Praise for Steampunk–and Other Anthos to Check Out

The Fix has a very positive review of our Steampunk anthology running today. As this review and others have noted, there’s a pleasing aspect to both Steampunk and The New Weird that you don’t find in most fiction anthos. In that we thought hard about how each anthology should “look” structurally and we then worked like the dickens to implement that structure without making it into a straitjacket. (The Windling/Datlow-edited The Coyote Road is another excellent example of providing necessary context and structure in an intelligent way.)

BUT, if you’ve already picked up Steampunk and The New Weird, here are two “mirroring” anthologies that might also please you: The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases (definitely in a pseudo-Victorian/Steampunk mode) and Leviathan 3: Some Were Made Wise By the Book, Some Insane.

The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases features contributions from Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Cory Doctorow, Kage Baker, Rikki Ducornet, and dozens of others, and has become a modern cult classic. A BookSense 76 selection, reviewed in over 120 publications, and a finalist for both the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award, the pocket guide continues to be bought all over the world by readers of fantasy as well as doctors and doctors-in-training. Designed by John Coulthart, the anthology is richly illustrated and in addition to the fake diseases section contains reminiscences of working with Dr. Lambshead and another section describing past editions of the guide.

Leviathan 3 (with Forrest Aguirre) features fiction from Michael Moorcock, James Sallis, Rikki Ducornet, Carol Emshwiller, Jeffrey Ford, Scott Thomas, Tamar Yellin, Zoran Zivkovic, Stepan Chapman, Michael Cisco, and dozens more, this World Fantasy Award-winning anthology from Prime Books epitomized the goals and achievements of the Leviathan series. Still available in trade paperback, it remains a landmark anthology for surreal, dark fiction, including several New Weirdish works. The organizing principle for the anthology is the library, using Zoran Zivkovic’s virtual, home, night, infernal, smallest, and noble library stories as preamble for each section. The stories in each section thus relate to and resonate with the chosen theme–the infernal section, for example, containing stories of a hellish nature.


  1. says

    As much as I liked the other three anthologies, I believe I liked Leviathan 3 the best because of all the authors it introduced me to when I read it about a year ago. It’s what convinced me to try Michael Cisco, let me know why many like Tamar Yellin’s stories so much, and so forth. I still need to buy 1 and 2 sometime, if I can find them for an affordable rate.

  2. JesseFord says

    I’m glad Steampunk and New Weird are getting so much praise. I have a history of disliking anthologies, but those two volumes and that Tin House Fantastic Woman issue you’ve been pimping are some of my favorite things on my bookshelf. That Leviathan 3 has been on my Amazon wishlist for a while. I should probably break down and buy it.

    Also, I just now realized it’s Dr. Lambshead, not Dr. Lampshade. I should probably buy that one too.

  3. says

    Good to know that’s still on track, just in case. Of course, I’m one of those guys who likes to own even the more “obscure” stuff, so I might track down the out of print stuff as well later on.