Just a little update..

Hi, everyone!

Sorry that we haven’t been online much to give you news and such from the world of steampunk, but as usual we have been very busy in our ordinary lives. Varga have been busy with her LARP that is about to go off in just a few weeks. My has been away from the city and is now focusing on her upcoming studies, as am I. I’m turning from part-time French to full-time archival science, a big turn around but also a fun one.

The biggest news so far, though, is that August 20th  presented itself to be the birthday of one of the greatest authors ever (at least in my mind): Howard Phillips Lovecraft. This year it marked the 122 anniversary of his birth, and I, for one, celebrated that with reading some of my favourite novels of his 🙂

Next year I’ll bake a Cthulhu cake, I promise!

Xx, Arathin

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Steampunk Night in Stockholm

Attention all Steampunkers in Stockholm!

The Science fiction Bookstore (Science Fictionbokhandeln) will be holding a Steampunk Night in April! The date is currently not set in stone, but it will probably be on the 18th or 19th of April.

This is because of the release of the Swedish translation of the book series Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. Carriger will visit the bookstore and among book signing and interview, there will also be activities and discussions about steampunk. Eventually Carriger will also visit Gothenburgh and/or Malmö, but nothing is decided about that.

I haven’t read the book series yet, but I have been curious about it for quite some time now. As soon as I gain more time for free time reading I’ll probably attack it 🙂

In the meantime I think it’s great that they have decided to hold a theme night like this, and if enough people show up, I’m sure they will have it again ^^

I’ll come with more info on the Steampunk Night as soon as I know anything else, promise!

Xx, Arathin

The dark, melancholic storyteller

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was an american author and a poet.

As a two-year old Poe lost both his parents and was adopted by John Allan, a rich businessman in Richmond, and his wife. Poe adopted John Allan’s middle name, but kept his biological parents’ last name.

Poe stayed a couple of years at theRichmondAcademyand was send to the University of Virginia after that. After one year John Allan refused to give Poe more money – probably because of Poe’s gambling problem. When John Allan died in 1834 was Poe left without any heritage.

Poe’s debut came in 1827 with the poetry collection “Tamerlame”. In 1831 he published a greater collection called “Poems”. In the middle of 1830, Poe was known as an established novelist, critic of literature and a successful editor. At the same time he got married to his 13-year old cousin Virginia.  Their marriage didn’t last long.Virginia died of tuberculosis in 1847 – this and problems with alcohol affected Poe strongly, and his already weak health became worse.

Virginia’s death is, as a lot more in Poe’s life, a history surrounded by myths.

Poe mostly wrote about beauty and death with a melancholic tone, and is also filled with a musical rhythm – “The Philosophy of Composition” (1846) is all about this.

Besides of all Poe’s classic poems is his detective stories and horror stories the source of inspiration and germinal to the whole horror-world. Many of his works have been used as foundations to a lot of movies and cartoons.

 

/My

Steampunk Bible

Attention all steampunk afficionados in Sweden!

There is a new book out, in case you haven’t noticed, that is called The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer. I saw it today when me and my sweetheart dropped by Science Fictionbokhandeln (The Science Fiction Book Shop) in Old Town. A quick look later and I for one felt pretty inclined to take it home with me.
Being an old Goth I’ve dived into several books devoted to that particular subculture and in the meantime come to the conclusion that these types of books are very useful – especially if you are new to it.

This book deals with the history of steampunk, from old school literature to contemporary steampunk fashion and music. Alongside it are also some nice tips to get your steampunk thing going. The fact that it’s also packed with pretty illustrations and photographs gives it an additional gold star.

I know I want it in my book collection. If you want it too you can buy it HERE!

Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 16:42  Leave a Comment  
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Steamy Steamy Books

It’s time we take a brake from corsetry.

Don’t get me wrong, we love the pretty things and what they can do to one’s shape. But this is a steampunk blog, after all, and not one purely about corsets. For that, we’d have to start up a new one.

Instead, let us look into the world of books. More specifically, steampunk literature.
When you get right down to it, steampunk/-y books have a tendency to fit into other genres, not only steampunk. As a matter of fact, several are also considered to be some of the world’s greatest scinece fiction classics.

Take for example the novel that many would call the first steampunk novel, that one that really coined phraze: The Different Engine, by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. With a background in the cyberpunk genre, they both teamed together in 1990 and produced something that combined Victorian society with science, and that is now a part of the SF Masterworks family.

But steampunky literature has a longer history than only  21 years. Books on the theme has been published since the 1800’s with the help of authors such as H G Wells, H P Lovecraft, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you think that’s hard to believe, I suggest that you go and and buy one or several of their works. After a while I guarantee that you will be able to find the elements that we think of when we think “steampunk”.

If you want to start off softly and are more into fantasy than science fiction, you can always have a go at the trilogy His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman, beginning with The Golden Compass.

There’s a whole new world out there for us steampunk afficionados. Let’s go out and raid our book stores for the goodies!

Oh, and if you want lists of steampunk books you can always go HERE or HERE!

Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 09:10  Leave a Comment  
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