Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

Pleasure in Reading

As a fantasy author you’ll want to deliver your readers lots of amusement & satisfaction. But what makes a book a pleasure to read? What makes a story pleasurable? Add a few of these ingredients and you are sure to delight your audience: “Get the reader to make emotional connections with your characters…” Encourage reader …

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ten folkloric monsters

Are you looking for unusual monsters and less frequently referenced mythological beasts? Check out this list of weirder, rarer, and singularly uncommon creatures for your next fantasy inspiration. 1: Almaz The Almaz (above) are evil creatures of the forest with magical powers. The Almaz female is very beautiful with large breasts and golden hair, and …

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Windflowers 1903 John William Waterhouse

When I was a young kid, growing up in poor, post-war South London on the edges of the County of Surrey, each April we rehearsed MAY POLE DANCING. (If you wish, you can read all about my 1950s exploits in South London in the novel “The Sisterationship: A Charlatan’s Story” — a suburban folk-tale about …

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procession of elves by gwillieth

How do Elves — the veiled ones — contribute to our understanding of belief in hidden things?

Death of Prince Consort

Death dealing is our #1 form of light entertainment We’re not being entertained by the thought of confronting death. Nor are we entertained by the idea of coping with death. Or handling death. Or overcoming death. Not even about caring for those who suffered the consequences of death… no, as a species we care little …

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modizardry

Do you like novel sorcery? Do you like new-fangled wizardry? Are you a creative fantasy fiction author? If you enjoy playing with magic and conceptualizing & planning your own magical systems, and you love to give new powers and special abilities to your fictional characters, you’ll want to be part of my nifty list (below) …

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Useful alpha list of scientific words for magical abilities

Agathodemoning – asking good spirits to do our magical bidding Alchemy – changing the fundamental substance of elements (or matter) Angelspeak  – communicating with lesser deities and messengers (angels) Apotropaism & countercharms – defense against demons, ghosts, and evil sorcerers using magic Apportation or bilocation (psychic ability to be in two places or more at …

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Senses

Here’s how to “think up” new exotic senses for your fantasy characters…

What is the fluxus?

There’s nothing bonkers or avante-garde, or revolutionary about the fluxus… it’s just about blurring boundaries between art forms…