Ryan Harvey’s Gateways to Sword-and-Sorcery
May14

Ryan Harvey’s Gateways to Sword-and-Sorcery

Ryan Harvey’s Gateways to Sword-and-Sorcery by Ryan Harvey When I say I’m a first-generation Dungeons & Dragons kid, I mean the kid part literally. I was eight years old when D&D reached pop culture recognition at the dawn of the ‘80s. My friends and I were fascinated with the funny dice, the splendid bestiary of monsters, the words that seemed like gibberish (“Electrum”? That can’t be a real thing), and the mayhem that...

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Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny and the Chronicles of Amber
May13

Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny and the Chronicles of Amber

Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny and the Chronicles of Amber by Steve Bean Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. The idea of space gods seems somewhat commonplace today, but Roger Zelazny is the...

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Where to Start With American Fantasy Series
May11

Where to Start With American Fantasy Series

Where to Start With American Fantasy Series by Bill Ward While J.R.R. Tolkien may be the most famous and ubiquitous of fantasy writers, introducing generations of readers the world over to fantasy fiction through The Hobbit and influencing the way such stories are forever told with his masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, American letters has perhaps contributed more profoundly to the development of the modern secondary world fantasy...

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Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs
May07

Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs

Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs by Brian Murphy Tomorrow all will be known, and you’re not aloneSo don’t be afraid of the dark and coldBecause the Bard’s songs will remain ~ “The Bard’s Song,” Blind Guardian A characteristic of good sword-and-sorcery is earthiness; even if not set in some ancient age of our own earth, sword-and-sorcery nevertheless is typically gritty, even grimy, in its realism. Joseph McCullough once...

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A Profile of Legendary Illustrator Alex Raymond
May05

A Profile of Legendary Illustrator Alex Raymond

A Profile of Alex Raymond by Joshua LH Burnett Few people have influenced American comics as much as Alex Raymond. While “Jungle Jim” and “Rip Carson” may not be household names, Raymond’s most famous creation, Flash Gordon, is so ingrained into American pop culture that simply his name can be used as shorthand for a specific type of heroic, romantic science fiction. Alex Raymond’s career was short, and his death came far too soon,...

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