Steampunk and Goth go together like Scotch & soda….if Scotch & soda was composed entirely of Scotch trying to figure out which part was supposed to be the soda. Steampunk and Goth go together like gin and tonic…if it was two kinds of gin with so much Mischief you just simply assumed there was tonic inside. Steampunk and Goth go together better than chocolate and peanut butter, since at this point, chocolate and peanut butter are essentially part of a candy marketing campaign, whereas Steampunk and Goth are the weird relatives generally left out of family reunions who just go off somewhere to a Chuck-E-Cheese and have a much better time than all the people stuck at home with an overcooked turkey.
I just got back from Dark Side Of The Con and I can tell you that if Goth is dead, it’s the kind of dead I want to be when I grow up. It’s a dancing, singing, running around, marvelous Madness of unfathomable unlife. Oh, I have seen such wonders this weekend, and I cannot wait to see them again!
This is the sort of thing that makes me want to run events. I have loved Goth ever since I was an itsy bitsy being of 13 and someone took me to arguably the best goth Cafe in the world, Archetypus, and I discovered the music of the Pixies, and Bauhaus, and gigantic ice cream sundaes named after creatures from the Monster Manual. It was a pretty magical time.
Now I run events for geeks and I wrote events for Steampunks and I run events for fairies, but I had no idea what would happen when I worked with VampireFreaks to create something for Goths and all those who love dark alternative worlds. And I can tell you what happened: we danced. We danced throughout the hotel. We danced pretty much all night, and I think the only reason we didn’t literally dance all night is because I am certain at least some of us would have turned to dust if sunlight struck us.
That was one of the best weekends of my life. Time goes very quickly for me, as I am planning and creating events pretty much all the time. But I can tell you this: it will be a long wait for the next Dark Side Of The Con, next March.. But it will be totally, totally worth it.
Jeff Mach runs Just Magical Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks). He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.