My intention was to capture a go-to list of authors that I can read, from various subgenres of fantasy and science fiction, and mostly from eras when a good story was considered more important than ham-fisted activist drivel masquerading as plot.
Flu got a tight hold on me this year and kicked me solidly under my bum. I am on steroids and antibiotics right now because of secondary infection and so I'm constantly irritable. Suffice to say, I have been in a miserable state, both physically and mentally, for the last two weeks. At least until … Continue reading A Robert E. Howard Monday
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
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
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
I've never played any of the Witcher games, not that I can remember if I'm honest. My introduction to the Witcher was through the original stories that started it all. I first read The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski a couple of years ago and liked it; the concept and the lore and worldbuilding--which is uniquely … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 134: Bartłomiej Gaweł
Magdalena Radziej is a concept artist based in Warsaw in Poland and currently works at Flying Wild Hog game studio. She specializes in conceptualizing environments and possess a lively interest in matte painting and has recently contributed to the game Shadow Warrior 2. Below is a small collection of her beautiful work. Enjoy! If you want to … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 131: Magdalena Radziej