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

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

A Wizard’s Sacrifice

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Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes by Henry, Josh, and Harrison Herz. Illustrated by Abigail Larson.

Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes by Henry, Josh, and Harrison Herz. Illustrated by Abigail Larson.
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Re-imagining fairy tales has been going on since the invention of fairy tales, so it stands to reason that it was only a matter of time until someone did the same with nursery rhymes. Monster Goose does pretty much what it says on the cover. All the mini poems are rewritten to feature monsters of […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Seven: Fantasy Biologists

Fantastical Biology – Part Seven: Fantasy Biologists 

So far this series has focused on animals and habitats, exploring anything from the relationships between predators and prey to the deepest parts of the ocean. But what is fantastical biology, without a fantastical biologist? This article takes a look at the people who study science in our world, and how the real world study […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Six: Fantasy Creatures & Urban Living

Fantastical Biology – Part Six: Fantasy Creatures & Urban Living 

Wildlife isn’t the first thing that might come to mind when you think of the city, but lots of animals make their homes there. Things are no different in fantasy cities, and urban fantasy is a popular genre often featuring fantastical incursions into modern day life. Looking at how nature copes in real cities can […]

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Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters

Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters 

A well-defined bestiary is a must for every fantasy world, unless the creator plans to stick to mundane animals identical to realistic fauna, or there are no animals or creatures at all. In any fantasy world, it is perfectly acceptable to have mundane animals; it actually helps make a world relatable and provides perspective. But […]

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Sirens

Sirens 

Sirens were created by the Greek goddess, Demeter. A group of maidens failed to protect Demeter’s daughter, Kore who was the younger version of Persephone, from being kidnapped by Hades. To give the negligent maidens the ability to fly in search of Kore everywhere in the world, Demeter transformed half of their voluptuous figures into […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Six: Symbiosis

Fantastical Biology – Part Six: Symbiosis 

Nature is often depicted as being brutal, where only the strongest survive, and fantasy novels often follow this idea. But, predator versus prey is not the only way animals interact with one another in the real world. While different species living in the same area often compete with one another for resources, there are many […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Five: Fantasy Creatures in Flight

Fantastical Biology – Part Five: Fantasy Creatures in Flight 

A dragon soars through the clouds; a fairy flutters through the woods; a gargoyle flexes its stone wings—flying creatures are a staple of fantasy literature. There are the traditional ones above, or whatever creature the author wants to slap a pair of wings onto. With fantasy’s focus on wonder and magic, it’s not strange that […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Four: Deep Ocean

Fantastical Biology – Part Four: Deep Ocean 

The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, and yet humans have explored less than 5% of them. No wonder the deepest parts of the ocean have inspired and played a part in so many speculative fiction stories, like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, or China Miéville’s The Scar. Dolphins, seals and manatees are […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Three: Prey

Fantastical Biology – Part Three: Prey 

Some of the most popular fantasy creatures are predators, and the last fantastical biology article focused on them and the strategies they use to catch their prey. Today we’ll move from the hunter to the hunted, which in fantasy novels is often the human protagonist. Much of this article will focus on how real animals […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Two: Predators

Fantastical Biology – Part Two: Predators 

There are lots of friendly fantasy creatures to write about, but sometimes you want something dangerous, with sharp claws and sharper teeth. Real animals can provide inspiration for writing believable and scary fantasy predators, and give insight into how some popular fantastical predators work. As discussed in the previous Fantastical Biology article, using biology to […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part One: Fantasy Creatures and Their Habitats

Fantastical Biology – Part One: Fantasy Creatures and Their Habitats 

Fantasy novels often include magical creatures. Peruse the fantasy section of your favorite bookstore and you’ll see plenty of dragons, vampires and other impossible things on the front covers. Dragons can fly because they’re magic, and this is enough for many fantasy stories. But what if you want to create a fantastical creature that’s a […]

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Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: Hippoi Monokerata

Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: Hippoi Monokerata 

Welcome to the final instalment of our series on lesser-known creatures and monsters in Classical mythology! Over the past year, we’ve looked at everything from ancient dragon-like creatures to ancient vampire-like creatures, and plenty of bizarre things in between. From the beginning of this series, it has been my hope that both writers and readers […]

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