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

The Problem of Evil, Part 1 – What It Is, and Whether It Is the Fault of Others or the Choice of the Villain

This article is the first in a three part series dealing with villains and evil, along with their uses in and their effects on a story. One of the most important things that an author should know in order to write good and even great stories, readers and future writers, is that evil in fact … Continue reading The Problem of Evil, Part 1 – What It Is, and Whether It Is the Fault of Others or the Choice of the Villain