Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The Familiar's Four Gems, a Miscellany (Issue 8)


SPITTLEDRUM, the Four-eyed Demon, has scoured the internet for new eyes: four sword-and-sorcery gems! Illustration provided by Mustafa Bekir.

"The Familiar's Four Gems will be posted intermittently. It is a curated list of old and new digital resources for amateur sword and sorcery writers and readers; it will occasionally provide short reviews where appropriate. If you have something you would like to include, contact us. -JRC

Rakehell Magazine: Issue 1 Now Available: "Rakehell: a modern magazine of swashbuckling adventure! Rakehell hearkens back to the classic adventure heroes of yesteryear, like Robin Hood, the Three Musketeers, and Horatio Hornblower. We love today’s fictional rogues; Locke Lamora, Inigo Montoya, and Indiana Jones would all fit in here."

So I'm Writing a Novel (Podcast, Ep. 44): Interview with David C. Smith (Part 1): Interview with sword and sorcery author, David C. Smith, author of Oron, Tales of Attluma, Sometime Lofty Towers, and many more.

The Cromcast (Podcast): Howard Days 2022 - The Glenn Lord Symposium: "Hile, Cromrades! For this episode, we present another recording from Howard Days 2022! This recording from Friday, June 10th includes academic papers delivered by Drs. Dierk Guenther, Gabriel Mamola, and James McGlothlin. The panel is moderated by Dr. Jason Ray Carney."

The Las Angeles Review of BooksReading Sword-and-Sorcery to Make the Present Less Real: "CAN WE JUSTIFY reading fiction to make the present less real? In our modern attempts to defend the practical value of fiction reading, have we overlooked how the practice provides a valuable form of understimulation, an inoculation against an illness-inducing reality?"

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