Short Sorcery: C.L. Moore’s “Hellsgarde”
Apr23

Short Sorcery: C.L. Moore’s “Hellsgarde”

Short Sorcery: C.L. Moore’s “Hellsgarde” by Bill Ward C.L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry is the kind of character a writer can build a series of stories around, sharply defined in ways that make her both immediately compelling and comprehensible to an audience, but with enough nuance to not only keep a reader engaged, but to ground the character in believability. And believing in Jirel – a flame-haired Medieval Lady with a temper...

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Jirel of Joiry: First Heroine of Sword-and-Sorcery
Apr13

Jirel of Joiry: First Heroine of Sword-and-Sorcery

Jirel of Joiry: First Heroine of Sword-and-Sorcery by Ryan Harvey The sword-swinging, laser gun-blasting, wooden-stake carrying women who are an enormous part of today’s popular entertainment owe their existence to a medieval lady who first appeared more than eighty years ago in the pulp pages: Jirel of Joiry. Flame-haired, tenacious as a she-lion, “a shouting battle-machine,” sojourner in forbidden magical lands—Jirel was the first...

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