nickname is "Valentine," for the heart-shaped scar on her cheek. She is called Emily with a "y" as a reference to Autumn's name being spelled with an "ie."
Dr. Stockill: The lead doctor at the Asylum, interested in creating toxic compounds and administering his concoctions to the inmates. Son of Madame Mournington.
Madame Mournington: Headmistress of the Asylum. Mother of Dr. Stockill. Supposedly mourning the death of her infant daughter from years before.
Count de Rothsberg: Buys Emily with the intent to use and abuse her, like he has done with previous girls before her. Is a patron of Dr. Stockill, and frequents the asylum.
Anne: A former pupil of the Unfortunate Girl's Music Conservatoire whom Count de Rothsberg deemed unworthy of serving him as an amusement, and is then demoted to the place of scullery maid.
Thomson: Photographer in the Asylum who takes photos of Emily for a special project.
Sir Edward: Lead rat who speaks to Emily and brings her paper to write on.
Basil: Rat who speaks to Emily and is an assistant to Sir Edward.
Christelle: Fellow inmate. She is French and spends her time spinning in circles, singing songs in her native language.
Joanna: Fellow inmate. She was once married and is a compulsive liar.
Jolie Rouge: Fellow inmate. Her hair is lush and black, and she also wears the hair of her deceased sister. She states she is a pirate and is always telling stories of her adventures. She wears a three-cornered paper pirate hat and has others call her "Captain."
Veronica: Highly nymphomanic inmate who is convinced that she is leaving the next day, every day.
Flea: Fellow inmate.
Sachiko: Friend of Emily at the Music Conservatoire.
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