Tag Archives: Fantasy

A Few Strange New Hybridities in Literature

Of late, my rather strange and serpentine reading habits have yielded up examples of what might be called literary hybridities, where genres and styles work to subsume or coalesce. Of course, such genre bending is not even remotely new but … Continue reading

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Ronan Coghlan on Skylight Press

Ronan Coghlan is a unique and multifarious Irish writer from Dublin now living in Bangor, Northern Ireland. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he has served as a schoolteacher for over 20 years, notably at Rockport, Northern Ireland and Hawkhurst … Continue reading

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Writing the Unicorn: The Paradox of Historical Fiction

“Luckily Nicolas didn’t have to answer, as he couldn’t have spoken. I had placed my hand on his bulge, which was as hard as a tree branch. I had never touched one before.” It was at that precise point when … Continue reading

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Windleroot by Gordon Strong

“Windleroot was permanently a wasps’ nest of rumour and scandal. Gobbets of gossip continually dripped from the awnings of the establishments in Lowe Street. An innocent remark made at the top end became a slanderous accusation by the time it arrived at the … Continue reading

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Faery Loves & Faery Lais: A Collection of Breton Lais as told by Gareth Knight

“The Breton lai is a relatively short narrative poem, usually accompanied by music, that appeared in France some time about the middle of the 12th century, spread by travelling musicians and story tellers called ‘jongleurs.’ What we find important about … Continue reading

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The Magical World of the Inklings by Gareth Knight

It’s finally here … Gareth Knight’s new and expanded edition of his classic text on the mythopoeic fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and their less famous but similarly gifted colleagues Charles Williams and Owen Barfield – collectively known as … Continue reading

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Into the Mythopoeia…

As we eagerly await the new edition of The Magical World of the Inklings by Gareth Knight, let’s have a look at other great mythopoeic works of literature.  Since the 6th Century tales of Phereydes of Syros, the world of … Continue reading

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