“It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth’s dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be let alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests.” – H.P. Lovecraft, The Mountains of Madness
I’ve said before that if you want to write a genre well, read the authors who inspired it. (Spolier alert for those attending my Realm Makers workshop on steampunk!)
Of course, one’s advice is only good if one takes it.
Finally I’ve gotten around to doing just that, by reading H.P. Lovecraft’s collected tales, novellas, short stories, and collaborations. All of them. The whole shebang. To say that Lovecraft has influenced the steampunk genre is about as much of an understatement as saying that Cthulhu is an oversized octopod.
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