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Laura Bulbeck

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Gothic Fantasy | Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

This week’s blog turns its attention to our Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories collection – another of the companion titles to our popular, and ever-growing, Gothic Fantasy short story anthologies. Whilst the latter combine classic fiction with exciting contemporary writers; these companion titles focus on one key author from the history of the genre.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, edgar allan poe

Gothic Fantasy | Sherlock Holmes Collection

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Today’s blog continues our look at our companion titles to our popular, and ever-growing, Gothic Fantasy short story anthologies. Whilst the latter combine classic fiction with exciting contemporary writers; these companion titles focus on one key author from the history of the genre.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, arthur conan doyle, sherlock, sherlock holmes

Gothic Fantasy | Lovecraft Short Stories

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Today’s blog is the first in a series delving into our companion titles to our popular, and ever-growing, Gothic Fantasy short story anthologies. Whilst the latter combine classic fiction with exciting contemporary writers; these companion titles focus on one key author from the history of the genre; carefully selecting and editing a range of tales, and presenting them in beautiful collectable editions.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, H.P. Lovecraft, short stories

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Murder Mayhem; Crime & Mystery

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short fiction

Gothic Horror: The Gothic Imagination

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Gothic literature has been a huge part of British history since its conception, and with Halloween around the corner, what better time to celebrate it! The British Library has just opened their exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, and it presents the evolution and spread of the Gothic genre over the 250 years it's been in existence.

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Topics: gothic dreams, British Library

Fantasy Fiction to Big Screen: Hercules

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Hulking hero Hercules is one of the most popular figures to come out of Greek mythology. He has had several incarnations over the years, being presented in literature and more recently TV and film to great success. Summer blockbuster Hercules, featuring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, is due out at the end of this week, and it has prompted me to think about some of the memorable portrayals over the years.

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Topics: myths and legends

Gothic Dreams: Apollo, A Cthulhu Book Review

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Take weird horror storyteller H.P. Lovecraft's terrifying and malevolent creation Cthulhu, and mix with the fantastical scope of Greek mythology; and what do you get? A uniquely-imagined epic adventure, with vivid storytelling and powerfully atmospheric artworks. I'm talking about the graphic novel Apollo, written by Erik von Wodtke and illustrated by Douglas A. Sirois.

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Topics: gothic dreams, greek mythology, cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft

Gothic Art: Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Stepping out of reality and into a world full of mischievous fairies, fantastic backdrops and spooky settings, Jasmine Beckett-Griffith’s art transports her viewers into a world where anything is possible.

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Topics: gothic dreams, gothic art

Dragon Art Artist: Michael Whelan

Posted by Laura Bulbeck
Dragon art connoisseur and all-around fantastic talent, Michael Whelan is, without doubt, one of the most highly regarded fantasy artists in the world today. From sword-and-sorcery to fine art, Whelan’s work is imbued with a sense of thoughtfulness, empathy and emotion that is missing from the art of many contemporary fantasy artists.

Book Cover Artist

Whelan's work has graced book covers from novelists like Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, Poul Anderson and, most famously, Anne McCaffrey, bringing both author and artist unassailable respect among fantasy devotees. He has also won countless awards and accolades for his work, which he describes as ‘communication’, in a sense being an intermediary between the author’s words, vision and intention and the expectation and understanding of the reader or viewer. This viewpoint means that the symbolism of his work is as important as the actions and events that make up the subject matter.

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Topics: fantasy art, dragon art

Fantasy Art: Ken Kelly: Master Artist

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

On a quest to experience the mythical, mystical, magical and macho all at once? Look no further than to the works of fantasy artist Ken Kelly. A work by Kelly is an invitation into the wonderful world of imagination, of warriors and dragon art, as he offers viewers a direct route into faraway places and primal battlefields that burst at the seams with vivacity.

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Topics: fantasy art, dragon art

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