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And both movements are strongly influenced by the Victorians, something I've always known but have picked up on more since I started this blog. It's hard to point it out in music due to my unfamiliarity with the gothic music scene, but gothic literature, with its gloomy, dark aspect, is not too different from steampunk. Wouldn't one call The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello steampunk in nature with a gothic storyline? And wouldn't Dr. Frankenstein's monster be as equally terrifying (if perhaps less human) made out of mechanical parts?
However, fashion probably has the greatest crossover between the two genres. While shopping online via Google, eBay, or Etsy, look for modern Victorian pieces- often corsets, jewelery, and suits are listed as both gothic and steampunk attire, such as this neck cuff:
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Read Jake von Slatt's article here. He makes clear, concise comparisons between the two genres in a more intellectual way than I have here. He's pretty bloody brilliant that way.