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

Armistice: A Surprise

I'm happy to announce that Armistice is pretty much here. Well, almost here. I thought it would happen this weekend but Monday is D-Day. Then it'll be available on Amazon for $3.99. This morning the book went out to Kōsa Press subscribers. As a way of showing my appreciation to you, my readers, might I … Continue reading Armistice: A Surprise

Who was Sir Julius Vogel?

A couple of months ago I mentioned that my three stories in These Broken Worlds received a nomination for a Sir Julius Vogel Award. For those who don't know, The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are held each year at the New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention to celebrate and recognize achievement in New Zealand science fiction, fantasy, horror, and science fiction fandom. Alas, I never … Continue reading Who was Sir Julius Vogel?

A New Tower of Books

This is my new Tower of Books for the next month or so. I'm getting slow and soft. I had a similar heap previously for two months and only read two books. This time I'm doing much better. I have already finished Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell and loved it. Think The Three Musketeers during the … Continue reading A New Tower of Books