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Out of Death

Out of Death, something beautiful.   (18th century carved horse skull)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 10/18/17: Geisterbahn

Geisterbahn is German for ghost train, the popular amusement park ride that carries thrill-seekers into dark, eerie tableaus designed to thrill and shock them. The most elaborate of these are found at Munich’s Oktoberfest. In the US, these rides are known as Spookhouses, or Haunted Houses. Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is an example of the best …

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Ecanus, the Angel of Writers

Ecanus, I seek to become more than a writer. I desire to be an author and I ask for your Divine Assistance in helping me attain that goal. Fill my mind with original thoughts and ideas so that I may become the successful writer that God created me to be. Through Jesus Christ’s Precious, Pure …

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Fire at the Wax Museum

After a fire at Madame Tussaud’s.  

Worldbuilding Wednesday 10/11/17: Tiamatan Clan Names

Science fiction writer Joan D. Vinge wrote a fairy tale/space opera mashup in the early 1980s called The Snow Queen, which borrowed from the Hans Christian Anderson tale of the same name. Most of the action took place on a frigid water planet named Tiamat, where humans were split into two clans: Summers and Winters. …

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Black Queen V

Cruelty was actually one of her better qualities.   (commission__dark_priestess_by_skyzocat-d935u3r.jpg)  

Worldbuilding Wednesday 10/4/17: Legendary Creatures

World mythology is full of fabulous beasts, beings, spirits, and creatures. There are the ones everybody knows, like gryphons, dragons, and unicorns; then there are those that are semi-familiar, like the harpy and thunderbird; and lastly, some that are truly obscure, like the grootslang, the ahkluyat, the senmurv. Here’s a list of randomly generated creatures …

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The Fates

You don’t want to play with these ladies. They always get their way in the end.   Art by Vergvoktre

Worldbuilding Wednesday 9/27/17: Arabian Nights

Many people, myself included, have thought that the book of Middle Eastern fantasy tales, One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, is a unified work of one author or compiler from the 16th century, ala The Brothers Grimm. But it isn’t. It’s a far older collection of folk tales and poetry from a far wider range …

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Black Queen IV

What Galadriel became after she was seduced by the power of the One Ring.