Genres Wk. 31: Gaslamp Fantasy

Hello Travellers,

A genre brief this week 🙂

What is Gaslamp Fantasy?


Gaslamp fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy and historical fiction. It is very similar to steampunk, taking away the sci-fi element of steam powered engineering and inserting the fantasy element of magic.

It is generally set in the Victorian or Edwardian era, and the social themes that Steampunk utilise are the same themes Gaslamp utilises. Character-wise, Gaslamp offers primary points of view on the psychics and spiritualism, where steampunk showcases scientists and engineers; they both involve adventure.

To dig further, check out:

List of Gaslamp Fantasy Books – Goodreads

Bewitched, Bothered and Betrothed: An Intro to Gaslamp Fantasy – Anne Rouyer

Steampunk VS Gaslamp Fantasy – SB James

Genre Expos̩: Gaslamp Fantasy РAli Stegert


Travel On ~

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