The Steampunk Cavaliers

The story of the Steampunk Cavaliers began at a little publishing house called Musa Publishing, a magical virtual world filled with writers who supported each other more than some families. In this magical place a group of writers came together to build a blog around a shared world steampunk series, The Darkside Codex.

All too soon Musa’s time came to an end and these writers were scattered to the wind. Yet they stayed friends, cheering on each other’s accomplishments and offering virtual hugs whenever somebody received a rejection.

Eventually the Steampunk Cavaliers grew tired of waiting for The Darkside Codex to find a new home and decided to start a steampunk blogging collective of their own, a place where they could share everything they loved about the genre. They also invited some talented writers from other parts of the steampunk world to join them, hoping to create a blog that balances all types of steampunk creativity.

Every Steampunk Cavalier has their own story and their own style but they share a common goal: to create an incredible steampunk resource and community for readers and writers alike.

Want to know more? Meet the Cavaliers:

Dianna Gunn is a freelance writer, social media specialist and book fanatic who enjoys both reading and writing fantastical adventures of all sorts. She was the Promotions Specialist behind The Darkside Codex and decided to bring her favorite steampunk authors back together to create this blog.

Despite the size of her existing To Be Read pile she is always on the hunt for awesome new books and movies to consume. She hopes to spotlight the work of not just steampunk authors but also scriptwriters, playwrights and artists who make steampunk such an amazing subculture. She blogs about books and creativity at and Tweets about all kinds of craziness @DiannaLGunn. Her first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is set to release sometime in 2017.

Writers and artists interested in being featured on The Steampunk Cavaliers can email Dianna at


Author Rebecca DiemRebecca Diem is a writer, music lover and nerd. She is the author of the indie steampunk series Tales of the Captain Duke, beginning with The Stowaway Debutante (2014), following the adventures of a defiant young aristocrat who saves a band of airship pirates from certain peril and talks her way into joining their crew. Her favourite feature of steampunk is its ability to disrupt and re-imagine both history and the future. She currently lives in Toronto, and is on a never-ending quest to find the perfect café and writing spot. You can find her at



Image created by Toni California

Chris Pavesic lives in the Midwestern United States and loves Kona coffee, steampunk, and writing speculative fiction. Between writing projects, Chris can most often be found reading, gaming, gardening, working on an endless list of DIY household projects, or hanging out with friends.  She also blogs intermittently at and tweets @chrispavesic. Her new novel, Starter Zone, will be released this September.




Amanda Groulx is an avid Fan of many genres whose favourite way of showing her passion is through cosplay. She loves to spend time working on new pieces with her friends, and is part of an award winning group of costumers. When she’s not participating in Fandoms, Amanda is employed in Broadcasting and enjoys cooking and writing.   You can find Amanda’s cosplay on Facebook at





imageDaniel Ausema’s work has spanned the drudgery of food mines and the heights of the rigging of airships. As an educator, he has tutored both the peers and paupers of the realm, in matters of language and physical exertion. His writings have appeared in many print and aether-based publications, including such august journals as Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fictiom, and the Journal of Unlikely Stories. And he is the creator of the steampunk-fantasy serial fiction project, Spire City. Daniel was also one of the bloggers on The Darkside Codex. Find him at or @ausema.



EJS_SketchEric James Spannerman has been a farmer’s son, a US Air Force officer, a technical writer, a computer support specialist and a business analyst, as well as being a writer of speculative fiction. He currently lives near Des Moines, Iowa with his wife. He is the author of the steampunk novella, Applied Natural Magic.  Eric is one of the Steampunk Cavaliers who met at Musa Publishing and participated in The Darkside Codex blog.




Erik Larson was born in Manhattan — the Kansas one — and raised mostly in Topeka Kansas. He went to college in San Antonio at Trinity University where he earned a degree in Physics. After the cancellation of the Superconducting Super Collider, he decided to seek his fortune with software engineering instead. He has worked as a software engineer at a variety of companies, carefully avoiding ones that have a big IPO that makes all the employees rich.

An interest in programming started back in middle school where he wasted time in computer lab writing video games on one of the school’s Apple IIe, learning a lot more than the class was teaching. He still has the Atari 400 he parents got him back then. With that kind of nerd potential he naturally gravitated to reading lots of science fiction and fantasy.

Eventually, he gained an interest in writing his own fantastical tales and has written three fantasy novels. Cog and the Steel Tower is the first one ready for public consumption.

Currently, he lives in the Kansas City metro with his wife, two kids, and three dogs. He normally goes by the name Erik Larson, but decided on W.E. Larson for a pen name since there is already a well-known author with his name.



 Special Thanks

Banner Image Credits — 

Our banner image was created by fallen steampunker Andrew Leon Hudson, using images of The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals (Public Domain Notice) and Gerard van Hornthorst’s Smiling Girl, a Courtesan, Holding an Obscene Image (Public Domain Notice). They appear in the Central Hall of the Natural History Museum, London (Creative Commons License).


Our Gentleman Cavalier’s clockwork monocle was built from parts conveniently discarded by Terri Monahan (Creative Commons License) and Alexandre Duret-Lutz (Creative Commons License), whereas our Lady Cavalier’s radium bomb comes courtesy of Joanna Bourne (Creative Commons License) and Joe Haupt ( Creative Commons License) (plus Zain Ad-din (Public Domain Notice) in the 15th Century).


All Public Domain Images are in the public domain of the United States due to being declared PD-1996.


Many thanks to them all for embracing the use of Creative Commons!


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