The second part of my essay discussing the difference between Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, and Grimdark. The essay is a bit rough in places due to italicization issues but I think it’s really-really fun and well-written. I mean, hey, I wrote it after all.
Check it out here.
I had a good discussion with James R. Schmidt on his blog about the subject of grimdark and its various manifestations. We jokingly called this our “Round Table” discussion of the a subject and got to tackle the idea of grimdark as a subject, what it means to the genre of fantasy, and whether it’s here to stay or not.
You can read the article here.
James Schmidt was awesome enough to publish this article about writing “bad guys” and I think everyone will enjoy it.
Guest blog: Everyone is the hero in their own story By C.T. Phipps author of Esoterrorism..
Urban Fantasy Investigations was kind enough to do an article with me called, “Is Dark Urban Fantasy a genre?” Which is my analysis of whether or not urban fantasy has gotten to the point it can be divided into different subgenres. Sadly, the article misspelled the title of my book in the intro but that’s a small deal.
Read the Essay Here
I was recently honored by SF Signal, today, one of the oldest and most successful fanzines on the internet, by having them post one of my articles. “The Appeal of Grimdark” is an article by me discussing, well, the appeal of Grimdark.
Available to Read Here
To me, grimdark is a state of mind and really can be achieved any multiple number of ways. Not the least bit being, “this is a situation where the point is not for the hero to make the world a better place but to simply stand up to the world, no matter how many punches is being thrown in his face.”
It’s an attitude which influenced both The Rules of Supervillainy and Esoterrorism both, though the former at least does have superheroes. They just don’t hang around in Falconcrest City. For Esoterrorism, it’s a Crapsaccharine World (thank you TV tropes.org) where the beauty and glamour of the Red Room covers up the violent power of monsters as well as how genuinely awful humanity’s ignorance is.
I hope you’ll check out my article, I had a lot of fun writing it.