Do you know what "Colophon" means? If you love books and words, you might enjoy learning these 25 rare bookish words.
What is gaslamp fantasy?
Gaslamp fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that combines elements of Gothic horror, urban fantasy and historical fiction. Technically, that is true, but it doesn't paint a useful picture of what gaslamp fantasy is. To be more specific, Gaslamp books usually take place in settings inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian period, especially the United … Continue reading What is gaslamp fantasy?
Alternative Words for Wand
Fantasy has a fascinating array of alternative words for wand. Interestingly, many of the words are used in different way to their dictionary definitions and I've found it hard to find much information. So I put together my own list of definitions I've learned from years of reading fantasy and mythology. There aren't as many … Continue reading Alternative Words for Wand
What are crossroads demons?
In pop culture, the concept of a crossroads demon has sprung up in recent years, perhaps particularly inspired by Supernatural, where they are explicitly named as a special type of demon. The concept has always fascinated me, so I wanted to delve into answering the question “what are crossroads demons?” and explore the history of … Continue reading What are crossroads demons?
Fairy versus Faerie, and other names for the Fae
Fairies have a lot of names and there a lot of ways just to spell the word. When it comes down to Fairy versus Faerie, what is the difference? Fairy comes ultimately from the Latin fata, “the fates” - the group of Roman goddesses who decided the fate of mortals. The Roman goddesses multiplied in … Continue reading Fairy versus Faerie, and other names for the Fae
Review: Mortal Skin & Forgotten Vows by Lily Mayne
I was kindly given an ARC copy of Forgotten Vows by Lily Mayne, book 2 of her Folk series. Forgotten Vows directly follows Mortal Skin, and continues where last books cliffhanger left off. These are an MM romance series focusing on Faeries. A single book review seemed like it'd just be confusing - so I … Continue reading Review: Mortal Skin & Forgotten Vows by Lily Mayne
Why does iron hurt fairies?
Fairy lore has become one of my favourite things to research, and I have also been enjoying the breadth of portrayals of Faeries / Fairies in pop culture. It made me come back to an old topic that most people in the English speaking world (and many beyond it) probably know, to ask a question. … Continue reading Why does iron hurt fairies?
Why did Netflix’s Q-Force flop so hard?
Q-Force is a 2021 adult animated comedy, created by Gabe Liedman, which began airing on Netflix in September 2021. On the surface, Q-Force should have been a hit. It follows the Queer Force, a group of LGBTQ+ superspies fighting both criminals and homophobia within the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), a fictional intelligence agency. Q-Force features … Continue reading Why did Netflix’s Q-Force flop so hard?
11 Different Types of Gods in Mythology
I love creating pantheons. I've made enough of them over time, and when worldbuilding, it is near the top of my list of worldbuilding essentials. Right after magic systems. But I've sat there scratching my head more than once, questioning what different types of gods are absolutely essential for a pantheon. There are certain types … Continue reading 11 Different Types of Gods in Mythology
10 Greek Mythology Gifts for Geeks
I'd like to say I'm an expert on Greek mythology gifts. After all, I basically just have to write down my own list to Santa and we're there! Mythology is one of my real passions in life. Greek mythology is a personal favourite, ever since I picked up my first storybook. Disney's Hercules fanned those … Continue reading 10 Greek Mythology Gifts for Geeks