This week we conclude our tour through medieval history with a glance at the weird and wonderful world of weaponry. This is not a comprehensive guide—I’m sure some of you will be annoyed I’ve left out your favourites—but rather a look at some of the lesser known yet effective weapons.
Some of the writing tools I came across this year saved me from losing a few coins to the swear jar. Here are my top 6!
Some exciting news to kick-off 2020. The first Of Metal and Magic Compendium is out and available to the eyes of the world. Even more exciting: the first six chapters of my novel are contained within its covers!
This is the transcript for the episode of The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed podcast of the same title. You can listen to the episode by clicking the links below.
I’m hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session over on Reddit’s r/Fantasy today to promote Flying on the Ground, my collection of short fiction which came
Here we are. Book day at last! My first ever fiction book is out and available to buy! I’m overwhelmed by the response it’s received so far.
Dros Delnoch, Pelennor Fields, Julatsa, the Battle of the Bastards, Helms Deep. These are just some of the most iconic battles in fantasy. The writers of these epic clashes knew a thing or two about warfare, and this post aims to give you some research to aid your creation of the compelling and gripping clashes fantasy fans love so much.
Last week I took a drive up the motorway to the Duchy of Lancaster and to one of the smallest castles in England: Clitheroe. The purpose of this post is to give you some ideas for your world-building and writing. We’ll first look at the castle’s features before exploring what life would have been like in the castle back in ye day.
Diseases ravaged the lives of millions of people throughout the Middle Ages. A combination of bad diet, poor hygiene, inadequate sanitation and an ill-informed understanding of medicine left many people vulnerable to fatal infections.
Given many fantasy stories have a medieval setting, similar circumstances would give rise to diseases in a secondary world. As we’ll see, this presents interesting opportunities for the fantasy writer.
Religion and belief systems feature a great deal in the fantasy genre, and it’s unsurprising why. Religion, faiths and beliefs shape our own lives in a multitude of ways, providing purpose, meaning and structure.