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Mary Pope Osborne’s Norse Myths

Much like Greek Mythology, the Norse myths have inspired grand operas, art, literature, and comic books.  This mythology of the Northern climes is primarily derived from the Icelandic Eddas, which date to the 13th century, though the lore is far older in origin.  These tales of gods and giants, dwarves and elves—light and dark—inspired the operas of… Read More ›

Mary Pope Osborne’s Greek Myths

Thousands of years old, Greek myths have been told and retold countless times and in countless ways, inspiring works of art, music, literature, and film.  Many of us first encounter these tales of wonder as children.  So it is no surprise that many authors—from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Bernard Evslin to the D’Aulaires—have presented collections of these… Read More ›

The Tragedy of Whitehall

Here is the prologue of The Tragedy of Whitehall, the fantasy novel I’ve decided to work on as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2012.  I’ve long had the concept for this prelude novel to a fantasy trilogy, which is in turn part of a larger fantasy series that I’ve yet to come up with… Read More ›

Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that…” “…there is nothing new under the sun.”  Or in this novel’s case, should that be “moon”? You see, it’s 1810, and the Damned have fallen out of favor with the Prince Regent–“banished from polite society”–even though they were crucial in helping defeat invading French forces during the Napoleonic… Read More ›

The Witching Hour

An Englishman remarks to a bartender in New York City that “he’d just come from New Orleans, and that certainly was a haunted city.”  The doctor sitting next to him agrees and remembers … “He had been dreaming of the old house in New Orleans again.  He had seen the woman in the rocker.  He’d… Read More ›

Steve Jackson’s Sorcery!

“You may leave the village along one of two paths.  One leads up into the hills…The other takes a downhill route…turn to page # to follow your path.” In the 1980s, Choose Your Own Adventures with their second-person point of view engaged thousands of young kids—and me—with a wide variety of mystery, fantasy, and scifi adventures. … Read More ›

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Immortals (2011)

Greek mythology stirs the soul with gods bickering, heroes defeating monstrous beasts, and rich stories explaining the cosmos.  Perhaps as much myth has been lost to us as that which has survived to the present day.  With advances in CGI and other cinematic effects, more films have explored these fantasical stories.  Yet many stray from the… Read More ›

The Big Over Easy

It’s not a hardboiled mystery.  (I really, really couldn’t resist.)  Detective Inspector Jack Spratt of the Nursey Crimes Division–understaffed, underfunded, and underwhelming (though not how you might think)–is called in to investigate the demise of Humperdinck Jehoshaphat Aloysius Stuyvesant van Dumpty, aka Humpty Dumpty. Businessman, philanthrophist, and large egg, Dumpty has seemingly committed suicide.  It… Read More ›

Dragon Bones, Dragon Blood

To survive, Wardwick of Hurog plays the role of simpleton; to regain a kingdom, Ward must prove his mettle and his worth. “Hurog means dragon.”  As we discover several times during the course of the two novels that–to date–tell the story of Ward, heir of the Shavig throne; his family, and the land of the… Read More ›

Blackout

Imagine waking up, alone, and not remembering who you are. “I was a killer.  I woke up knowing that before I knew anything else.”  Cal Leandros hasn’t forgotten everything, just the important parts of his life.  Who is he?  Does he have family?  Friends?  And, more importantly, why is the beach where he came to… Read More ›

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