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Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/22/17: Supernatural Beings

  There are all sorts of fairies, elementals, grues, demons, devils, angels, nature spirits, and the like in fantasy. Often they serve a purpose in the story, and just as often they are there for window dressing, like the offhand mentions of pookas or kelpies causing trouble. In fact, things wouldn’t be the same if …

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The Cult

The Cult regularly punished those who failed to recruit new members.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/15/17: Venice or Venus

Masquerade time in Venus (Venice)   Fantasy writing published in English-speaking worlds relies heavily on Medieval England as a setting. I suppose it’s because most early fantasy writers were, in fact, English, and then there’s the influence of the Inklings that included J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. It’s a heavy base that …

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Black Queen VI

Black magic was one of her passions. Over time, she found the blackest.   (Artwork by menton3)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/8/17: Fairground Rides

So many of them sound like video games, don’t they? Probably because both are designed to take their users to a strange, disoriented world full of action and violent motion. With a dozen lists and a randomizer, here’s what I came up with, to create your own travelling carnival or Midway.   Nausea-inducing fairground rides …

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Tigerpillar

A little known creature from Chinese mythology, the Tigerpillar combined the ravenous appetite of both creatures.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/1/17: Quaint English Towns

Are those Hobbits in the foreground?   You’re driving along in the English countryside on your way to the next bed-and-breakfast. Villages and towns appear as you turn a bend or crest the hill, then disappear as the road steers you away. Or you’re reading some cozy mystery book set in the British Isles, or …

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Meeting with Medusa

Medusa

Meeting with Medusa An erotic short story for Halloween. Note that it’s comparatively mild, but still NSFW.   I knew I shouldn’t have tangled with a Gorgon. It could have Medusa. She’d been reported working in Vegas by the other Hunters I’d been in contact with. Or it might have been Stheno or Euryale, her …

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The Queen of Vampires

Sleek, stylish, discrete. All hail the Queen of Vampires, Catherine Deneuve, from the 1980 horror movie The Hunger.  

A Haunting Strain of Music, Part 2

Some “lively” music always makes work go more quickly, don’t you agree?   Rockabilly fun with The Creature from the Black Lagoon, who also moonlights as a record juggler. The title is a pun on “instrumentals.”   Swedish lady sings some early rock and roll. The picture is cool and shows she’s not afraid to …

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