Appendix N

I rewrote this because originally it was a vast laundry list of novels that I had read that have had some influence on what inspires me when I run, read, write and play rpgs but I rewrote parts of it to both A) reflect my current inspirational material and get rid of all the smatterings and B) parse it down somewhat since time is limited and there is only so much you can read on this earth.

What follows is a fairly standard list of mostly essential works, the majority being derived from Appendix N, followed by some recent works that I found particularly memorable or inspiring even after a long time. Presented in no particular order.

The Prince of Nothing Series, the Aspect-Emperor Series – R.Scott Baker
Faffhrd & the Grey Mouser (ignore Knight and Knave of Swords collection) – Fritz Leiber
Tales of the Dying Earth, Lyonesse trilogy – Jack Vance 

The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Silmarillion – J.R.R Tolkien
Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn – R.E Howard
Dune series – F.Herbert
Zothique, Poseidonis, Xiccarph, Averoigne, Hyperborea – C.A. Smith
Berserk (manga) -Kentaro Miura
Chronicles of Amber, Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny
Blood Meridian – Cormac Mccarthy
Dwellers in the Mirage, The Moon Pool, The Ship of Ishtar, The Metal Monster, The Fox Women – A. Merrit
The Broken Sword – P.Anderson
H.P Lovecraft – various (The Mound, At the Mountains of Madness, Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Nightmares Out of Time, Dreams in the Witch House et. al.).
Hawkmoon, Corum, Elric (excluding Revenge of the Rose and the Dreamthief’s Daughter), Erëkose, “The Greater Conqueror” – Michael Moorcock
The Worm Ouroboros – E.R.R Eddison
Viriconium series – M. J. Harrison
Hyperion Cantos, Illium, Olympus – Dan Simmons
The Books of the New Sun – G.Wolfe
House on the Borderlands, The Night Land – William Hope Hodginson
Kane series – K.E.Wagner
The Gods of Pegana, Time & The Gods – Lord Dunstany
The Illiad – Homer
History of the Peloponesian War – Thucydides
The Germanica – Tacitus
VALIS, Eye in the Sky, The Penultimate Truth, Ubik – Philip K Dick
The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Stone Dance of the Chameleon Trilogy – Ricardo Pinto
God Killers – L.Sharp
Classic Mythology – Beowulf, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Mahabarata, The Mabignogion
Grey Maiden – A.D. Howden Smith
Faust – Goethe
Roadside Picnic – Boris Strugatsky
BLAME! – Tsumoto Nihei
Perdido Street Station – China Mevielle
A Voyage to Arcturus – David Lindsey
Storm (original run, comics) – Don Lawrence

For more lowbrow or derivative works that nevertheless manage to convey and sustain a great deal of atmosphere and flavor in their make-up, I would be remiss if I did not point people to Warhammer 40k and Warhammer Fantasy, Sapkowski’s Witcher Novels and the Darkest Dungeon video game.

Art – Wayne Barlowe, Don Lawrence, H.R. Giger, Gustave Dore, Hieronymous Bosch, Philipe Druillet