Rider Haggard: The Mythopoeic Gift That Never Stopped Giving

A little while ago, I wrote a post about compiling a master list of must-read authors. You can read that post here. It also made me wonder whether I should not create a new blog series, not unlike Art of Fantasy, except this one would focus on authors of past renown, whose works are now … Continue reading Rider Haggard: The Mythopoeic Gift That Never Stopped Giving

An Interview with Haiku Fiction Author Donald Uitvlugt

With the Covid-19 virus keeping a stranglehold on households all over the world, many of us find ourselves in the position where we have to work from home. Some of us have had our income cut off. Some, temporarily until the lockdown lifts. Others, permanently. The author I’m introducing today lost his job because of … Continue reading An Interview with Haiku Fiction Author Donald Uitvlugt

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

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

Pulptastic: StoryHack Action and Adventure, Issue 1

Why do I like pulp stories? I'll tell you why. They are tales filled with plot, action, adventure, and happy endings. Well, mostly happy endings. You'll find stories about good guys and bad guys and where good ultimately triumphs over evil, as it should. There is another reason I love the stories of old. We … Continue reading Pulptastic: StoryHack Action and Adventure, Issue 1

Blogging and Writing and Polling

As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm at a crossroads again with my blog. I'm still happy with the exterior but the interior, the posts, I think, have reached a plateau in terms of excitement. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy posting "#Art of Fantasy" and I'm not planning to stop anytime soon. Staying with this … Continue reading Blogging and Writing and Polling