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So I'm a huge fan of World War 2 fiction, but I'm not so much into the "based on a true story" thing. What I love are wunderwaffe(Wonder Weapons) and Occult or fantasy creatures/artifacts from pulp fiction and comics and the like!

Does anyone know of any good ones that they care to share? Remember, it can be a prototype of the war or even(preferably) from a comic, book, movie, or game that is detailed enough to be mentionable. Death Rays, proto laser rifles, nazi jet packs, anything sci fi.

I also want to know of any titles related to Weird World War 2, because I want to find more of those. I only know of a few.

Any Atompunk related weapons are also allowed. I would like to know of more Cold War weapons like rocket pistols and "Davy Crockett" Nuclear launchers. Just make sure to let me and everyone else know it is either Diesel or Atom.

Any good things I hear about here, I'll also add to the Dieselpunk wiki.

I'll put in a few of my own from time to time, whenever something pops into my head. This is more of an inspirational thing than anything since I know a lot of writers here like to look into things to get their own ideas(including myself).

I'll give an update after a few weeks or so. Then anyone who didn't see this one will know what's going on. I always think of the new comers(including myself... again lol).

Thanks everyone!

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Check out the retrofuturistic aircraft galleries on the DragonFly website at www.DragonFly-Novels.com . I partnered with Jose 'Cutangus' Garcia to commission Britain's DragonFly and the Nazi Luftwaffe that appear in many of the sixty illustrations in the deluxe e-book edition. Links to Amazon on the site. There is a gallery here on Dieselpunks.org as well.

DragonFly blends science fiction with fantasy in a Dieslpunk story that re-imagines WW2. It has been nominated for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy 2014 by the Florida Writers Association.

More on DragonFly:

In 1942, an unlikely heroine changes the course of history.

On the eve of invasion by the Nazis, twenty-two year old RAF pilot Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Somerset is fighting another battle - winning respect within the stuffy, male-dominated British military. She’s feisty and brash and determined to overcome every obstacle to become Britain’s first female combat pilot.

When Ronnie is re-assigned to Enysfarne, a mysterious Royal Navy base off the coast of Cornwall, fate places her inside the cockpit of the most revolutionary aircraft ever invented. Brilliant engineer, Dr. Nigel Pennbridge has discovered quadra-hydrogen, an element that powers the DragonFly, a remarkable fighter-bomber that carries the hopes of Britain on its blue and silver wings.

Across the English Channel, Nazi Germany is busy planning its next conquest as Reichsführer Bernhardt Morax, Hitler's personal sorcerer and leader of the Third Reich’s Zauber (Magic) Korps prepares his Blutskriegers for the invasion... bio-mechanical warriors created by a depraved occult science whose dark secrets cross the boundaries of evil.

http://www.dragonfly-novels.com/nazi-aircraft
http://www.dragonfly-novels.com/the-dragonfly
http://www.dragonfly-novels.com/operation-blutskrieg
Companion to DragonFly.... Die Fabrik/The Factory Just published!

http://www.amazon.com/Die-Fabrik-Factory-DragonFly-Behind-ebook/dp/...

In the hearts of some men pumps a darkness as thick as oil. Evil bleeds from every pore. There are two fates worse than death in the Third Reich. And both of them exist inside Die Fabrik... where the smell of sulfur would make the Devil gag.

'Die Fabrik (The Factory)' is a work of short fiction in the series, 'DragonFly: Behind Enemy Lines'. These novellas and short story anthologies are companions to 'Missions of the DragonFly Squadron'. They explore different facets of the alternative history portrayed in the world of Charles A. Cornell's DragonFly novels.

Die Fabrik (The Factory) is a science fiction horror story in two parts. It begins with a briefing to Winston Churchill on the Blutskrieger Program by Peter Weston-Brown, a rising star within Britain's super-secret Aegis Bureau. The Bureau has received a series of documents smuggled out of 'Die Fabrik', the factory of the Third Reich's Diesel-Mechanical Institute, where Dr. Heidi Schwann works beside the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. The documents, written on vellum made from human skin by an inmate known only as 'Gustav', are an eye-witness account of the unspeakable horror inside the factory that produces the Blutskrieger, the Nazis' bio-mechanical warriors whose existence are beyond evil.

It is April, 1942. Several months previously, the head of Hitler's Zauber Korps, Reichsführer Bernhardt Morax, declared to Adolf Hitler that the Third Reich's Blutskrieger Program was operational and battle ready. Britain's spy network inside the Third Reich has sent urgent warnings to London. Dramatic revisions to Hitler's military plans were nearing completion. Propaganda posters were appearing on the streets of every German city. 'Blutskrieg' was coming. And Britain was the target.

