Obscure Tales: The Horned Demon and the Magic Sword (Part 2)

Fūlād-zereh was no fairy tale monster. Nor was he a forgotten myth though his origin and true nature had become lost in the labyrinth of ancient history. The great demon possessed immense physical strength and was massive in stature. Described as grotesque and obsidian black, from his high forehead jutted two dark horns that swept … Continue reading Obscure Tales: The Horned Demon and the Magic Sword (Part 2)

#Art of Fantasy 116: Simon Eckert

This week's fantasy artist comes from Germany. Simon Eckert is a freelance concept artist and illustrator and you'll note that we've entered the realm of light with this one because sometimes we have to. We can't spend too much time in the darkness and shadows. Every now and again we have to take a break. … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 116: Simon Eckert

Obscure Tales: The Horned Demon and the Magic Sword (Part 1)

This is an old tale and like many old tales, it has many versions, and so I chose the version that made the most sense to me while also relying on a bit of artistic license in the process. You see, in days long gone, scribes and monks and those burdened with recording history applied … Continue reading Obscure Tales: The Horned Demon and the Magic Sword (Part 1)

Writing Update: 03/04/2017

Yes, I know I'm severely late with the next installment of Obscure Tales. It appears I have thoroughly underestimated my workload and the time available to me for writing. I have also misjudged the amount of work and time required in retelling old legends and folklore. Apart from the research, which involves more than just … Continue reading Writing Update: 03/04/2017

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: The New Trailer

I read American Gods a couple of years ago. Then I read it again. I loved what Neil Gaiman did with our perception of gods and mythology. I loved it because I love mythology and folklore and because so much mystery still exists in this world and because our imaginations love to make sense of … Continue reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: The New Trailer

Obscure Tales: Lugh, High King of Ireland

"On northern islands of the earth there were tribes of the goddess Danu and there they comprehended knowledge, magic, knowledge of druids, charms and other secrets. In four cities they comprehended knowledge, secret knowledge, devil craft - Faliase and Goriase, Muriase and Findiase. From Falias they brought Lia Fal that was then in Tara. He … Continue reading Obscure Tales: Lugh, High King of Ireland

Obscure Tales: The Apkallu

Welcome to the first installment of my new weekly series, "Obscure Tales." Each week I'll delve deep into obscure folktales and mythologies from cultures across the spectrum. I'll explore stories that are not so mainstream and I'll show how they overlap and that somehow there is a golden thread that ties each one to the other. … Continue reading Obscure Tales: The Apkallu