This February, return to the snowy lanes of Prague, circa 1970, where spies lurk in the shadows and magic runs beneath the streets...
The Cold War rages in the back rooms and dark alleys of 1970s Prague as spies and sorcerers cross murky lines to do battle for home and country. The fate of the East and the West hangs in the balance right along the Iron Curtain—and crackling beneath the surface of it all is a vein of magic, raw and waiting to be tapped.
Written by: Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, Michael Swanwick (Guest Author)
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Let's celebrate the end of our #ColdWitch research journey with a very special Bookburners crossover edition of Cold Witch History Lessons. Let's take a look into the Codex Gigas, also known as the Czechoslovakian Devil's Bible.
Strap on your helmets and let's spend this Sunday traveling through time into the world of "The Witch Who Came in from the Cold."
This cursed astronomical clock will tell you almost anything, except for the time of day.
In the 1960s, Nikita Khrushchev commissioned the construction of a giant underground bunker near the Czech town of Misov, located southwest of Prague and less than 40 miles from the German border. Some say that the site was such a guarded secret that it is not even known whether nuclear warheads were actually ever placed there, though many have surmised that the bunker was fully operational during the Cold War. So, what's left of the nuclear bunker? Take a look at these great photos!
As any real agent knows, inconspicuous accessories are some of the most important gear a spy can carry. Now, who can truly say they've never dreamed of owning a gun disguised as lipstick? James and Jane Bonds of the world, eat your heart out.
Spend a few years in this Anytown, USA-themed training school and you too could one day infiltrate the smallest American towns!
During the post-Stalin period, cultural institutions were given a new life and, fueled by increased cultural import, artistic experimentation grew dramatically throughout the country. This growth was particularly apparent in Czech film poster design, lasting even past the Prague Spring and up to the fall of the USSR. Take a look at some works by our favorite graphic designers of the era.
"There is more power in blue jeans and rock and roll than the entire Red Army” --Régis Debray
Want to learn the art of Cold War espionage? Need to guard some Very Important Secrets? Wow, do we have a video for you!
Microdot encryption, a spy favorite, refers the reduction of a text or an image to the size of a small disc, often the size and shape of a typographical dot, such as a period or the tittle of a lower-case j or i. This encryption technique was primarily used to prevent detection by unintended recipients, particularly when conveying sensitive or classified materials.
Assassination Umbrellas, Exploding Paint Sets…and Dead Drop Rats? More Strange Declassified Spy Gear from the Cold War
Of the many devices these spies used, some are certainly more *creative* than others. Take a look at some of the stranger spy gear we've come across in our #ColdWitch research journey