7 Steampunk Horror Novels You Should Be Reading
Something I don’t run into quite as often…are steampunk-themed horror novels. That’s why it’s pretty cool to find a gem. Well, we’ve done the work to find seven such gems. Check ’em out!
The Shadow Effect
For a mistake to be corrected, it must first be made.
Tenets such as this are the foundation upon which Quentin Gardiner has built his world. Logic. Reason. Cause and effect. Such basic principles are vital to one such as he, devoted to science. But as the head of the Archaeology department at Miskatonic University, Gardiner is one of the few aware of just how much lies beyond the commonlyaccepted boundaries of science. Magic is just one of those secret truths.
When a mysterious package arrives from Gardiner’s former mentor, he finds himself caught up in a globe-spanning quest, forced to peer into the shadows and discover the truth. But shadows conceal much, and some truths—some secrets—are quite ugly.
Something Strange and Deadly
Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved.
So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance.
This sounds extra creepy…and pretty cool!
Little Wade and Watchtower: Abigail and the Great Gang Trap
New York City. 1899.
Abigail Reid just wants to go to school and get an education.
A poor farm girl who only recently moved to New York from the country, she quickly learns that New York City can be a very dangerous place. The Longshadows, the ruthless gangsters that control her neighborhood, have her surrounded, but just when Abigail thinks she is all alone, she meets the legendary LITTLE WADE AND WATCHTOWER!
With their help, Abigail will discover that she is far braver and more capable than she ever imagined and that New York City can be a wonderful place. Together, they plan to set The Great Gang Trap and rid her neighborhood of the Longshadows once and for all!
Unfortunately, the Longshadows are not the only threat in New York.
This one looks cute, intriguing, and appears to have a hint of noir!
The Whimsy Witch Who Wasn’t
When they kidnapped me to Xest, they thought I was a nobody, another lowly whimsy witch to work in their wish factory. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Everybody has bad days, stories of horror and woe. Unless they have the wind calling their name and ghosts telling them they have bad debts, I don’t have time to listen. I’m too busy with the hot guy who yelled at me because of some stupid feather and strange people jumping through puddles and kidnapping me to Xest. If you don’t know where Xest is, join the club. They say it’s somewhere north of North, and east of East. It sure doesn’t look like any place I’ve ever seen.
So yeah, top that day and maybe I’ll hear you out. Right now though, I’ve got to go help the hot guy keep the darkness at bay over by the Unsettled Lands, while trying to not blow things up. It’s the only way I’ll ever get back to Salem.
This sounds pretty heady, ehh?
Nothing Returns: A Victorian Steampunk Horror
The element Nautrium is predicted to be the most sought after commodity of the 20th century.
It’s also Lewis Crosswick’s opportunity to move up in the world by using his experimental drilling engine to reach buried deposits of the element before his competition.
But as the stress of dealing with mechanical breakdowns and unsustainably long hours begins to wear him down, a series of eerie events make Crosswick wonder if he is cracking under the pressure, or if his superstitious minors are correct, and that by drilling into the ancient rock they risk unleashing dark, supernatural forces.
This one grabs you and makes you want to read it all in one sitting!
Harvey Duckman Presents… Volume 1: (A Collection of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk and Horror Short Stories)
This anthology features work by exciting new voices in speculative fiction, including both established authors and previously unpublished writers.
These short stories give a glimpse into some fantastic worlds that are already out there for you to enjoy, as well as a taste of more to come.
Volume 1 includes stories by: Kate Baucherel, D.W. Blair, A.L. Buxton, Joseph Carrabis, R. Bruce Connelly, Nate Connor, Marios Eracleous, Craig Hallam, C.G. Hatton, Mark Hayes, Peter James Martin, Reino Tarihmen, J.L. Walton, Graeme Wilkinson and Amy Wilson.
Looks like a great collection!
City of Fallen Souls: A LitRPG Adventure
Jax survived the Smugglers Path, as did most of his party, but he’s suffered losses, found out just how far he’s willing to go for Oracle, and seen his own darker side… as have his followers.
The City of Himnel crawls with depravity, violence and backstabbing, and if Jax wants to keep his people, supply his growing war-machine, and have any kind of a chance at survival, he needs to not only survive there, he needs to rob it blind!
Jax’s simple, honest and straightforward methods of dealing with people would usually equate to a snowman vs a flamethrower’s chance at survival, except he’s got some new tricks, some new allies, and gives even less of a damn than usual about the odds.
Join Jax, Oracle, and the squad as they explore Himnel, fight in the Arena and gather other waifs and strays not to mention making new, and far more powerful enemies than he ever dreamt he would encounter.
This rough-and-tumble novel looks like you’ll have to hold on tight!
Enjoy this cadre of steampunk books with varying splashes of horror stirred in!