I compiled The Steampunk Handbook at the end of 2018 to offer as a free reference e-book for newsletter subscribers. I got the new and improved print version ready in time to bring copies to the International Steampunk Symposium in March, but unfortunately that event was postponed and my big ol’ box of books is in storage. However, you don’t have to wait any longer to get your print copy of the book!
What is The Steampunk Handbook?
I compiled and updated my best articles from The Steampunk Journal and beyond to surprise, inform, and delight Steampunk and Gaslamp Fantasy fans old and new. Within these pages, you’ll find a stroll through the first 30 years of the Steampunk genre, background information about the technological and cultural underpinnings that inspire it, a guide to the twelve most common tropes in Steampunk media and costumes, recommendations for books, television, and movies, and so much more!
Here’s what a recent reviewer had to say about The Steampunk Handbook:
“The Steampunk Handbook” by Phoebe Darqueling, illustrated by P.R. Chase, is a fact-based historical resource for fans of steampunk. It delineates between the different kinds of “punk” in literature and other arts. Providing modern examples and contrasting them with classics makes the reader aware of just how steampunk is different from other aesthetics.
Each chapter is its own interesting lesson, and not need be read in order. This book is like a mini-encyclopedia with subjects relating to creating personal steampunk characters and worlds.
All in all, “The Steampunk Handbook” is a quick and easy read, with ideas sure to interest any steampunk fan.”