SPFBO 6: Finalist Review Black Stone Heart
 

Black Stone Heart

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A Wind from the Wilderness by Suzannah Rowntree – SPFBO #6 Finals Review
 

A Wind from the Wilderness

SPFBO #6 Finals Review

 
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Fantasy-Themed Cookbooks

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Browsing all articles tagged with monsters.

Mythological Creatures: A List Without Dragons

Mythological Creatures: A List Without Dragons 

Fantasy has a longstanding relationship with dragons, reaching as far back as ancient Mesopotamian art and literature and as recent as Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa and House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess, both released this year. But there are other fantastic mythological creatures just as fearsome and powerful as dragons. Here is […]

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Dinosaurs and Darkness

Dinosaurs and Darkness 

Since the age of whenever it was that someone first uttered the word ‘Dinosaur’ to me and showed me a picture of a Stegosaurus, I’ve loved the very concept of those massive beasts.

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House Spirits to Keep You Company

House Spirits to Keep You Company 

Well, friends, there’s no sugarcoating this; we’re in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has ripped through the world and has overturned how we live. Some of us cling to normality while others thrive in the digital workspaces, but one thing is painfully clear. Sometimes we just need to escape. But where can we go, […]

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A Walk Among the Trees: A Look at Forests in Myth and Media

A Walk Among the Trees: A Look at Forests in Myth and Media 

Forests have always been places of enchantment, haunted by outlaws, gods, angry ghosts and ferocious monsters. Walk a while with me. The wind sings through the leaves. Birds squabble in their nests and animals great and small slink through the underbrush. Trees older than cities slumber peacefully in hidden glades. Time moves to different rhythms […]

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Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other

Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other 

Monsters—or, in the very least, the monstrous—show up fairly frequently in most speculative fiction. Whether under the guise of dragons and creatures from the deep (ocean or space) or by way of vampires and the fickle, often cruel fae, monsters and the absolute other of evil is a mainstay of much of our fiction. Casting the net […]

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The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
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The late Victorian era was a time of new and dangerous ideas. The concept of evolution challenged traditional religious belief. The first few voices were questioning the politics of Empire. Ideas of hypnotism and psychology were starting to be taken seriously. H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau is a vivid, uncomfortable exploration of […]

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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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