Fellow seekers, I need your help as I seek the grail of great, original and independently-published fiction in ebooks and on the web.
People have been telling weird stories for as long as we’ve been huddling around fires attempting to keep the dark at bay. Our earliest stories overflow with the weird. The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey, the heroic saga of Beowulf – all are rich with fantasy. Dante, Shakespeare, Milton: give the western literary canon a good shake and weird stories come tumbling out from every direction. And today the fantasy franchise dominates the popular imagination, with tales of boy wizards, magic rings and teenage vampire romances filling page and screen as far as the eye can see.
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So. This coming Saturday I will be talking about Speculative Fiction, and why it deserves the broadest possible respect and recognition, as part of the States of Independence publishers fair at De Montfort University in Leicester. I’ve been shooting my mouth off about this subject for some time, and now I’m going to do that in a public forum and give anyone interested the chance to challenge me. I think this is going to be fun!
An introduction to speculative fiction with Damien G. Walter
Speculative Fiction is one of the oldest forms of storytelling, with writers from Homer to Shakespeare drawing on the fantastic and supernatural to explore the edges of reality. The genres of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction as well as magical realism and fabulism continue in the tradition. Damien G. Walter, writer of weird and speculative fiction and Guardian blogger gives a brief introduction to spec. fiction and why we love it.