What is Steampunk? – Guest Post by, Jaq D Hawkins…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

A lot of readers have found it confusing to negotiate their way through book lists under the heading of Steampunk. They find Mysteries, Young Adult, Romance and an inordinate number of stories with vampires, zombies and werewolves for a genre that isn’t Horror. They come across Adventure stories, many of them in the YA camp, airships and mechanoids. So what is it that actually defines a story as Steampunk?

Well, the simple answer is alternative forms of energy, i.e. steam and clockwork technology instead of fossil fuels. Steampunk tends to be set in either Victorian England or the Wild West. Usually there is an airship involved somewhere, steam powered of course.

The complication comes in when you realise that these elements can apply in any genre, even Horror, as Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters demonstrates. So how did a novel with gruesome mutilations get into the same category as…

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