Tolkien’s Cellar Door

Tolkien’s Cellar Door

At the beginning of May I saw Disney/Fox Searchlight’s new film Tolkien. Unlike the fictional literary works produced by the film’s titular character, this movie is not an epic adventure of good versus evil, but rather a depiction of Tolkien’s youth through his time...
The Human Thing to Do

The Human Thing to Do

In Warrior of Light, there is a scene where Quentiin, a slave, is captured after attempting to escape. In order to punish Quentiin, his captors (the malichons) select two other slaves at random, and they tell Quentiin they are going to kill one of the two slaves. They...
City of Darkness Preview

City of Darkness Preview

The following is an excerpt from the opening sequence of “City of Darkness”: The elion opened his eyes. He lay in darkness, the earthen floor unyielding against his back. He did not know how long he had been here—hours? Days? Years? It mattered little, for...
The Seasons Turn

The Seasons Turn

Last week, I had to turn on the heat in my house for the first time since May. I resisted as long as possible, because I didn’t want to go down as the guy who turned the heat on in August, but we were having a cold snap in good old Bismarck and I had to relent. This...
Why Does Epic Fantasy Work?

Why Does Epic Fantasy Work?

This week, I’ll be presenting at Tampa Bay Comic Con, and the title of my panel will be “What Makes Epic Fantasy Epic?” Specifically, I’ll be digging into how the fantasy genre has evolved over time, why I think it succeeds as a genre, and why I write it. In terms of...

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