The Fantasy Creatures Poll is now closed, and winning it all is… THE LIVING STATUE!!! As a result, I’ll attempt to write a fantasy tale featuring a living statue as the major antagonist. Additionally, since Skeleton Warriors came in just on the Living Statue’s heels, I’m planning to include them as well. An idea is […]Read More THE RESULTS OF THE FANTASY CREATURES POLL
Note: Different versions of this story have been published. I’m reviewing the one which appeared in the Swords Against Darkness anthology edited by Andrew J. Offutt (1977). The novelette “Dragons’ Teeth” (1975) by David Drake follows an expert archer and Roman Legate named Vettius who’s tasked with defending his province against an army of […]Read More “DRAGONS’ TEETH” BY DAVID DRAKE REVIEW
FEBRUARY FANTASY MONTH I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a fantasy short story from time-to-time but as yet haven’t produced one. I’m curious what readers of this site would like to see my protagonist pitted against. I’m sidelining Dragons for this poll as they are already so well-represented in countless other tales. Below is […]Read More FANTASY CREATURE POLL
FEBRUARY FANTASY MONTH I first discovered Dungeons and Dragons back in the early eighties when I received the Red Box Basic Rule Set. It instantly spurred my imagination with its infinite story crafting potential. Over the next several years I made friends who also played. We swiftly moved to using the more advanced 2nd Edition […]Read More THE TOMB OF HORROR NOVEL BY KEITH FRANCIS STROHM REVIEW
Clark Ashton Smith was an painter, poet, sculpture and writer born in 1893 in California. He had several horror, fantasy and science fiction stories published in Weird Tales and other pulp magazines of the time. This led to his developing a thriving correspondence with both H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. I particularly love Smith’s […]Read More 13 FANTASY AND HORROR TALES BY CLARK ASHTON SMITH
February Fantasy Month returns once again to Horror Delve. We’ll examine a selection of stories by the late, great Clark Ashton Smith, as well as celebrate the exciting return of our Ultimate Fantasy Lists. The previous two years have offered up both Ultimate Fantasy Weapons and Ultimate Fantasy Creatures lists. This year a new assembly […]Read More FEBRUARY FANTASY MONTH RETURNS!
I picked up a copy of the Harrow County: Countless Haints trade paperback (2015) published by Dark Horse the other day after writer Cullen Bunn made an appearance at a local comic book store (Downtown Comics). Upon discovering a spooky forest plays an integral part in the story, and that it contained a variety of […]Read More HARROW COUNTY: COUNTLESS HAINTS REVIEW
And the winner of Horror Delve’s favorite Sword and Sorcery Movie is…. THE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CONAN FILMS! Up until about a day ago it had been embroiled in a three way tie with THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY and EXCALIBUR, but I was saved from having to cast a deciding vote when someone came […]Read More THE RESULTS ARE IN!!
Last February a council of experts assembled here at Horror Delve to discuss their favorite fantasy weapons (https://horrordelve.com/2016/02/14/the-ultimate-fantasy-weapons-list/). This year another group has gathered to tell us of their favorite beasts to use such weapons against. I’ve always loved paging through Monster Manuals filled with bizarre beasts terrifying enough to send even the most stalwart of […]Read More ULTIMATE FANTASY CREATURES LIST
THE DRAGONCROWN WAR CYCLE by Michael A. Stackpole is one of my all time favorite fantasy series. I became initially hooked when, looking for free audio fantasy stories to listen to at work. I found the first 300 or so pages of FORTRESS DRACONIS available as an audio podcast on iTunes. This marketing approach worked, […]Read More THE DRAGONCROWN WAR CYCLE BY MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE REVIEW