Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

interview with Etherea magazine

An engaging Myth & Magic interview with the editor of the latest Australian speculative fiction magazine — Etherea, for science fiction and fantasy fans!

If you are presently preparing a fantasy adventure for this year’s NaNoWriMo novel writing challenge, could I encourage you to consider shifting the fashionable tropes of fantasy and flipping those worn out old stereotypes? For instance, why do wizards have to be enlightened old men? Why wise, why old, and most important, why male?  Why …

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I’m thrilled to chat with Dr Kristy Sumner of Soul Sisters Paranormal. Kristy is a qualified paranormal investigator.

This a moment of balance… where darkness has yet to replace light… and cold has yet to replace warmth…

Collective memory is the bigger and more powerful brother of folk memory and it helps explain faith and belief and a host of glorious mythologies, but collective memory (as a shared set of memories) can also help safeguard & nurture a species whose members can instantaneously & reflectively connect and synchronise with each other. We …

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New archaeology published last month about the Turkish site of Göbekli Tepe suggests the stone circles found there are not only older than the monument of Arthur’s Stone, but pre-date all similar stone monuments… that means they are among the oldest man-made stone structures on earth!

From the tales of Owain Glyndŵr, to King Arthur and his knights, this landscape has nourished creative minds across many centuries,..

Corn dolls or sometimes “corn mothers” are miraculous forms of straw fashioned from the last sheaf of cereals after a summer harvest. Therefore, these straw dolls are a noteworthy & supernatural part of the harvest customs of pastoral Europe. Some pagan cultures called these mothers “vetulas” (the Latin for “Old Woman” is vetula) though, in …

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The 2020 Olympic medal designed by Junichi Kawanishi reflects the concept that, to win glory, athletes must fight for daily victory. But who is the angel on the reverse?

Wishing is fun. It gives us a sense of calm. Wishes are used in fantasy fiction, myth and fable to “make things happen” that, of course, would never naturally happen without external influence… but what are the rules around wishing? And can wishes be bad for you?