Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

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How does it feel to be forced to wear cast offs? Due to poverty, the worldwide demand for second-hand clothing is on the rise Buying clothes at charity jumble sales was extremely common in the 1970s  Doug, my closest friend from that period, had a talent for finding second hand deals on market stalls Doug …

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Hi listeners, readers and authors! I’m overjoyed to be celebrating 100 episodes of Myth & Magic and I thank each and every one of nearly 6,000 listeners who have tuned-in! We reach Episode 100 on Wednesday 22 September… hip-hip hooray! Don’t forget, the show goes out every Wednesday. As part of this week’s centennial festivities …

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

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 —

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” —

How to give a great #podcast interview. How to guest on a podcast. How to reach new readers on a podcast. #amwriting

— 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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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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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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