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Dungeons Dragons Movie Officially Announced

The popular role-playing fantasy game <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> is finally getting the big-budget feature film adaptation that it deserves. WB and Hasbro …

Board Games

Salman Rushdie says he could not depend on fellow writers for support to write Satanic Verses today

Salman Rushdie has claimed that the people who defended his most controversial work would not have done so today<p>Sir Salman Rushdie has claimed that the people who defended his most controversial work would not have done so today because of creeping political correctness.<p>Leading literary figures …

Literature

Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

<b>The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.</b><p>This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved …

MIND MELD: Gods & Mythology in Speculative Fiction

<b>[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]</b><p>Q: What is your favorite use of gods & mythology in speculative fiction?<p>From Joanne …

Books

Photographer Creates Stunning Images of African Orisha Deities You've Never Heard of Before

Photographer James C. Lewis went out on a creative limb to re-imagine ancient African Yoruba dieties- the Orisha, using striking models, expert …

Fantasy and Gaming « Fantasy-Faction

Fantasy literature and fantasy games are and will always be intertwined. Certainly, fantasy fiction predates <i>Crossbows and Catapults</i>, <i>Warhammer</i>, <i>Thieves</i> …

Board Games

Demons in Fantasy « Fantasy-Faction

So, demons in fantasy?<p>A quick (and I mean a super, uber, single) search on Google for “Demon Fantasy” doesn’t yield much: the books that flag on …

Why we invented monsters

<b>(Robert Adrian Hillman via Shutterstock)</b><p>How our primate ancestors shaped our obsession with terrifying creatures<p>Paul A. Trout<p>December 3, 2011 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was adapted from the new book “Deadly Powers,” from Prometheus Books.<p>Monsters fill the mythic landscape. In Hawaiian myth, there is …

23 Perfect Words For Emotions You Never Realised Anyone Else Felt

All the words for all the feels. From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.<p>You can also find The Dictionary on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The last of the Samurai: Beautiful hand-colored photographs of the warriors and their courtesans

When photographer Felice Beato arrived in Japan in 1863, he found the country in the midst of civil war. After spending over two hundred years in …

Japan

How To Raise The Stakes In Your Story Without Wrecking Your Characters

The best science fiction and fantasy stories are impossible to tear yourself away from — and often, that thrilling sense of momentum comes from the …

Creative Writing

30 Famous Authors On Music

Musicians and writers. Both horribly talented creatives placed on the planet to make our stay here far more enjoyable. But what does one make of the …

The Land of Clichéa

Elements of Fantasy: Elves « Fantasy-Faction

Ever glimpsed a spark of light moving around fertile trees? You experienced the sight for picking up on elf activity.<p>Elves are angelic tree-spirits …

Board Games

The Many Nations of Elves « Fantasy-Faction

For many of us the words elf and fantasy are as intertwined in our minds as peanut butter and jelly. What self-respecting lover of fantasy among us …

Board Games

Animal Tattoos With Digital Pixel Glitches By Russian Artist

Moscow-based tattoo artist Lesha Lauz’s (a.k.a. Alexey) eye-catching tattoos, bursting with color, have one “problem” – they’re glitchy! Instead of …

Body Art

Fairytale-like Watercolor Paintings Of Plants And Animals By Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law, an artist from Oakland, CA finds magic in the mundane. Using mythological and fairytale elements, she bridges the botanical and …

Art

If Mark Lawrence rewrote Frozen… « Fantasy-Faction

Is Frozen too cute and cuddly for you? Feel cheated by Disney’s lack of blood and horror? Think it would be for the best if Mark Lawrence, Joe …

30+ Unbelievable Places That Look Like They’re From Another Planet

These out-of-this-world photos will make you feel like you're on another planet. Why spend years training to be an astronaut when you explore strange …

Mars

10 Maps From History That Changed the World

Maps have been around for almost as long as civilization and the concept of getting lost and refusing to ask for directions. They’ve ranged from the …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

What Makes a Hero: Joseph Campbell’s Seminal Monomyth Model for the Eleven Stages of the Hero’s Journey, Animated

“It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward.”<p>Nearly four decades before <b>Joseph Campbell</b> (March 26, 1904–October 30, 1987) refined his enduring ideas on how to find your bliss and have fulfilling life, the legendary …

33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History

Every year, the announcement of Bulwer-Lytton Prize is a gift from bad writing heaven. Inspired by novelist and playwright Edward George …

What If? 19 Alternate Histories Imagining a Very Different World

Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Here are some of their intriguing …

6 Parts of World of Warcraft That Are More Messed Up Than You Realized

6. Elves created the world (by blowing it up)<p>Azeroth wasn't always Azeroth. Before the cataclysm (no, not that one), the entire world was all in one …

Brilliant Satirical Art by Pawel Kuczynski

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

The 19th Century Escort Cards with Pick-Up Lines you definitely haven't heard before

<i>W</i>ithout Facebook, online dating sites and lest we dare mention applications like Tinder, in the 19th century, single boys and girls had to be a …

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