One of my favourite books when I’m thinking or talking about Fantasy. It’s a bit dated now, (it came out in ’99), and yes there is an online version, but for all that I love the hardcopy edition. If you’re interested in Fantasy, as a reader or a writer, then The Encylopedia of Fantasy is […]
How to create fantastic worlds that everyone can relate to. Today I’m writing about Worlds, I’m writing about Mythos. The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, Shogun, the Caller in the Dark, Titus Groan, Dune, Gaunt’s ghosts. They all have something in common, they all have deeply immersive worlds like nothing else you’ve ever experienced before. […]
Confessions The blue star turns in the hallway, slowly as you stand before the unmarked stone door, she begins to speak slowly as if to herself: “Theocrates has told me somewhat of the Aes Sidhe. I thought that Kharon was the greater enemy. When he escaped – aided by his Mistress Sthenno, one of the […]
Stories are a kind of mutation engine. There are evolving story memes and they change in the night, when you aren’t looking or when you tell your child a fairy story you were told when you were little. This morning I was telling my son about Theseus and the Minotaur. I’m sure I got half […]
Here is the background for Time of the Gorgons a new piece I’m working on for a storytelling game. It’s set in a mythical Greece, under the occupation of the Aes Sidhe Overlords. Here is the first adventurous soul to appear, I give you: Yanis the Sly.