Various proposals have been made through the years for buildings and building expansions in America’s capital that came to naught — from a Lincoln Memorial in the shape of a pyramid to a palatial Executive Mansion on Meridian Hill. Continue reading “Unbuilt Washington DC”
Mute is a neon-noir futuristic detective story in which we follow mute bartender Leo on a desperate search through the gritty underbelly of an almost dystopian Berlin for his missing girlfriend Naadirah.
Throw in all kinds of criminal underworld types and random characters and you have the story. Continue reading “Mute”
For a change, a review of a dieselpunk-era classic: Psmith, Journalist, by the beloved English author P.G. Wodehouse.
Despite the fact that this novel was first published as a serial in The Captain Magazine in 1909, it remains a read well worth your time. This is definitely a timeless dieselpunk story. Everyone who loves gangster-era America should pick it up. Continue reading “Psmith, Journalist”
No artist has done more to define the dieselpunk aesthetic than Stefan Prohaczka. All the genre’s influences come together in his work: deco, film noir, midcentury pulp, retro-futurism, totalitarian propaganda. Nobody combines it like Stefan and still make it feel coherent and natural. Continue reading “The Art of Stefan Prohaczka”
Netflix has brought us another beautiful example of SteamGoth TV: The Frankenstein Chronicles, a British series which started in 2015 on ITV and was continued last year for a second season. Some areas already have season 2 available on Netflix as well, but we’re still waiting for that where I am. So I shall limit my review to season 1.
The show opens in London, on the River Thames, where we meet inspector John Marlott from the river police at his job. A grisly discovery on the riverbank brings an investigation into both the high society and underbelly of London to discover who is playing God, much like in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and to find a missing child in the process. Continue reading “The Frankenstein Chronicles, Season 1”
The Gatehouse first came online almost ten years ago, in 2008. A lot has changed in the steam- and dieselpunk scene since then. The former has arguably gone mainstream. The latter is now recognized as a genre and a subculture in its own right. We have seen blogs and webzines come and go. The Gatehouse itself underwent many changes (read our history here). Now it’s time for the next chapter.
With a new name and a new domain, we are upping our game. Continuing in the tradition of The Gatehouse, Never Was will be more of a magazine than a blog, with long-form stories about architecture, history and genre theory as well as the event, book and movie reviews you have come to expect of us. Continue reading “Never Was: A New Beginning for an Old Steampunk Site”
This website, then known as The Gatehouse, gained some notoriety in 2010, when we dedicated an issue of our webzine, the Gatehouse Gazette, to “Victorientalism”.
I subsequently defended this choice in a blog post that now strikes me as insensitive and in some places wrong.
My assumption — that it is safe to recreate stereotypes from colonial times because those stereotypes, and the power imbalances they preserved, have gone — was flawed. I have learned that such stereotypes and power imbalances are in some cases still with us and in others have a lingering effect. I should have listened to the people (of color) who tried to tell me that eight years ago. Continue reading “Changing My Mind About Victorientalism”
I’m going to flat out say it without beating around the bush: Comic Con Brussels was one of the best conventions I have ever attended. Possibly the best.
There’s quite a few reasons that contributed to this conclusion, so stick around to find out what made this event awesome. Continue reading “Comic Con Brussels”