Celebrating All Things Dieselpunk

Sunday, November 15, 2015


It's common for television shows to have an occasional show where the storyline is set during the Diesel Era. Supernatural, Castle and Pretty Little Liars have all made retro-programs set during the 1920s – 40s.

Recently the television series Bones had a retro-program episode tribute to Alfred Hitchock's classic To Catch A Thief, which was made at the end of the Diesel Era.

Sunday, November 1, 2015


An important source material for dieselpunk is the rise of organized crime in the US during the 1920s, which was largely due to an unforeseen consequence of Prohibition.

The official web site for the History channel has a great short video on the Italian mob practice called “Omerta”.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dieselpunk Halloween 2015

With Halloween nearly upon us, I thought I would pass along a few suggestions.

The Works of H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft’s proto-dieselpunk stories make for the perfect reading material for any time of the year but especially during Halloween. If you like to read your material online, you can read all of his stories free at dagonbytes.com.

You can also read his works at http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/

Although, if you prefer to read you material in hard copy then I recommend “The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre” along with other Lovecraft short stories published by Ballantine/ Del Rey. Michael Whelan wonderfully illustrates the cover of each book.

Necronomicon (Gothic Dreams) Hardcover – March 20, 2015

Necronomicon by Sammy Maine is a fantastic book that combines gothic art with the exploration of Lovecraft’s evil mythical tome, The Necronomicon. Maine follows the story of the book from Lovecraft’s creation, the belief among some Lovecraft fans in the reality of the Grimoire, and the various publications claiming to be the real thing.

Young Frankenstein
If you want to watch something fun this Halloween, I highly recommend Mel Brooks, “Young Frankenstein”. This fantastic spoof of the Frankenstein movies made by Universal Pictures made in the 1930s starred Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Peter Boyle, and (Madeline Kahn.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Return of Boss Larry and Big Blue Swing

I’m back! After a break, I’m ready to dive back into sharing my love of all things dieselpunk.
I wanted to turn everyone on to an interesting online streaming station that I’ve found: “Big Blue Swing.com”.

According to their web site, “Big Blue Swing.com is a non-profit Internet Radio Station featuring the best swing and blues music available. Our selections give you the feeling of being right back at that weekend exchange. Whether you’re doing Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues, or East Coast/West Coast Swing, we think you’ll find what you’re looking for here at Big Blue Swing.com.”
Admittedly, the station is a little odd. For reasons that aren’t quite clear, the station will at times randomly play a contemporary gospel song. Thankfully, they don’t overkill in this for these songs aren’t played back to back. Moreover, I find these gospel songs often to be a lot of fun. They tend to remind me of the fantastic church scene with James Brown from the movie Blues Brothers.

Therefore, if you don’t mind occasional gospel music with your big band, you might enjoy Big Blue Swing.com.

There are varieties of ways to listen to Big Blue Swing.com.

For PC:
You can listen to them at their web site: http://web.bigblueswing.com/

You can also listen to them at http://bigblueswing.radio.net/

For Mobile:
I would recommend http://tunein.com/

Friday, June 26, 2015

Important Message

Dear Reader,
Due to events in my life, I’m currently unable to maintain this blog at this time. I hope to go back to blogging soon.

Thank you,

Saturday, June 6, 2015

World War II Uniform Resource

It used to be that I could go into an Army/Navy Store and find loads of World War II surplus uniforms. However, as time goes by Army/Navy Stores has become more hunting and fishing supply.
If you want to find authentic looking World War II uniforms, American and German, I highly recommend At the Front Shop. (Note: I have not been paid for this post nor do I have any financial interest in this company.)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Ice War by Anders Blixt

Alternative history plays a major role in dieselpunk fiction. The Ice War, written by Anders Blixt, is a great example.

In the Introduction, we learn that speculative Southern continent of Terra Australis really exists in this alternate universe and is called Alba. It’s populated by an intelligent race of beings called the Ursines. The author describes them as resembling ‘bear-centaurs’ and of similar intelligence to humans. However, their technology is roughly 18th century and pre-industrial.

The protagonist of the story is Johnny Bornewald who is a spy for the rebels fighting the Habsburg Empire. His mission is to travel to Alba and gather intelligence about his enemies. What he finds could change the course of human history.

The Ice War is a fun adventure story set in a well thought out and realistic alternative dieselpunk universe. It’s full of international intrigue and action.
Written by one of the men who coined the term dieselpunk, Ice War is a fun read that you really should buy.

You can purchase it through Smashwords and Amazon.