Being the center of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is a magnet for creative talent — artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, prop makers and more — and this has made the region fertile ground for steampunk culture.
Indeed, the Los Angeles area is arguably the birthplace of steampunk as a literary genre. Pioneering steampunk authors K.W. Jeter, James Blaylock, and Tim Powers attended Cal State Fullerton in the 1970s, and Jeter would later coin the term "steampunk." Years earlier, Hollywood gave us "The Wild Wild West," the popular TV series often credited as a steampunk prototype. All of which is remarkable when you consider that the city was barely a blip on the map during most of the Victorian era.
Los Angeles is also home to many cultural attractions as well as offbeat retail establishments and eateries. These include a steampunk-inspired bowling alley in Hollywood and the Steampunk Coffeebar and Kitchen in the San Fernando Valley. In Burbank, you'll find Dark Delicacies, a bookstore that describes itself as "America's Home of Horror." And there's much, much more.
The listings below include locations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. Check out the "Steamiest Places" section for attractions likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.