Take a deep breath and enter 'The Factory'. Learn about 'der Prozess'. Picture yourself inside a place where there are two punishments worse than death and where the shadows are curtains behind which Satan hides… and then reflect on the historical precedent for such unimaginable fiction. Think of future advances in science, and ask yourself, could this come true one day if those evil enough to think of it, would try it?

Die Fabrik (The Factory) contains nine color illustrations including exclusive renderings of the Blutskrieger and dossiers on the major characters in the story

Be warned! This story is not suitable for readers with a sensitive disposition. But if you are a fan of horror, it doesn't get more horrifying than this!
I always saw it on amzon, but never thought much. Now that i know it involves more than planes, I just might check it out. Thanks charles!

If you can dig up a copy, 1990's The Further Adventures of The Joker has the short story "The Joker's War" by Robert Sheckley, where the Clown Prince of Crime bumps up against the Third Reich in Berlin.

Hey, Blackie-

Boy, does this go back in time (and no Mr. Peabody or Way back Machine to help), but I remember years ago, long before Hellboy, DC Comics had an anthology series called "Weird War Tales"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weird_War_Tales

Don't have one in my collection or I'd loan it to you, but you might find a copy at your local Comic book retailer... or I just might have to write a new one myself.

Thanks C William, I've heard of it when it was revived in 1997, but I never knew it was a revival until just now. I might find some on comixology or amazon for digial download. Thanks for the offer, though.

That's a little of what I'm looking for, stuff like zombies in the war, and demonic possessions and supernatural stuff.

I remember an episode of the night gallery called "the devil is not mocked" where a man who owned a chatau in france or somewhere had his place overrun by the nazis. Then he reviealed he was a vampire and killed them all off screen.

Nazi vamipres is a cool idea also. I never see much of that. And nazi werewolves, like "werewolf women of the S.S." from rob zombie. Haha

Blacky, you're a man after my own heart! Weird War Tales are the BEST spin on Diesel or Atompunk that there ever was/is/or ever will be in my book!

If you're flashin' back for inspiration to the old DC comic books don't overlook The War That Time Forgot . Dinosaurs munchin' tanks, planes, and submarines have always been a huge favorite of mine!

Star Spangled War Stories are a Must Have what with Unknown Soldier and Enemy Ace . 

For the Toaster Lovers there is G.I. Robot who first appeared in SSWS and again in WWT before he got his own series. 

And surely Not To Be Forgotten, The Haunted Tank from G.I. Combat .

With the return of Capt America ya certainly can't skip Marvel's Weird War contributions with Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos .

Little wonder that as a kid I had no real interest in Spandexed Superdudes with all of THAT action going on! LOL 

Why have I not heard of these things before?! Thanks, Dan. Marvel and DC are always hiding wonderful gems from their silver age. I just realized, I've been forgetting to put these in the wiki. I'll do it when I got some extra free time.

I am working on a Weird War 2 horror story that I'll try and submit to the upcoming Dieselpunk Anthology book, so wish me luck. If it gets rejected, I'll put it up on wattpad or something so everyone can enjoy it for free.

If you're looking for short stories you could try the pulp novel section at archive.org. I found some issues of Amazing Stories from early 1942-1945 that have some secret agents vs the nazis who are also spies from Mars, or something of that ilk, plus that have some really amazing cover artwork.

DC comics JSA: The Liberty Files
As World War II rages around the globe, a vicious albino smuggler intercepts a parcel whose contents could change the outcome of the war. Now the Allies' secret heroes Owl, Clock and Bat battle for the safety of the world.

They also have a second series JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull
In 1940s Europe, the Nazi war machine is on the move...but crimes are still committed in even the smallest hamlets. One heroic duo must solve the most bizarre mystery of all, but when dealing with Der Karneval, the current Whistling Skull and his partner Knuckles must learn to rely on the memories of the Whistling Skulls that came before and uncover a mystery all in the midst of the greatest war in world history!

Marvel comics did Spiderman Noir
The year is 1933, and New York City is run by corrupt politicians, crooked cops, and suave gangland bosses like the Goblin. But when a fateful spider-bite gives the young rabble-rouser Peter Parker the power to fight back, will even that be enough?

https://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Apulpmagazinearchi...
https://www.comixology.com/JSA-Liberty-Files-The-Whistling-Skull-20...
https://www.comixology.com/JSA-The-Liberty-Files-2000/comics-series...
https://www.comixology.com/Spider-Man-Noir-Vol-1/comics-series/1886

Wow... the only one of that I've read(so far at least) was the marvel noir including spiderman. I wonder why they never extended on that. I loved the noir villains in shattered dimentions. I would've loved to see a frankenstien-esque Electro or a german super soldier Rino. Would it be against the coyright laws if I did such a thing, but with different names. Like how batman took a lot of the shadow?

