Taking a Dark Turn
 

Taking a Dark Turn

Guest Post by Sean Cummings

 
Writing In Someone Else’s World
 

Writing In Someone Else's World

Guest Blog by Richard A. Knaak

 
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
 

Vicious

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Taking a Dark Turn

Taking a Dark Turn 

Regular readers of Fantasy-Faction will remember that following the closure of Strange Chemistry – an event that saw many writers thrust into the unfortunate position where they were unexpectedly out of contract – we offered our site to those authors who were going to pursue the self publishing route. Because the closure of Strange Chemistry was so sudden, a […]

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Writing In Someone Else’s World

Writing In Someone Else’s World 

I began my career writing in someone else’s world, but I gained that opportunity by utilizing my own work. TSR (then the publisher of Dragonlance) was not publishing independent novels, but the editor with whom I met agreed to read my manuscript nonetheless. Upon doing so, he was impressed enough to ask me to submit […]

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‘The Dinosaur Lords’ Cover Reveal has us excited!

‘The Dinosaur Lords’ Cover Reveal has us excited! 

So, I wanted to make a shout out to a book I’m pretty excited about. Now, how many times does the world have to tell you ‘do not judge a book by its cover’ before they give up already, huh? Cause this one – like so, so many others – I’m judging and that judgement […]

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Fantasy Book Club – October 2014: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Fantasy Book Club – October 2014: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury 

For October, I asked our members to find a great Halloween read. We voted to read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I’m really looking forward to spending my October reading and discussing this one. Hope you can join us! A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the […]

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Fantasy-Faction’s Short Story Podcast on its way!

Fantasy-Faction’s Short Story Podcast on its way! 

If you are interested in joining our Podcasting team we would love to hear from you. You can e-mail me on Marc@Fantasy-Faction.com I’ve been floating the idea of bringing back the Fantasy-Faction Podcast for a while now. The thing is, I’ve not been too sure about how to do it. Part of me thought perhaps […]

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Fantasy Worldbuilding – Build a Guild

Fantasy Worldbuilding – Build a Guild 

In worldbuilding, there are many pieces that are outlined and developed before being incorporated into the big picture. Maps are drawn, nations are sectioned out, and the culture and overall way of life is designed. A lot of consideration is given to religion, government, technological advancement, and militaries. But economies are usually glossed over in […]

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The Villain With A Thousand Faces – Part One: Cardboard Cut-Outs

The Villain With A Thousand Faces – Part One: Cardboard Cut-Outs 

About The Author: Her Holiness the Dragon Queen Zafir, Speaker of the Nine Realms, has played both pro- and antagonist roles in her career as a fictional character. She is either the aloof fist of authority to be respected and feared, a liberator of the oppressed and enslaved, or a dragon-riding genocidal psychotic tyrant bitch-queen […]

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There and Back Again: A Novice Con-Goer’s Tale

There and Back Again: A Novice Con-Goer’s Tale 

Prologue No, I don’t live in a hole in the ground, but I do live in Devon, which bears a remarkable resemblance to the green and sheltered Shire. But even before Gandalf came calling, I’d heard tell of a land beyond the, erm, Salisbury Plains, a land containing vast treasures of tote bags and books, […]

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An Exiguous Exploration of Exposition in Expansive Epics

An Exiguous Exploration of Exposition in Expansive Epics 

Thousand-page fantasy novels… a ten-volume series… appendices of historical detail… characters who feel the need to blow hot wind across the pages of every third chapter… what do these have in common? Exposition. Ah, exposition. Glorious, infuriating exposition. Whether you love it or hate it, read it or write it (or both), exposition is a […]

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Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits…

Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits… 

So, this is a strange one! A paper appeared in this month’s Christmas edition of the Medical Journal of Australia with a theory as to why, in fantasy novels, the bad guys tend to lose: Vitamin D deficiency! I will include a copy of the paper below (it is open access), but, for those who […]

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Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Three: How Religion Shapes Characters

Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Three: How Religion Shapes Characters 

In Part Two, we learned how religion can affect society and culture as a whole. But you can’t have either of those things without the individual people who comprise them, and many times it only takes one person to change everything. During a recent (recent as in, er, the past two years, maybe?) political event […]

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MAGIC, MONSTERS AND MAYHEM

MAGIC, MONSTERS AND MAYHEM 

Regular readers of Fantasy-Faction will remember the review of Edward Cox’s The Relic Guild we posted a few weeks back. We labelled it ‘a formidable debut from an author with huge potential’ and spoke extensively about the author’s dual narrative structure and decision to write a single story split across three books. Well, Fantasy-Faction decided […]

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