Suggested Reading: Edgar Allen Poe, The Cask of Amontillado

With the coming ghouls and ghosties, that new chill in the air, pumpkin flavored everything, and nature dressed all in her best colors, I thought that this month I’d give you a truly creepy tale from the grand master of horror himself.  But when I looked at the sheer number of amazing stories on offer, I was overwhelmed.  How do you pick ONE great story out of so many?  Then, I remembered my very favorite story by our lovely Poe.

“For the love of God, Montresor…!!”  Ah!  Wonderful.  It’s got costumes, dark catacombs, and murderous intent.  Perfect for Halloween!  Sure, it might not be the scariest Poe story, but I think it’s one of the very best.  If you’ve never read it, you must read it this instant!  If you have read it before, wallow in the nostalgic awesome with me.

This was actually the first Poe story that I ever read myself, when I was about 12 or 13.  If I’m perfectly honest, reading these masterful, dreadful, brilliant words had a huge influence on me.  Young little me, my eyes alight with true wonder, vowed that day to write something even half as good, even if it took the rest of my life.  And I’m still striving for that same goal today.  Enjoy!

by Edgar Allan Poe

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An Extra Suggested Reading: A Pinch of Snuff

Greetings, delicious friends!  Remember that awesome browser game I told you about?  Check out Fallen London now, if you missed it.  Well, if you do remember, and fell as much in love with the game as I did, here’s a lovely little treat for you!

Failbetter is not only working on their new, non-browser PC game, The Sunless Sea, but on comics now as well.  Here’s a tantalizing little taste of the gruesome  and glorious work.

A Pinch of Snuff is a wonderful first taste of a comic series that is only just beginning.   It is dim, dank, and delectable.   The art by Paul Arendt is a perfect example of the sublime and shadowy beauty of Fallen London, while the story by Chris Gardiner is funny and sinister in all the right ways.

To be plainly honest with you, I want them to make more of this comic because I think it could be awesome.  So, please go read it, giggle, comment, and share!  If you have a gently dark sense of humor, or just like a bit of intrigue and bizarre, this little comic is sure to give you a chuckle.


Are you an author who loves Steampunk as much as I do?   Or, are you just a big big fan of a Steampunk/Neo-Victorian author?  Would you like to see  your favorite book, comic, or your own work featured on this blog?  Please leave a comment on this post with a short pitch and a link!   I’ll happily feature anything that I think will fit the style of my blog.  And even if I don’t feature it, please please leave your info in a comment anyway!  Who doesn’t love new books?