Wish you MORE than LUCK, Blacky! Can never have enough Weird War!

LOL I guess ya gotta be FROM the "Silver Age" these days to remember the non-spandex comic book classics. They just ain't made it to the big Block Buster Mega Movie level yet so as to impact upon the awareness of the general masses. Probably never will. Not enough "Glitz", I guess. <sigh> I reckon that's why I still love the old B-Movies as well. Unstoppable Alien Invaders, Giant Mutant Critters, Supernatural Horrors From Other Realms, Etc. versus the lowly might of the Earth's Military, or a bare handful of intrepid human soldiers . . . YEAH! That's for me! GO! GO! GODZILLA! LOL

Me, I have always just liked my Heroes to not have to depend on "Silver Bullet" gimmicks like Magic or Super Powers, but just good old Guts, Grit & Brains to get them out of whatever sort of mess they have found themselves in. The Weirder the Better! If they also happen to save the world in the process, . . . So much the better! :-)


Erwin "Blacky" Blackthorn said:

Why have I not heard of these things before?! Thanks, Dan. Marvel and DC are always hiding wonderful gems from their silver age. I just realized, I've been forgetting to put these in the wiki. I'll do it when I got some extra free time.

I am working on a Weird War 2 horror story that I'll try and submit to the upcoming Dieselpunk Anthology book, so wish me luck. If it gets rejected, I'll put it up on wattpad or something so everyone can enjoy it for free.

Thanks, I will try my best. I already have about 6 stories set up for Weird War, and 2 set up for Nazi space travel. Oh what the "H", I'll list and introduce them right now.

-Nazi explorers in Antarctica prepare a base and scout the area. Out of 20 only one scout comes back and he's not normal(like The Thing)

-The secret British occult have found a way to fight off the new Nazi jet fighters: Dragons.

-With Germany winning the war, America sets up a defense block of navel ships to protect New York City. The Germans have a new transporting system to infiltrate a few commandos and cripple the US: V2 rocket transports.

-An American in trapped in Occupied France where he meets a Femme Fatal who is part of the resistance. Turns out, France has been having supernatural help from Gypsy magic, but now its grown out of control and threatens the world as we know it.

-Japanese soldiers have occupied Vietnam, but something at night is taking them away while they sleep. Believed to be rebels, a squad goes in to investigate, only to find a blood temple and the dragon they worship. (kind of like Predator)

-German soldiers in Egypt find an unknown tomb hidden in the sands. Nothing is in hieroglyphics, but in Old Norse symbols. The tomb is cursed, and everyone is doomed. (like the mummy, but with Germans)

I loved movies like War of the Worlds and Them! from the 50s and 60s. I, too, never much preferred super-heroes over the more realistic fighters like Marv from Sin City or The Crow or The Punisher. I love the idea of super powers, but when it comes to Superman Vs Batman, I like Batman more because he is human, but a naturally made superhuman through skill, effort, and experience. But when it's something like X-men where everyone is on even grounds more or less, I love that stuff.

I did write a story(which I plan to self publish in the near future) where the heroes of the story are teens with super fighting abilities... and that's it. They do have suits that help protect them from dying too fast, but the rest is up to their own skill and determination. That's what I like. No mcguffins lol



Dan G. said:

Wish you MORE than LUCK, Blacky! Can never have enough Weird War!

LOL I guess ya gotta be FROM the "Silver Age" these days to remember the non-spandex comic book classics. They just ain't made it to the big Block Buster Mega Movie level yet so as to impact upon the awareness of the general masses. Probably never will. Not enough "Glitz", I guess. <sigh> I reckon that's why I still love the old B-Movies as well. Unstoppable Alien Invaders, Giant Mutant Critters, Supernatural Horrors From Other Realms, Etc. versus the lowly might of the Earth's Military, or a bare handful of intrepid human soldiers . . . YEAH! That's for me! GO! GO! GODZILLA! LOL

Me, I have always just liked my Heroes to not have to depend on "Silver Bullet" gimmicks like Magic or Super Powers, but just good old Guts, Grit & Brains to get them out of whatever sort of mess they have found themselves in. The Weirder the Better! If they also happen to save the world in the process, . . . So much the better! :-)


Erwin "Blacky" Blackthorn said:

Why have I not heard of these things before?! Thanks, Dan. Marvel and DC are always hiding wonderful gems from their silver age. I just realized, I've been forgetting to put these in the wiki. I'll do it when I got some extra free time.

I am working on a Weird War 2 horror story that I'll try and submit to the upcoming Dieselpunk Anthology book, so wish me luck. If it gets rejected, I'll put it up on wattpad or something so everyone can enjoy it for free.

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