45 episodes

Folklore and fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag. Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too, plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

Myth and Magic Neil Mach

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Folklore and fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag. Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too, plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

    Elementals

    Elementals

    What is an elemental? Who was Paracelsus? Plus, how to be sure a witness had a ghostly experience. And, what are wulvers? Do they have anything to do with the beast of Bray Road?

    • 15 min
    Aesthetics in Fantasy Fiction

    Aesthetics in Fantasy Fiction

    What are nervimotional staples? And why, perhaps, aesthetics are worth considering when writing compelling characters. Plus, how to create persuasive magical realism. And visit the mystical Rollrights to see where witch Ursula Soothtell turned a King and his men into stone

    • 18 min
    Firedrake

    Firedrake

    How and why are dragon paths connected to tumuli? Who or what is goblinoid? Where do Tommyknockers originate? And what is a firedrake?

    • 28 min
    Bardo

    Bardo

    Look at paracosms and also the bardo and ask what F.P.P. is and why having a fantasy-prone personality will help you build compelling worlds. Also study the locus amaneus and learn why you should incorporate this literary device into your fantasy project

    • 21 min
    definition of witch

    definition of witch

    What is a witch? Learn how to identify types of witches. Where does the Middle English word wicche originate? What is wicca? Who or what is the horned god? Who or what is mother earth? Who was Cernunnos?

    • 23 min
    Where fantasy begins

    Where fantasy begins

    Where does fantasy begin? This week we examine the effect of liminality and ask, what is a recognition threshold? Also, when will the crossing to another world occur? And what does this have to do with rites of passage?

    • 26 min

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