Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

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What is the difference between an audio book, a podcast, and an audio drama? I chat with Bibi, who is able to make the differences easy to understand… English writer BIBI BERKI is one half of a creative association called “Tempest Productions” which she co-founded with actor Mark Lingwood to make original audio dramas and …

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Ghost In The Mirror

Mirrors are portals to other dimensions … let’s start with that thought before studying liminality, pareidolia, and the art of scrying —

Be Like Bosch

Surrealism, with its emphasis on spontaneous, automatic, or subconscious creation, has always been the best place to find the most terrifying yet believable monsters… here are 5 techniques to help you create surreal monsters —

Neuschwanstein

Europeans coexist with history in a way that establishes a special fusional relationship between fact and fable. Neuschwanstein blurs the boundaries of what is “real” and what is “magical” —

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The Dark Lord Trope

— and why you should use the “banality of evil” to create your Demon King The jury is still out on whether you should use a Dark Lord archetype in your fantasy fiction. Most say the argument is this: if it’s good enough for Tolkien and good enough for Rowling, it should be good enough …

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Myth & Magic Wildflowers Podcast

Herbarium of Magical Wildflowers discussed in the weekly Myth and Magic Podcast Anemone — Episode 28 Belladona — Episode 05 Betony — Episode 26 Blackberry — Episode 08 Bluebell — Episode 29 Bulrush — Episode 09 Chili Pepper — Episode 02 Daffodil — Episode 25 Fat Hen — Episode 04 Henbane — Episode 33 Hops …

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Blackguarduiker

Folklore and fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kit-bag. Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there’s weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too, plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables …

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Using the wonder-equation in your fantasy fiction

Witch Queen from Sneewittchen, Scholz Künstler-Bilderbücher Public Domain

Folklore and fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kit-bag. Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there’s weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too, plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables …

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