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 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?