Netflix’s Bright: Silver Screen Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy

Bright is Netflix’s newest and most controversial release. An urban fantasy/buddy cop mashup that draws tropes from both genres, that fans of either will find something entertaining. There were two points in this film where I laughed out loud in a way that I haven’t since Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies. Setting Bright takes place in Los Angeles, California and right away the audience is assaulted with racially charged imagery. Things like Orcs eat pigs really stick out and paint a setting that reminds me of the tensions in the media circa the ‘92 L.A. riots. This expectation is backed…

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Immortal Fear Relaunch

Friends, readers, family: From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. The outcry of support for the initial launch of Immortal Fear has been amazing. This book has been my passion project, and with your help I’ve made it even better. Sunday, I’m relaunching Immortal Fear Free on Amazon for one day only. I know with your help I’ve created a great product, but before others can find and enjoy this labor of love, I need to get it into people’s hands to review. During this free promotion, I want to get it into the hands of five hundred people…

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Healing and Modern Day Bards

Music and stories: The teller of tales.   There was a people long ago who would travel the country side singing, dancing, juggling, playing an instrument to the gathered inside dusty old taverns where the people would have rarely been privy to such entertainment. Robert Jordan wrote about one, Thom Merrilin, in Wheel of Time.   Patrick Rothfuss main character, Kvoth, has his humble beginnings as one in the King Killer Chronicles.   Stephen Erikson writes about one, Fisher kel Tath, so legendary that his other characters tell stories about him.   They are bards. They are clever, cunning, and…

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Immortal Fear – The Urban Fantasy I’ve always wanted to write

Urban Fantasy, with living influence. I’ve been working on Immortal Fear for the better part of 4 years. Since I took my first teaching job really. The prologue’s motorcycle scene was the inspiration behind the story to begin with. I was driving home from a particularly rough day with middle school children, my nerves already frayed beyond belief, when a motorcyclist passed me in the fast lane easily pushing 100 mph while the rest of the congested traffic pushed on normal afternoon rush hour fashion. I just imagined, with a cringe, this guy swerving onto the gravel shoulder or hitting…

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The Water of Awakening – Fantasy Book Giveaway!

The Water of Awakening

I’m giving away 20 Copies of David V. Stewart’s newest high fantasy novel, The Water of awakening! Salvation lies beyond dreams… Newlywed Helga wants nothing more than a life of peace and bliss; instead she finds herself with a husband dying of an unknown illness and no way to save him. When a mysterious old volva comes to town offering a cure, Helga is forced to travel beyond all she knows to the boundaries of the prim, the border of reality, to barter with fay beings for a substance known only as the water of awakening. Helga soon finds that…

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Cover Reveal: Immortal Fear – Urban Fantasy

Immortal Fear Urban Fantasy

Immortal Fear: A New Urban Fantasy Novel I’m so hyped to be finally putting this out in the world.  Orina Kafe did this amazing cover artwork for me, I’m so happy to finally be sharing it with you all. You can find her here. Go show her some love. Are you ready for Silas Bishop? Death has a price tag and professionals like me don’t come cheap. When Sarah Philips went searching around the deep web for someone to assassinate her abusive husband in sunny San Diego, the only person she could find was me: Silas Bishop. The price tag was…

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Fantasy Gaming and Storytelling – Dungeons & Dragons

Fantasy Storytelling

A Fantasy Author’s Playground Dungeons & Dragons is a table top game that has been delighting nerds like myself since 1974. I’ve had a lot of memorable experiences myself playing D&D – I think my first time I was eight years old playing with neighborhood kids who were much older than me. It was like playing Final Fantasy but in real life. Little did I know at the time that Dungeons and Dragons is where Final Fantasy actually came from. See, even as a kid I was fascinated by role playing games, thought I didn’t get to play table tops…

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Urban Fantasy Review – American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Urban Fantasy American Gods

American Gods is Classic Urban Fantasy I first read American Gods about seven years ago while living in a two bedroom apartment with David V. Stewart. It really appealed to me in the sort of Kerovacian style, small town travel story since at the time I was working three jobs and playing with a local band. The adventures that Mr. Wednesday and Shadow were undertaking seemed like the kind of ‘living on the fringes’ theme that I really enjoyed. Since then, American Gods has enjoyed a resurgence with a TV series on STARZ which I discussed at length with Big…

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What is Urban Fantasy?

Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy? What does that mean? Urban Fantasy is a sub genre of Fantasy and Science Fiction that, at it’s most basic levels, refers to classical fantasy settings such as magic, swords, and monsters, within a modern urban setting. The most famous of these settings would be Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. Urban Fantasy becomes a haven for cross genre writers mixing elements of horror, mystery, noir (pronounced nwär), and  fantasy (both low and high). There is often elements of romance involved in the plots but this can get dicey as if the plot is focused on said romance rather than…

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Fantasy Movie Review – The Warcraft Movie SUCKS

Fantasy Warcraft Movie

If you’ve seen the Warcraft Movie I’m preaching to the choir but if you’re trying to find something to do on a Friday night let me tell you, this shouldn’t be it. I’ve been playing games in the Warcraft Universe since 1996 when Orcs and Humans was first released so I’m a pretty big fan. Some might say that’s why I didn’t like the movie, but honestly the only way the audience could have had any coherent idea of the plot, the characters, or the setting was to have lived intimately with the Warcraft universe for many years. My first…

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