Yep, so I'm way late in the game on this one, but it should give everyone an idea of where I come from. Many of us know that posting your own "Appendix N" was in vogue in the OSR some time back. What? You don't know what Appendix N is? Actually, if you don't know what Appendix N is, I'm curious as to why you read this blog. Anyhoo, if you are out of the loop on this one, "Appendix N" was a literal (Ha!) appendix in the 1E DMG, in which E. Gary Gygax posted most of the things that influenced him in the creation and early stages of D&D. It was placed in the DMG to help to educate players as to what it was the D&D was meant to emulate and represent. In later "OSR" times various bloggers have made their own influences known via the posting of their own individual "Appendix N's." Here it is for your enjoyment:
Inspirational and Educational Reading
Inspiration for all of the fantasy work I have done stems directly from the love my father showed when I was a tad, for he spent many hours telling me stories he made up as he went along, tales of cloaked old men who could grant wishes, of magic rings and enchanted swords, or wicked sorcerers and dauntless swordsmen. Then too, countless hundreds of comic books went down, and the long-gone EC ones certainly had their effect. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies were a big influence. In fact, all of us tend to get ample helpings of fantasy when we are very young, from fairy tales such as those written by the Brothers Grimm and Andrew Lang. This often leads to reading books of mythology, paging through bestiaries, and consultation of compilations of the myths of various lands and peoples. Upon such a base I built my interest in fantasy, being an avid reader of all science fiction and fantasy literature since 1950. The following authors were of particular inspiration to me. In some cases I cite specific works, in others, I simply recommend all their fantasy writing to you. From such sources, as well as just about any other imaginative writing or screenplay you will be able to pluck kernels from which grow the fruits of exciting campaigns. Good reading!
- Anderson, Poul. Three Hearts and Three Lions; The High Crusade; The Broken Sword
- Bellairs, John. The Face in the Frost
- Brackett, Leigh.
- Brown, Fredric.
- Burroughs, Edgar Rice, Pellucidar series; Mars series; Venus series
- Carter, Lin. "World's End" series
- de Camp, L. Sprague. Lest Darkness Fall; Fallible Fiend; et al.
- de Camp & Pratt. "Harold Shea" series; Carnelian Cube
- Derleth, August.
- Dunsany, Lord.
- Farmer, P. J. "The World of the Tiers" series; et al.
- Fox, Gardner. "Kothar" series; "Kyrik" series; et al.
- Howard, R. E. "Conan" series
- Lanier, Sterling. Hiero’s Journey
- Leiber, Fritz. "Fafhrd & Gray Mouser" series; et al.
- Lovecraft, H. P.
- Merritt, A. Creep, Shadow, Creep; Moon Pool; Dwellers in the Mirage; et al.
- Moorcock, Michael. Stormbringer; Stealer of Souls; "Hawkmoon" series (esp. the first three books)
- Norton, Andre.
- Offutt, Andrew J., editor. Swords Against Darkness III.
- Pratt, Fletcher. Blue Star; et al.
- St. Clair, Margaret. The Shadow People; Sign of the Labrys
- Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit; "Ring Trilogy"
- Vance, Jack. The Eyes of the Overworld; The Dying Earth; et al.
- Weinbaum, Stanley.
- Wellman, Manly Wade.
- Williamson, Jack.
- Zelazny, Roger. Jack of Shadows; "Amber" series; et al.
The most immediate influences upon AD&D were probably de Camp & Pratt, REH, Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, HPL, and A. Merritt; but all of the above authors, as well as many not listed, certainly helped to shape the form of the game. For this reason, and for the hours of reading enjoyment, I heartily recommend the works of these fine authors to you." - Gary Gygax
Well ladies and gents, there you have it, Appendix N in all of it's glory. It kind of has a divine glow, doesn't it? Anywaaay... without further ado, my own Appendix N. Note that I included and divide my Appendix N into varied media.
Robert E Howard: Conan, Kull and Solomon Kane stories
Edgar Rice Burroughs: primarily the Barsoom and Tarzan stories
H.P. Lovecraft: The Dream Cycle and the Cthulhu Mythos
Michael Moorcock: Elric saga
Jack Vance: The Dying Earth
Stephen King: especially The Dark Tower Saga and The Stand
Frank Herbert: Dune saga
Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd & Grey Mouser series
Robert Heinlen: Stranger in a Strange Land
J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales
Lloyd Alexander: The Prydain Chronicles
Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon
Roger Zelazny: The Chronicles of Amber
Mary Stewart: The Arthurian Saga
Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Clark Ashton Smith
Edgar Allen Poe
Gary Gygax: Gord the Rogue novels
Neil Gaiman: American Gods and Sandman
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Lord of the Rings
House of Flying Daggers
The Mouth of Madness
The Call of Cthulhu (HPLHS Edition)
Vampire Hunter D
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Dark Crystal
The Princess Bride
The Last Unicorn
The Flight of Dragons
Jim Henson's The Storyteller
Hercules the Legendary Journeys
The Legend of Prince Valiant
Record of Lodoss War
A Game of Thrones
There you have it. A small sampling of what influences my campaigns.