Orcs! If any fantasy race epitomizes battle fodder for the armies of darkness, it’s orcs. Most of you are probably picturing a mob of grotesquely savage humanoids with bulging muscles beneath their green, gray or black skin. Their weapons and armor are rough and jagged, reflective of their brutish warring civilation. They usually serve some … More A Requiem for Manitoba: The Orcs of Impworld/Otherworld
I was engaged in a Facebook discussion the other day and someone asked me how I could justify writing fiction as a Christian. I mentioned that God is the Creator and we’re made in His image, so creative expression is part of that. I also mentioned how craftsmen and artisans were employed in the building … More Has Christian Fiction Abandoned Its Biblical Foundation?
Believe it or not, this September 28th will be the fifth anniversary of the publication of my first book Johnny Came Home. For those of you who haven’t yet read this book, this is the action-packed tale of kids who develop super powers and a fictional town here in my home state of West Virginia. … More A Goodreads Book Giveaway and a Few Other Things
I stumbled across the original trailer for Johnny Came Home today. This was my very first try at a book trailer. I don’t think I did too badly. There are days where I miss the original book cover. I may do a third cover that more closely resembles the first.
I wrote a post recently in which I called out Lorehaven over their decision to distance themselves from the word ‘geek’ in favor of appealing to fans of speculative fiction genres that geeks have carried the torch for until the genres and geek culture in general became popular in recent times. I thought it was … More The Realmies Strike Back: Lorehaven and Why Geek Matters Part 2
Yes, my action figures are cherry E. Stephen Burnett, editor of the forthcoming Lorehaven magazine, has written a post over at SpeculativeFaith.com called “Should Christian Fans Call Ourselves ‘Geeks’?” Lorehaven is a joint venture of SpeculativeFaith.com and Splickety, announced at the most recent Realm Makers confetence. Basically, it’s a free magazine for speculative fiction fans … More Lorehaven and Why Geek Matters
It’s been a while since I wrote a post here at my author blog, so I apologize. In my defense, I’ve been busy writing. Soulbright is nearly complete and ready for the editing phase. I’ve also been researching for a few non-fiction books. More on that some other time. Someone asked me the other day … More Advice I’ll Never Take
This rant is dedicated to Mark Carver (admittedly only “a casual superhero and comics fan”) and his superhero hit piece, “Mediocre Times,” over at SpeculativeFaith.com, a website whose pretentious analysis of geek cuilture and speculative fiction is progressively wearing thin. In “Mediocre Times,” “edgy” Christian speculative fiction author Mark Carver comments on an article published on NBCNews.com titled “What … More Why the World Needs a Superman
The very first thing a character says in a book often sets the tone for how the reader views them. Sometimes its misleading. Other times its simply a taste of what that character’s about. Just for fun, I thought I’d showcase the first lines from some of the characters in Luckbane: Jarrod Seventhborn aka Luckbane, … More First Lines: Luckbane
In a recent post, Christian supernatural fiction author Mike Duran* has written that affirming Christian geek culture poses problems. Two problems, to be specific, but we’ll get to that. He begins by noting a glut of online communities catering to geeks in response to the “ascension of geekdom in the broader culture.” What can we … More Affirming Christian Geek Culture