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Myth and Magic

Folklore & fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag.

Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too... plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

May 27, 2020

What is a damsel? What is the Godzilla effect? What is dark fantasy and what are the challenges in writing a good dark fantasy novel? What is the difference between a myth and a fairy tale?

May 20, 2020

Hidden within the physicality of rock & wood is the ineffable numinous nature of the universe. This is animism. Inanimate objects once spoke to our ancestors — does everything have spiritual essence? What is the difference between a warg and a direwolf? Also, this week —7 types of...

May 13, 2020

How did suspense writer Dean Koontz predict the coronavirus outbreak? An interesting article about the natural & supernatural abilities that authors might have to mysteriously predict the future. What role does the muse play in their divination? Also, what is the difference between an oath and a pledge? And what are the...

May 6, 2020

What is Beltany? How should you use threnody in fantasy fiction? The definition of knighthood. What is the Order of the Hatchet? Wildflower of the week: Henbane