Steampunk & Glamour Magic: A Retrospective & Reading by Deborah Castellano Steampunk is now rich with memes and has its place in pop culture, but what was it like before Steampunk was an established subculture? Where does Steampunk overlap with glamour magic and the occult? Deborah Castellano reflects on ten years of her experience with […]
The Nightshade Society is a Dark Victoriana track of programming that includes panels, workshops, and art events drawn to a theme intended for patrons interested in the darker elements of the Steampunk genre. We define “Dark Victoriana” as a surrealistic blend of Gothic horror, arcane mystery, and occultism in all mediums in seeking to fulfill what can be understood as your darker “flavor” of Steampunk.
Participants will be given a basic kit revolving around steampunk parts, gears, bones, a mink skull, and other decorative Victorian inspired flourish. The goal being everyone leaves having created a unique steampunk reliquary that can be worn as a broach, necklace, or magnet. With possibilities and add-ons a plenty! This workshop will involve the use […]
A classic Victorian event! A rich personage would ship a mummy from Egypt and then invite his friends to help unwrap it. You see, the Ancient Egyptians didn’t just wrap the mummy in plain cloth; Secreted away in the wrappings were perfumes, religious scriptures, trinkets, and jewelry—exotic prizes for guests to take home! As the […]
What’s wrong with Romantic Vampires? Surprisingly, less than you’d think! Join us as we discuss the evolution of vampires.
Steampunk and Fashionable Death: Victorian Mourning and Funerary Arts With D’arcy Austen FRS Did you know that the dark Victorian Gothic style we all know and love started because of a “birds and bees” talk in a rainstorm? Your mother-in-law just died. How long until you can wear purple to parties again? Is that creepy […]
“The Disorder of Death and the Rise of the Vampire” With Nicole Salomone The definition of death was a wibbley-wobbley sort of thing during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Come learn how the lack of the definitions of life and death created havoc in eighteenth century London, and gave way to vampire lore. Over the […]