The Strange Case of Finley Jayne

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne isn’t a normal girl in Kady Cross’ steampunk London. There’s a darkness lurking inside of her that allows her to do things a normal teenage girl shouldn’t. And it’s not doing her any favors. Or is it?

In this first part (prequel) of the Steampunk Chronicles’ The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, we get to know our heroine a little better. She is hired by a wealthy lady to protect her daughter, Phoebe, a young debutante set to marry an aristocrat, from possible dread. When Finley befriends her charge, all bets are off if somebody tries to harm the girl and her newfound powers tend to come in more than a little handy. Continue reading “The Strange Case of Finley Jayne”

John Carter

John Carter
John Carter

First of all, allow me to admit I have not yet read the original book A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs on which this movie is based. What I do know from reading on the subject and talking to people who read it is that Disney has — as is to be expected with these things — taken some liberties with the story.

Visually, this movie is fantastic. The costumes, effects and characters are beautifully done. The airships, well, I could rave on for quite a while on how fabulous these Davincian flyers look. This entire movie is aesthetically pleasing and has quite a few steampunk elements to it. Continue reading “John Carter”

Skull Candy Aviator Headphones

Skull Candy Aviator headphones
Skull Candy Aviator headphones

In a well-set tradition of finding steampunk things around high street stores, I’ve stumbled upon this thing of aesthetic beauty. I can imagine that dieselpunks and steampunks alike would be well-pleased that a company like Skull Candy jumped on the steampunk bandwagon and produced some headphones that are visually pleasing. And it’s oh so comfortable on your head and ears to boot (I tried it in store, I mean honestly, how could I ever resist?).

That’s the upside. The downside is that the aviator is rather pricy. It retails on the website for $149.95 and I saw it in the Antwerp Saturn for €150. Continue reading “Skull Candy Aviator Headphones”

Gala Nocturna

For those who are not familiar with Gala Nocturna, it is a Gothic gala organized in Belgium by Daila Laika that attracts guests from literally all over the globe. I believe it actually has more foreign visitors than Belgians present. It is held yearly, in a fantastic location that adds to the atmosphere and is known for its fantastically outfitted guests, themes, on site photo shoots, acts (which have ranged from fashion shows by Viona and Vecona to dance recitals, dance and musical performances) and absinthe bar. It’s one of the few Belgian events, that actively welcomes the steampunk aesthetic, so you can always see a couple present. Continue reading “Gala Nocturna”

The Future as Imagined by the Past

Flying machine
Flying machine

The genre of steampunk is often inspired by the nineteenth century, the Victorians, and futurism. It’s about alternate futures or futuristic ideas of times past. But how did the Victorians view the future?

The nineteenth century was a time of many rapid changes. In a fairly short span of time many scientific breakthroughs were made, many new objects and machines invented. Things moved at a fast and exhilarating pace. It could be compared to the current developments around the internet and computers: things are changed and invented at such a speed that it’s hard to keep track sometimes, and you can reminisce with your friends about times when no one had a mobile phone. Just like that, Victorians reminisced about times without diesel power, electric motors or bicycles. Continue reading “The Future as Imagined by the Past”

Three Cheers for International Steampunk

It has been a while since I contributed to this blog, a shame, really. I have been occupied elsewhere and there is this annoying thing called the day job.

What has occupied most of my leisure time is the planning of the European Steampunk Convention. Which brings me to today’s topic. When I started planning I had thought we would get steampunks from the usual places. You know, the countries who have been part of the European Community longer than all the others. France, Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, you get the idea.

What I did not expect was the feedback from Croatia, Russia, Belarus, Scandinavia, Slovenia. What I expected even less was people from Mexico and Argentina showing an interest in this.

I have since looked into how the scene manifests from Terra de Fuego to Trondheim and from Mexico City to Moscow.

The only thing I can say: The next person who tries to nail down what the steampunk scene is all about will be forced to wear a hollowed out, six-day-old watermelon over the head for a day.

The more you look around, the more you see there is a lot of difference from country to country, region to region, sometimes even city to city. Continue reading “Three Cheers for International Steampunk”

Tales of the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD

Tales of the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD
Tales of the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD

Those that have been reading the Gatehouse Gazette and this blog are no doubt aware of Hugh Ashton’s works, such as Beneath Grey Skies and Red Wheels Turning. I am glad to report that aside from producing excellent alternative-history works and contemporary thrillers (At the Sharpe End), Ashton has now written a truly fantastic Sherlock Holmes book.

This work contains three new tales, stories written up by Dr Watson, the chronicler of Mr Holmes. Continue reading “Tales of the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD”

Steampunk girl

Do They Like Us?

There has been enough lament now about steampunk going mainstream. I am still not sure whether or not steampunk has actually gone mainstream or will ever really get there, but one thing is clear: steampunk is no longer underground.

I guess all the people who are now lamenting pop videos with steampunk content also had a hand in bringing it out from cellars and parties in unknown clubs. Continue reading “Do They Like Us?”

Holmes, Watson Battle Moriarty in Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Guy Ritchie is at it again with his spectacular reimagination of the great detective. Robert Downey returns as the most outrageous version of Sherlock Holmes we’ve ever seen and Jude Law is impeccable as the loyal Dr Watson, who is again thrust into an adventure quite against his will.

There’ll be no spoilers in this review — that is to say, there’ll be no information that will spoil the movie experience but some tidbits of information about the plot, so if you’re puritanical about it, don’t read further! Continue reading “Holmes, Watson Battle Moriarty in Game of Shadows”