A Shakespearian Retelling of The Three Little Pigs

This is very, very funny, readers! If you have not yet had the pleasure of watching Dry Bar Comedy, a channel where the comedians avoid cursing and foul language, then you may have missed this part of John Branyan’s act. That includes this stellar version of the classic “The Three Little Pigs” fairy tale, the … Continue reading A Shakespearian Retelling of The Three Little Pigs

Spirited Away – A Refresher on the Fairy Tale Story Pattern

Having recently seen Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastic Spirited Away* again, I was struck by something I had not noticed before. It is a minor detail, one the story takes for granted, and so it is easy to miss. This is especially the case in a day and age where the fairy tale has largely been either … Continue reading Spirited Away – A Refresher on the Fairy Tale Story Pattern

Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

There are writers who dislike how Professor Tolkien’s magnum opus is considered the last word in modern fantasy. Most of their argument revolves around how present authors in the field of fantasy ignore shorter action/adventure tales in the “pulp” format of fantasy for epics that practically copy and paste from The Lord of the Rings.* … Continue reading Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Bulletin: A New Story Revealed – in Storyhack Magazine, Issue Seven!

More good news has arrived, readers! As of May 14, 2021, I have had a short story published in Storyhack Magazine*! If you crack open their latest issue – Storyhack Magazine Issue Seven – you will find my tale “Scylla’s Lair” which begins on page 89! It takes a familiar fairy tale, adds a dash … Continue reading Bulletin: A New Story Revealed – in Storyhack Magazine, Issue Seven!