House Spirits to Keep You Company
 

House Spirits to Keep You Company

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The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
 

The Great Hunt

Classic SFF Review

 
A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A. M. Justice – Cover Reveal and Excerpt
 

A Wizard’s Sacrifice

Cover Reveal & Excerpt

 

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Keeping the Little Things Undead

Keeping the Little Things Undead 

We are all familiar with ‘zombies’, right? Senseless, decaying and yet animated corpses that eat juicy live brains’ – as seen in AMC’s The Walking Dead. Well, that’s certainly a popular depiction of them, but there are others too. One of the most fascinating examples that I’ve come across over the last few years are […]

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Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing and The Pro Writer

Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing and The Pro Writer 

Once upon a time, not long ago, there was ‘real’ publishing and vanity publishing. ‘Real’ publishing paid the author, and authors paid the vanity publisher. The lines were clear. Few self-published books made it across the threshold into legitimacy. Self-publishing carried a stigma, regardless of how well-written. My, how things have changed. Blame or credit […]

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Dear Grimdark… Guest Post by Sam Sykes

Dear Grimdark… Guest Post by Sam Sykes 

As most of you know, Sam Sykes has a new book out this week, The City Stained Red. We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on a copy and can tell you that it is by far the best thing Sam has written (and that’s saying something). A full review is forthcoming, but we […]

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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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Spotlight on Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets – Guest Post by David Thomas Moore

Spotlight on Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets – Guest Post by David Thomas Moore 

So, hey. I’m David Thomas Moore, commissioning editor at that there Abaddon Books and editor of Abaddon’s first ever anthology, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets. And your Marc has asked my smartypants PR Coordinator† Lydia to ask me to do some sort of guest blog thing about it. Which was nice. As you can […]

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Alternative History’s Distorted Mirror

Alternative History’s Distorted Mirror 

If the discussion panel on Alternative History (AH) at this year’s Octocon was an exercise in navel gazing, I can only say that the view proved illuminating. Like every other sub-genre, AH has evolved an intimidating jargon – Points of Departure, Jonbar Hinges, Butterfly Effects and, lest we forget, Alien Space Bats – so elaborate […]

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Combat in Fantasy – Part Two: Top Ten Tips for Wearing Armour

Combat in Fantasy – Part Two: Top Ten Tips for Wearing Armour 

Armour. Often the subject of heavily debated book covers. Rule of thumb? The heavier it is, the more protection it offers, but the more it slows you down. You need to pick kit that suits a character’s personality and physical strength – hey, even the movies get that much right. My top ten tips, below. […]

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Snake-Sticks and Cheap Tricks: Magic versus Miracle

Snake-Sticks and Cheap Tricks: Magic versus Miracle 

I think one could be forgiven for confusing magic and miracle. If presented with a list of remarkable achievements – walking on water, splitting the moon in half, turning sticks into snakes, pulling rabbits from hats – it’s pretty tough to know whether you’re dealing with one or the other. Jesus is said to have […]

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Writing Combat In Fantasy – Part One: Top Ten Tips

Writing Combat In Fantasy – Part One: Top Ten Tips 

Writing combat is easy. Writing good combat is harder. Below are ten points–some of them tips, some of them common mistakes–to make sure your fighters are doing/using/hitting what they should be. 1. If you’re an archer, stay out of the melee. If you have brains, and want to keep them, stay at range. A lot […]

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Exclusive Message for Fantasy-Faction users from Scott Lynch

Exclusive Message for Fantasy-Faction users from Scott Lynch 

So, we’ve heard the news that Scott Lynch’s latest novel is out this year (whoo!), but now we’ve managed to track Scott down, drag him to a keyboard and force him to type something for us. We’ve edited out the cries for help and left you with the awesome-ness that is the kind words of […]

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The Evolution Of The Split Worlds Novels + A New Split Worlds Short Story

The Evolution Of The Split Worlds Novels + A New Split Worlds Short Story 

Almost three years ago to the day I woke up one morning with a story in my head. It was one of those rare occasions when the flash (1000 words or less) I needed to post that Friday was waiting there in my brain, fully formed. I posted it on my blog for the Friday […]

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Giant Thief, Crown Thief, and How to Fail the Bechdel Test

Giant Thief, Crown Thief, and How to Fail the Bechdel Test 

Amongst my endless goals for my first novel Giant Thief – which, looking back, were basically a wish list of the things I’d like to see in the type of book I had in mind – was the determination to try and come up with a strong female central character. I wanted to steer away […]

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