Gorgonmilk's Appendix N

Here are the authors and books that have most heavily influenced my approach to D&D and tabletop role-gaming in general. This is the indispensable stuff that I return to over and over again for inspiration.

  • Robert Lynn Asprin et al. Thieves' World; Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn.
  • Jorge Luis Borges. Ficciones; Labyrinths; Dreamtigers; The Book of Sand; The Book of Imaginary Beings.
  • L. Sprague de Camp. The Pusadian cycle; The Goblin Tower
  • Lord Dunsany. At the Edge of the World; Beyond the Fields We Know.
  • Gary Gygax. Gord the Rogue series.
  • William Hope Hodgson. The Boats of the Glen Carrig; Out of the Storm.
  • Robert E. Howard. The Conan saga. To a lesser extent Kull and Solomon Kane.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin. The Earthsea books and attached short stories.
  • Fritz Leiber. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser cycle.
  • Stanislaw Lem. Almost everything.
  • H. P. Lovecraft. Almost everything. Especially the Dreamlands stories.
  • Michael Moorcock. The Elric saga.
  • Alan Moore. The Swamp Thing reboot.
  • Clark Ashton Smith. The Zothique, Hyperborea and Xiccarph stories.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien. The Middle-Earth books; Farmer Giles of Ham
  • Jack Vance. Almost everything. Especially The Dying Earth cycle and The Languages of Pao.
  • Gene Wolfe. The Book of the New Sun; The Fifth Head of Cerberus.