Married in his twenties, Awwal ibn Muazzam al-Tariq and his wife, secure in finance thanks to Awwal’s dealings in pearls (the “most successful seller of pearls in Jam,” according to Wadud), lived a happy life and wanted nothing more than a child. As much as they tried, he’d said with a subdued laughter, they could … More Medieval Grunge
“I must say, there is nothing like being on the river before sunrise,” said Zaghali, a purl swirling around his stalled cedar-branch paddle. “Everything so quiet, so still.” Rahim’s gaze wandered from river to shore to forest to river. It was the kind of morning when you could just go for a stroll for no … More The Man of the Sand Bar
The following short is inspired by Jessica West’s #10 Weeks of Horror writing challenge. With only two weeks of the challenge remaining, I was excited to be able to write this piece, an element of which I’d thought about for some time. Each week has been dedicated to a variety of monster themes; with Halloween … More Not Your Ordinary Zombie
nly on the New Year celebration, when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead thinned to its thinnest, did one of the Coill speak to him. Shivering under his cloak, Erosoi had been standing in the middle of the village on a misty night when one by one they passed, candles … More A Celtic Winter
Recently a number of people have asked me what my first novel, The Story of the Four is about. Honestly, that is a tough question, for it is really about a lot—it is one of those so-called “big concept” books. Usually I respond it is an epic fantasy rooted in history and grounded in myth … More What is “The Story of the Four”?
Also knows as the “Flyting of Loki,” Lokasenna is found in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Norse myths. In this story, Loki chastises the gods while they are feasting in Aegir’s hall. The version below is a re-telling of the tale from my novel The Story of the Four. Here Darrath plays a central role. Can you guess which … More Lokasenna 2.0
Tossico lay atop the sagging mattress on the creaky bed. He’d found an old knife, dull but not blunt, in the rickety old desk at the far side of the room in Pemberontak’s royal palace. He turned the blade’s tip against his forefinger and stared at the cracked ceiling, the floor below him strewn with … More The Rapture of Bleeding
HEY SCI-FI/FANTASY AUTHORS: Here’s a great article from the LA Times. Sci-fi and fantasy authors reveal truths in the strangest fiction – LA Times.
“It’s not you, it’s me,” she said in her letter. “Good luck finding someone who suits you better.” I’ve got them query letter writin’ blues. “It’s not you, it’s me,” she said in her letter. “Good luck finding someone who suits you better.” Oh, yes, I got them low down dirty query letter writin’ blues. … More Them Query Letter Writin’ Blues
Jen exhaled his relief and lowered his hands to his aching knees. A large village, perhaps a small city even, before them. People. People to talk to. As much as he’d enjoyed talking to Sherme since they trekked along the Yuanwuling Gorge, he’d almost run out of things to say. He explained the empire—its past … More Topics We Don’t Discuss and Questions We All Ask