Dreampunk:

How About Some Examples?

Here are some books and series that fit the genre really well, even if they weren’t all written with “dreampunk” in mind. I’ve tried to select works that deal in some way with the internal/illusory/mystical world of dreams and are punk/transgressive/subversive in some way, or at least sympathetic to outsiders and underdogs.

The Alice stories The Dreaming Jewels Solaris The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch The Dream Master Ubik The Lathe of Heaven White Light The Dark Tower series Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Snow Crash The Sandman series The Vurt series The Newford series Fight Club Neverwhere Perdido Street Station The Circle series The Scott Pilgrim series A Monster Calls The Darkening of the Light Hoodoo Letters to the Black Underground Jerusalem Storm Dreams The Roam series The Strange the Dreamer series The Soul Sleep Cycle Urban Gothic

The Alice stories (1865–1872) by Lewis Carroll


The Dreaming Jewels (1950) by Theodore Sturgeon


Solaris (1961) by Stanisław Lem


The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965) by Philip K. Dick


The Dream Master (1966) by Roger Zelazny


Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick


The Lathe of Heaven (1971) by Ursula K. Le Guin


White Light (1980) by Rudy Rucker

Credit: Rudy Rucker

The Dark Tower series (1982–2004) by Stephen King


Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985) by Haruki Murakami


The Sandman series (1989–1996) by Neil Gaiman


Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson


The Vurt series (1993–1997) by Jeff Noon


The Newford series (1993–2004) by Charles de Lint


Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk


Neverwhere (1996) by Neil Gaiman


Perdido Street Station (2000) by China Miéville


The Circle series (2003–2009) by Ted Dekker


The Scott Pilgrim series (2004–2010) by Bryan Lee O'Malley


A Monster Calls (2011) by Patrick Ness


The Darkening of the Light (2012) by Tessa B. Dick


Hoodoo (2016) by Ronald L. Smith


Letters to the Black Underground (2016) by Yelena Calavera


Jerusalem (2016) by Alan Moore


Storm Dreams (2016) by Jeb Sherrill


The Roam series (2016–2017) by Dez Schwartz


The Strange the Dreamer series (2017–2018) by Laini Taylor


The Soul Sleep Cycle (2017–2019) by David Michael Williams

Credit: Mary Christopherson

Urban Gothic (2019) by Stephen Coghlan


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