The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan
 

The Shadow Saint

Review

 
Brian Lee Durfee Interview – Prison Comic-Con
 

Brian Lee Durfee Interview

Utah Prison Comic-Con

 
Never Die by Rob J. Hayes – SPFBO #5 Finals Review
 

Never Die

SPFBO #5 Finals Review

 

Browsing all articles by Faith M. Boughan.

Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: Orthrus, the Two-Headed Little Brother

Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: Orthrus, the Two-Headed Little Brother 

It’s got to be tough, being a younger sibling of famous monsters. Your brother and other siblings get all the attention, the best jobs, and all the limelight in the big myths. To make it that much worse, they also get far more dramatic—and tragic—death scenes. Is there no justice for little brothers? Today’s exploration […]

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Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: The Vrykolakas

Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: The Vrykolakas 

In exploring a number of lesser-known creatures from Greco-Roman mythology, we’ve seen how some of the modern monsters we’ve come to know and love originated in ancient myth and folklore. Sometimes the ancient and modern has been so far removed that it’s difficult to draw parallels from a surface glance (Ichthyocentaur, anyone?), while others are […]

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Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: The Hippalektryon

Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: The Hippalektryon 

For the fourth instalment of this series about lesser-known creatures and beasts of Classical mythology, we’re going to take a little bit of a lighter spin on things. While this series is certainly intended to provide a bit of insight into monsters that you may not be familiar with—and which hold parallel to many of […]

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Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: The Ichthyocentaur

Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: The Ichthyocentaur 

Welcome to the third instalment in this series about little-known monsters (and other assorted creatures) from Classical mythology! This series is intended to shine a bit of light on some fantastical beings you may never have heard of before—or may only know a little about—and which bear parallels to some of the popular beasts of […]

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Fantastical Creatures of Greek Mythology: The Lamia

Fantastical Creatures of Greek Mythology: The Lamia 

In this series, I plan to explore some lesser-known creatures and monsters of classical mythology, many of which are reminiscent of modern-day monsters and beasts in fantasy literature. While many of these creatures of ancient Greek and Roman myth tend to get passed over for the more immediately recognizable villains—ie. the dragon, the vampire, the […]

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Talyn: A Novel of Korre by Holly Lisle

Talyn: A Novel of Korre by Holly Lisle
4.5

Talyn is a novel about aftermath. It’s a story of two nations who have been at war for three hundred years, forced into an unwanted peace by a third party. It’s about prisoners of war left behind when the fighting ends. It’s about struggling to the surface and learning how to breathe again when someone […]

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Reality Made Fantastic: Using the Real World in Fantasy Fiction

Reality Made Fantastic: Using the Real World in Fantasy Fiction 

More than once, I’ve heard a reader of fantasy remark that the reason they love fantasy so much, and that they continue to read/watch/engage with fantasy literature and film is that fantasy is not the real world. For that brief period while they’re able to sit down with a book and read, or turn on […]

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World Fantasy Convention 2012

World Fantasy Convention 2012 

Last weekend, I had the honor of attending the 38th World Fantasy Convention, held in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) from November 1st-4th. It was a weekend of learning, laughs, and fangirl moments, culminating in a renewed appreciation for the fantasy genre…and plenty of thinking to do about the state of fantasy and where it’s headed in […]

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Shadow Castle by Marian Cockrell

Shadow Castle by Marian Cockrell
5

Shadow Castle may be one of the best books of classic children’s fantasy that you’ve never heard of, but here’s a tip: If your mother reads fantasy, and has loved it since she was a child? Ask her about it. Go on, ask her if she’s heard of it. I’ll wait… Yes? No? I’m placing […]

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Sinbad: Worth the Price of Admission?

Sinbad: Worth the Price of Admission? 

…which, if you’re watching on cable, is probably anywhere between $60-$200 per month. But who’s counting? If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of the new show, Sinbad is a new BBC action/adventure/fantasy series based around the character of Sinbad the Sailor, a character originating from Middle Eastern stories originally set during […]

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Black Blade Blues by J. A. Pitts

Black Blade Blues by J. A. Pitts
3.5

I first picked up Black Blade Blues because the premise sounded intriguing—a female blacksmith who makes sword props, who suddenly finds out that dwarves, trolls, and dragons are real? And that there’s a plot to take over humanity that, of course, only she can stop? Sign me up! And no, I’m not being facetious. That’s […]

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Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 2

Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 2 

If you missed part one of this series, you can check it out here. So… poisoned anyone lately? Based on the comments on Part One, it seems that subtle murder is a well-endorsed method of killing for writers who read Fantasy-Faction. Uh, in the sense that their characters do the killing. Fictionally. *ahem* Now, I […]

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