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Elements of Fantasy: Owls

Elements of Fantasy: Owls 

Of all the bird species, owls have a unique talent for scaring the dickens out of people. They hide during the day and bellow haunting hoots throughout the night. Owls can have a panoramic view of the landscape by rotating their necks like possessed teens. They can stare down the fiercest creatures, which makes them […]

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Monster Hunter World – Video Game Review

Monster Hunter World – Video Game Review 

I have no desire to stalk and kill big game across the savanna plains of Africa. To be honest, the whole concept of big game hunting; shooting and killing an animal just because it is a) there and b) I happen to have a gun and it does not, holds absolutely no appeal to me. […]

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In Defence of a Zombie-Free Apocalypse – Part Two: The Rest!

In Defence of a Zombie-Free Apocalypse – Part Two: The Rest! 

And we’re back. Last time we explored how vampires, werewolves, and ghosts have so much more potential to create an exciting Apocalypse scenario than just rehashing all those rotten old zombie tropes. Now it’s time to look at a bunch of the less obvious creatures to see if they’d be any good at bringing down […]

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In Defence of a Zombie-Free Apocalypse – Part One: Vampires, Werewolves, and Ghosts

In Defence of a Zombie-Free Apocalypse – Part One: Vampires, Werewolves, and Ghosts 

Zombies are awful. They look disgusting and they smell worse. Their eating habits are appalling. Their conversational skills leave a lot to be desired. People keep trying to explain them through science when they’re clearly beings of magic. (Note how they keep on walking around endlessly even though their metabolism has clearly stopped working and […]

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The Ten Strangest Races in Fantasy Literature

The Ten Strangest Races in Fantasy Literature 

To me one of the most wonderful things about reading fantasy is the chance to encounter strange and magical beings that couldn’t possibly exist in the real world. Ferocious and exotic warriors, wise immortals, fey creatures as beautiful as they are mysterious, people made from wood or stone, animals that walk and talk like humans, […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Through the Beast’s Eye

Monthly Short Story Winner: Through the Beast’s Eye 

Writing often means putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes and writing from their perspective. The barmaid, the warrior, the shady detective, the witch, or the orphan boy. You do this all the time, becoming somebody else for the time you write that person. If you’re good at it, all the characters will read, sound, and […]

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A Monster’s Place

A Monster’s Place 

The terrifying monster has been a staple of the fantasy genre since its earliest origins, when bards told tales around a fire at the dawn of time. They frightened listeners with descriptions of horrifying creatures, they talked of scaled hides, the fearsome length of its claws, of hungry eyes peering out of the darkness. This […]

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The Creatures We Base Aliens On

The Creatures We Base Aliens On 

One of the interesting things about fictional aliens is that they’re almost never completely alien. We have no real idea what extra-terrestrials would look like, and it’s nigh impossible to imagine an entirely new species unlike anything we’ve ever seen. As such, we usually fall back on earthly species for inspiration, combining known elements to […]

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Cover Reveal for PATERNUS by Dyrk Ashton

Cover Reveal for PATERNUS by Dyrk Ashton 

Hello everyone! Some of you may be familiar with my novel, Paternus, from last year’s SPFBO competition hosted by Mark Lawrence (Archsaint of self-published authors). Paternus was Fantasy-Faction’s pick for the final round and ended up taking third place out of three hundred entries. Even with that success, I’ve decided to give the book a new cover. […]

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Why I Don’t Like Dragons – Guest Blog by Oliver Langmead

Why I Don’t Like Dragons – Guest Blog by Oliver Langmead 

First, a confession: the title of this article is a little bit sensationalist. The truth is, I don’t actively dislike dragons. I don’t go around hating them and huffing and puffing at books with dragons on the cover, and films with dragons in the trailers. My feelings towards dragons is closer to an indifference. They […]

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Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses

Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses 

Have you ever noticed that extra-terrestrials in most “aliens-make-contact” science fiction usually resemble octopuses, squids, or other cephalopods? At least, when they don’t just look like humans in Halloween masks or cheap make up. Arrival, Independence Day, War of the Worlds, The Simpsons… the list goes on. The default non-humanoid aliens seem to always have […]

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Our Monsters, Our Selves

Our Monsters, Our Selves 

The title of this article is taken from a panel discussion at World Fantasy Convention 2012—a panel that had so many voices who wanted to contribute that it had to be split into two parts! The topic of discussion was on the appeal of monsters in fantasy literature: Why, how, and to who do they […]

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