Aragorn Never Had an Identity Crisis

Jeffro wrote an interesting article today about true heroism that I want to share with you, because I agree but mostly because he makes an important distinction that seems to get lost today. You rarely find a solid hero these days that is honour bound. The troubled hero with a factory of personal issues that … Continue reading Aragorn Never Had an Identity Crisis

Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010)

Frank Frazetta passed away today in 2010. He was a great artist whose body of work is admired by people all over the world. Frazetta's art made a big impact in my life and his covers enhanced my reading experience. In memory of his life and art, I am reblogging Art of Fantasy 16 which … Continue reading Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010)

Robert E. Howard: Post Oaks and Sand Roughs

Those who follow my blog know that Robert E. Howard is one of my favourite authors. I grew up with Conan's exploits and later Solomon Kane's adventures, and to me they set the gold standard for heroism. I am thus happy to anounce that the Robert E. Howard Foundation is publishing a 400-page volume of … Continue reading Robert E. Howard: Post Oaks and Sand Roughs

Hither Came Conan: Keith West on Beyond the Black River

My good friend Keith West wrote a guest post over at Black Gate as part of the "Hither Came Conan" series that runs every Monday. As usual, Keith's take is on point and illuminating and provides us with a little deeper insight into Robert E Howard's iconic creation. Keith usually blogs over at Adventures Fantastic … Continue reading Hither Came Conan: Keith West on Beyond the Black River

Writers, Help Save a Woman’s Life

I wish to introduce you to author A.M. Freeman. She has something important to say and ask of you.  For over a decade, Bonnie Oliver has gone from doctor to doctor seeking answers to her worsening physical and neurological symptoms. It has been a long and wearisome road, and her family has had to watch … Continue reading Writers, Help Save a Woman’s Life

Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge: The Gods of the North aka The Frost Giant’s Daughter

Last week I blogged about accepting the Pre-Tolkien Challenge. You can read that post here. Other blogs taking part in the challenge can be read here and here. And you can find the originating post that started this challenge here. In short, I have to identify three short stories published before Lord of the Rings. That … Continue reading Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge: The Gods of the North aka The Frost Giant’s Daughter

Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge

As I slowly get back into the habit of blogging regularly again I think this linked blog post is an excellent kick-off and a worthy challenge, which I, through this re-post, formally accept. In short: Pre-Tolkien Short Story Challenge Identify 3 Fantasy stories written before Lord of the Rings was published. 3 stories written before … Continue reading Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge