This week, I’d like to share the steampunk design and artistry that defines the Creedverse. I can’t wait to tell you about the inspiration behind the unique look of my series, The Adventures of Bodacious Creed, which comes from my ongoing world-building journey.y.

Understanding Steampunk

At its core, steampunk is more than just a genre—it’s an evocative blend of history and vivid imagination. Steampunk is all about steam technology and typically takes place in Victorian England or the Wild West. Engineers are like wizards, creating cool things that are grounded in reality, but still feel magical and strange.

Steampunk Aesthetics in the Creedverse


But this is about steampunk aesthetics in the Creedverse! So, I designed the Creedverse with the steampunk retro-technology as a key component. It’s a deeply interconnected world where the essence of steampunk is tied to its narrative and characters. From the upscale, sexy atmosphere of the House of Amber Doves to the intricate machinery dotting the landscape, each element is integral to the story.

Crafting the Design Elements


In the Creedverse, the gears and gadgets aren’t just an aesthetic choice. They make up functional machinery. The bodies of automatons are made of steel and hickory for durability. Machines created by Anna Boyd use thick glass, steel, wood, and leather straps..

While writing is my craft, I enjoy creating art as well. Alas, I’m not a terrific graphic artist. I’ve found Midjourney a great help in actualizing the look of my world. I’ve been using it to illustrate my entire series bible on World Anvil, in fact, and you can check out the publicly-available articles there.

Seeing the Creedverse’s visual language embraced and celebrated by so many has been profoundly moving.

Creating the Creedverse continued to be a challenge and a joy. Using steampunk style, I created a world that blends the past with imagination. I’m grateful for the shared journey, and I anticipate the many adventures and discoveries we have ahead. Join me, and let’s keep exploring the wonders of the Creedverse together!

“I’m not going to tell you how to start a bug-powered vehicle, I’m just going to put you inside one with somebody who knows how, and send you off on a ride.” ~ Kameron Hurley



In crafting the Creedverse, one of my core goals was to provide readers with a fresh, imaginative take on a time-honored horror figure: the zombie. By blending Victorian aesthetics with the intrigue of steam technology, a new type of undead emerged: the steampunk zombie. Let’s peel back the layers and explore the thought process and science-inspired foundation behind these unique beings.

The Genesis of Reanimation


We’re all familiar with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which brought the notion of reanimating the dead to generations of science fiction readers. In the Creedverse, I wanted to pay homage to this foundational work, but also to introduce a new paradigm. This led to a shift from Shelley’s galvanism to a more intricate interplay of metallurgy, steam mechanics, and neural circuitry, to create steampunk zombies.

Introducing Celestium Alloy


At the heart of the reanimation process is celestium alloy, a fictional metal I created for the Creedverse with properties that make the impossible seem plausible. While the intricate workings remain part of the Creedverse’s mysteries, the vision was of an alloy capable of bridging the gap between life and death, perhaps by reigniting long-silent neural connections. (Note that there are various formulations of this alloy, and here we’re talking about the type capable of healing dead tissue.)

Shades of Consciousness


An intriguing challenge was addressing the spectrum of outcomes post-reanimation. While some entities retain their essence, others spiral into a maddened state. This duality serves as a narrative tool, highlighting the unpredictable nature of such experimental endeavors and the inherent risks of tampering with life’s natural order.

Ethical Dilemmas of Resurrection


Through the Creedverse narrative, I’ve sought to raise questions about the moral implications of reviving the dead. Where do the risen dead fit in to society? If there’s too great a chance patients will return psychotic, is it worth it to attempt to resurrect them? How will people treat these steampunk zombies? Though some answers remain elusive, the intent was to prompt reflection on the bounds of scientific exploration.

The Ripple Effects on Society


With the undead reintegrated, societal dynamics inevitably evolve. So far, the only resurrected character to reintegrate into society, the only successful human resurrection, is James “Bodacious” Creed himself. If there will be others, they won’t just be fascinating scientific experiments; they’ll also represent the quandaries posed by rapid tech advancements. Right now, Creed serves as a lens, allowing us to examine the challenges of a world undergoing profound transformation.

In developing the zombies of the Creedverse, my intention was not just to entertain, but to foster contemplation about the intersections of life, death, and science. While rooted in fiction, the dilemmas and wonders presented invite readers to and question the very fabric of existence.

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“It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.”
 ~ Clive James


Father and Son Summer 2023 Adventures


Summer’s winding down, and if I could describe it in one word? “Epic!” From show-stopping musicals to diving into the wild, wild west, my son Clark and I took this summer by storm. Let me share with you a wrap-up of our summer 2023 adventures.

A Day with Beetlejuice


Thanks to a fantastic gift from my mom (she’s the real MVP), Clark and I hit the Pantages in Los Angeles to catch Beetlejuice: The Musical. Dark humor, horror, and toe-tapping tunes? Yes, please! The fun didn’t stop there; we made it to the Funko Pop store, a place that’s more of a museum than a shop. Dragons, Time Lords, and Star Wars Aliens!

San Diego Comic Con: Into the Weird West


Guess who got to be part of the “Welcome to the Weird West” panel at the famed San Diego Comic Con? This weird west author, that’s who! Clark and I spent two amazing days shopping, signing, and scoring some outstanding books, dice, and tees. We had an absolutely fantastic time.

Adventures in Santa Cruz


SSanta Cruz isn’t just the backdrop for my novel, Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western, it’s home. A weekend with friends, Dungeons & Dragons, and beachy vibes? Pure bliss. The traffic on both 101 and I-5 was terrible, but to see everyone and have so much fun, it was worth the added driving.

School, Novels, and World Building


With summer wrapped and school back in session, I’m diving headfirst into my latest novel, “Anna, Daughter of Creed.” Plus, keeping the Creedverse straight with World Anvil (highly recommended for authors and game masters).

Final Thoughts


From the Tardis to tee shirts, the Boardwalk to DnD, Clark and I made the most out of Summer 2023. Now, with a heart full of memories and a playlist full of Beetlejuice, we’re gearing up for the next adventure.

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” ~ Earl Wilson