Always Chaotic Evil: In Defense of Orcs and Anti-Elves

Ragnarok Publications was kind enough to share a short little essay by me on my favorite misunderstood monster in fantasy: the orc. Who doesn’t love those green-skinned ne’er-do-wells? Well, apparently the gods of fantasy don’t because they always get the short end of the stick. But what is “evil” in fantasy and why must it always be the pug-looking tusked warrior races? I don’t get into it in-depth but my article talks a little about how it ties into my upcoming book Wraith Knight.

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Grimdark Magazine 6# is out with articles by me


I’m pleased to say Grimdark Magazine, a great fanzine I have a lot of respect for, has seen fit to include two articles by me in their latest publication. These are, “WHO IS THE GRIMDARK VILLAIN?” which is a sequel to a similar article by in Grimdark Magazine 5#. I also do a review of the Dishonored Definitive Edition. There’s a really great interview with Aliette de Bodard plus a round table discussion of grimdark with Tim Marquitz, Geoff Brown, Katie Cord, and Shawn Speakman. This is in addition to all the usual goodies like short stories and book reviews.

Purchase Grimdark Magazine 6#  at Grimdark Magazine’s website or on Amazon.com.

GRIMDARK MAGAZINE 5# has two articles by me

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I’m pleased to say GRIMDARK MAGAZINE, a great fanzine I have a lot of respect for, has seen fit to include two articles by me in their latest publication. These are, “WHO IS THE GRIMDARK HERO?” which analyzes what sort of protagonist is found in those types of books as well as a review of THE WITCHER 3. There’s also some really great interviews with folk like PETER ORULLIAN and JAMES A. MOORE.

Hilariously, Peter Orullian references our review of BLACKGUARDS: TALES OF ASSASSINS, MERCENARIES, AND THIEVES. Why is it hilarious? He was one of the few negative reviews I gave about the short stories therein. Oh well, Peter, we still love you and your work.

Available for purchase here and on Amazon.com.