mythology

SF & Fantasy

Mark Tompkins on The World of The Last Days of Magic


Mark Tompkins on The World of The Last Days of Magic

Mark Tompkins writes about the real-life myths and history that inspired the world of The Last Days of Magic.

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Interview With Elizabeth Bear, Co-Author, ‘Apprentice to Elves’


Elizabeth Bear is the co-author, along with Sarah Monette, of the Iskryne series: a fantasy saga set in a frozen land where humanity is beset on all sides by trolls and other horrors. Standing between the people and annihilation are the wolfcarls: powerful individuals who are telepathically bonded with enormous, highly intelligent wolves. The third [...]

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Horrific Horses of Celtic Myth: Nuckelavees, Dullahans, and Kelpies


We fantasy fans have been in a bit of a monster rut, I think. There’s nothing wrong with dragons, goblins, orcs, and trolls–the more monsters the merrier–but there are so many other horrifying creatures that deserve a little limelight.
Celtic myth is rich with horrors that have yet to be tapped: man-eating faeries, mine-dwelling goblins, ghosts, [...]

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Star Wars

George Lucas on the Meaning of ‘Star Wars’


I can thank Star Wars for introducing me to the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell, whose book The Hero With a Thousand Faces has been cited by George Lucas as a major influence in the development of the Star Wars films. Hero awoke a passion for mythology in me that has never faded, and made [...]

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SF & Fantasy

Monster Dogs of Myth and Legend


It’s National Dog Day, Suvudu readers!
Founded in 2004 by Animal Behaviorist and author Colleen Paige National Dog Day recognizes the important roles that dogs play in human lives as companions, rescuers, protectors, and guides, and raises awareness about the many shelter dogs that need to be adopted.
All of my dogs (and cats) have been [...]

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‘Punk Archaeologist’ Andrew Reinhard on ‘The Metamorphoses’


‘Punk Archaeologist’ Andrew Reinhard on ‘The Metamorphoses’

While I was skimming this week’s new releases I noted a listing for Ovid’s The Metamorphoses, a Classic work of history and mythology. I’m a big fan of mythology of all sorts, and I feel like every fantasy and science fiction fan should be at least familiar with them. Sadly, I’m no expert on the [...]

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Bast Meets Atticus O’Sullivan in ‘Grimoire of the Lamb’


Bast Meets Atticus O’Sullivan in ‘Grimoire of the Lamb’

The Egyptian cat goddess Bast comes looking for trouble in Kevin Hearne’s new Iron Druid Chronicles novella, Grimoire of the Lamb. Tangling with an enraged deity is nothing new for druid Atticus O’ Sullivan, whose exploits often find him at odds with gods, but this divine feline may not be familiar to some readers.
Bast, also [...]

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Legendary Monsters of South America


500cueroWe’ve got a lot European-flavored monsters in our fantasy fiction: trolls, dragons, ogres and vampire, just to name a few. It’s fine, they’re all classics and I love them, but as a long-time lover of monsters, I have to say that by focusing on the mythology of Europe, we as readers and writers end up missing out on a lot of cool and creepy stuff, like El Cuero: an evil blood sucking cow hide….

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Here Be Dragons!


Here Be Dragons!

Many cultures around the world feature dragons or dragon-like creatures in their mythologies, and no one is exactly sure why. Some believe that all of these individual cultures came to believe in dragons through the accidental discovery and misinterpretation of dinosaur fossils, or run-ins with snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards and other out-sized reptiles. Stories based [...]

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Interview with Sophie Littlefield, Author, ‘The Unforsaken’


Interview with Sophie Littlefield, Author, ‘The Unforsaken’

Sophie Littlefield is the author of The Unforsaken, the story of a young woman with the gift to revive the dead:
Hailey Tarbell is no typical girl. As one of the Banished who arrived from Ireland generations ago, Hailey has the power to heal—and, as she recently learned, to create zombies if she heals someone too [...]

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