I've discussed historical-set speculative fiction in the past, specifically the popularity of steampunk and the weird West. Today I'd like to introduce you to steampunk's fey cousin, gaslamp fantasy. If you like fantasy and you enjoy period novels, gaslamp fantasy will be right up your cobblestoned alley. Think of it as urban fantasy with a 19th-century twist.
The term "gaslamp fantasy" covers fantasy fiction set in the Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, though some will stretch the definition as far as the early years of the 20th century, up the first World War. While steampunk found its origins in the likes of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and the innovative marvels of the Industrial Age, gaslamp fantasy's wonders generally stem from more uncanny sources.