Steampunk often baffles me, not because I don’t like it, I love it, but because people pooh-pooh it without even trying it. I know folks that say they hate it, yet in the next breath extoll the virtues of Dr. Who or The Time Machine or The League of Extraordinary Gentleman or Jules Verne all of which comprise Steampunk at some point or another. The head and the tail of it is this, if you like Victorian, dark literature and I would include the likes of Sherlock Holmes in this, and you also enjoy Fantasy, then Steampunk is a very definite blend of the two. As the years have gone on this has been expanded to include the Dracula type books and other Victorian horror genres. If anything, this has made Steampunk one of the most cult genres in all of literature.
So, in a different way to normal, I am merely going to show the titles and covers of said recommendations and hope they spark your interest, get the old cogs turning, (see what I did there? Cogs, clockwork, steam…oh well!)
As always, I own all these books and would recommend them without hesitation.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Alan Moore
Morlock Night / K. W. Jeter
Anna Dracula / Kim Newman
The Osiris Ritual / George Mann
Phoenix Rising / Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack / Mark Hodder
The Japanese Devil Fish Girl / Robert Rankin
The Feaster From The Stars / Alan. K. Baker
The Kingdom Beyond The Waves / Stephen Hunt
Clockwork Angel / Cassandra Clare
I hope you enjoyed this look at Steampunk. Please try one or more and see what you think.
Thank you for reading
Richard M. Ankers, author of The Eternals Trilogy
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