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MYRIAD WORLDS, MYRIAD POSSIBILITIES: The Blending of Genres Within Fiction — Byron Gillan

Our tour of mixing genres in fantasy comes to a close today as author Byron Gillan add his perspectives to this rich topic. You can read previous posts by Byron HERE.  “I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever … Continue reading

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Byron Gillan — A Bottomless Well: Magic and the Environment

 “And that’s what I don’t like about magic, Captain. ‘cos it’s *magic*. You can’t ask questions, it’s magic. It doesn’t explain anything, it’s magic. You don’t know where it comes from, it’s magic! That’s what I don’t like about magic, … Continue reading

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Byron Gillan — An Argument for Brevity

Today, author Byron Gillan adds to the discussion about the two main types of fight scenes: Sword fights and epic battles. To read more by Byron, go HERE.  “He dreamt an old dream, of three knights in white cloaks, and a tower long … Continue reading

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Our Friend – The Prologue

Today, Byron Gillan is back on the blog to discuss prologues. Interested in learning more? Read on. Click here for more posts by Byron. A raven-haired woman flees through the night, pursued by a band of villains… A terrible calamity befalls a … Continue reading

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Epic Fantasy Environment – Byron Gillan

In my novel, “The Children of the Forest,” there is arguably no aspect of the story more important than Dearean’s environment. When first started working on my novel, I was driven to tell a story steeped in social-commentary that reflected … Continue reading

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The Object of Our Contempt: The Victimization of Women in Epic Fantasy

Previously, I wrote an article covering women’s role in the Epic Fantasy genre. While I think I managed to successfully work through a good chunk of my feelings about the current state of the genre as a whole, there’s still … Continue reading

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The Object of Our Affection: Women as More than Prizes in Epic Fantasy

The Epic Fantasy genre has accumulated a substantial following over the many decades since its inception, arguably with William Morris’ The Well at the World’s End. It is a genre defined by its themes, characters, setting, and story, which are … Continue reading

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The Dragon and the Man by Byron Gillian

Welcome back Byron Gillan, who shares with you today his reflection on dragons. Enjoy! ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. “Beware the Jabberwock, … Continue reading

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The Children of the Forest : A Short Story by Byron Gillian

A short chapter set in the world of “The Children of the Forest” Continue reading

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