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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.

Jul 29, 2020

What is an elemental? Who was Paracelsus? How to be sure a witness had a truly phantasmal experience. Also, wulvers, and the beast of Bray Road.

Jul 22, 2020

What are nervimotional staples? And why, perhaps, aesthetics are worth considering when writing convincing characters. Also, how to create persuasive magic realism and visit the mystical Rollrights to see where the witch, Ursula Soothtell, turned a King and his men into stone.

Jul 15, 2020

How and why are dragon paths connected to tumuli? Who or what is goblinoid? Where do Tommyknockers originate? And what is a firedrake?

Jul 8, 2020

This week look at paracosms and the bardo and ask what an F.P.P. is and why having a fantasy prone personality will help you build convincing worlds for your readers. Also study the locus amaneus and learn why you should incorporate this literary device into your...

Jul 1, 2020

What is a witch? Learn how to identify different types of witch. Where does the middle-English word wicche originate? What is wicca? Who or what is the horned god? Who or what is the earth mother? Who was Cernunnos?