Monthly Short Story Winner: Multiple Points of View
 

Monthly Short Story Winner

“The Braying Jack”

 
Why Are The Worlds of Fantasy Romances So Grim?
 

Why Are Fantasy Romances So Grim?

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Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #2: The Next Five
 

SPFBO: The Next Five

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off

 

Browsing all articles by Leo Elijah Cristea.

Tara Sim Interview

Tara Sim Interview 

Today we are lucky enough to have author Tara Sim here to talk about her upcoming novel Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press, Fall 2016). She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction

Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction 

We’re going to talk about faeries. For the purposes of both my sanity and authenticity, leave any and all notions of Disney’s Tinker Bell at the door. Tinker Bell is a pretty fiction dreamed up in order to invite little girls to dress in frilly gowns that glitter and sparkle in the sun. Faeries are […]

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Harry Potter Should Have Kissed Some Boys: An Argument For Queer Characters In Main Stream Fantasy

Harry Potter Should Have Kissed Some Boys: An Argument For Queer Characters In Main Stream Fantasy 

Harry Potter should have kissed some boys. Or Hermione should have kissed some girls. Even just some passing lip-action between any of the main cast would have been sufficient. Even just an obvious and mentioned crush would have been better than the great hunk of nothing we were dealt. Not fantastic for representation of a […]

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Languages In Fantasy

Languages In Fantasy 

Language in fantasy: is it an outdated, often academically-gratuitous addition that bogs down a story and its world, or a clever quirk of setting that adds a sprinkle of the exotic and aids reader immersion? It’s not just relevant in fantasy; science fiction has been known to offer fully-functioning languages to enhance a setting. Think […]

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Mythology in Urban Fantasy

Mythology in Urban Fantasy 

I’ve talked before about creating a mythology using fantasy, and I’ve delved a little into world mythology and folklore through various articles on dragons, demons, fae, and magic, but this time I want a different spin. Mythology is all about the past: legend, folklore and tales that were somehow brought into being by our ancestors […]

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Danielle L. Jensen Interview

Danielle L. Jensen Interview 

Today we are lucky enough to have Danielle L. Jensen, author of The Malediction Trilogy with us to answer some questions about the series, which will be wrapping up in May with the final book, Warrior Witch. So who is Danielle L. Jensen—and what is she all about? What’s she likely to be found doing […]

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Sara Raasch Interview

Sara Raasch Interview 

Sara Raasch is the author of the New York Times Bestselling Snow Like Ashes trilogy. Whilst eagerly awaiting the third and final instalment of the trilogy, why not check out our interview with Sara—and if you’re yet to discover the epic fantasy adventures of Meira and Mather, be sure to check out the first two […]

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Evelyn Skye Interview

Evelyn Skye Interview 

Evelyn Skye’s hotly-anticipated debut, The Crown’s Game, is due out in the spring. Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs […]

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Susan Dennard Interview

Susan Dennard Interview 

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world before settling down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the forthcoming Witchlands series. Today she was kind enough to stop […]

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In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres

In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres 

Fantasy is a genre that assimilates elements of other genres, whilst still remaining, for the most part, a genre not often thought of as having a great number of “crossovers” and hybrids. Strictly speaking, this is changing with the natural evolution of the genre. SFF as a whole is growing more diverse and this results […]

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Sídhe in Fantasy: From Gaelic Origins, To The Modern Market

Sídhe in Fantasy: From Gaelic Origins, To The Modern Market 

Recently on Fantasy-Faction, Janie wrote an excellent article on some of the origins behind faeries in mythology. This piece will both go a little further back, and a little farther forward: I’m going to talk about fae in a less conventional sense in regards to modern SFF, as well as exploring their origins in Gaelic […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Three: Balance

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Three: Balance 

Last time we focused entirely on characters drawn from the YA SFF spectrum, visiting authors from Cassandra Clare to Maggie Steifvater and Meagan Spooner/Amie Kaufman. Whilst we’re still not done examining gender and stereotypes in YA, we’re going to swing the spotlight onto more regular fantasy in this instalment. Note that I veer away from […]

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