Where Eagles Dare

As any fan of the Misfits can tell you, many (or even most) of their songs are about, or at least have titles inspired by or taken from, horror films. But “Where Eagles Dare” appears to be one of the exceptions. There is a movie called Where Eagles Dare but it’s not a horror film,Continue reading “Where Eagles Dare”

The Rotting Horse on the Deadly Ground

As my fifty-first birthday approaches I’ve been waxing nostalgic and so, at the suggestion of my sister, have laboured long and hard putting together a retrospective metal playlist to serve as a soundtrack for the coming celebrations. I wanted it to sort of tell the story of how I became a headbanger thirty-six years agoContinue reading “The Rotting Horse on the Deadly Ground”

Gift of the Unicorn: An Original Fairy Tale (Part IV)

Read Part I – Read Part II – Read Part III “No, I will not do this.” Prince Zakir was adamant. “I will not keep secrets from my wife. There has to be another way.” “There is none, my prince,” the unicorn replied sadly. “Then I must remain celibate, even if it be for theContinue reading “Gift of the Unicorn: An Original Fairy Tale (Part IV)”

Gift of the Unicorn: An Original Fairy Tale (Part III)

Read Part I – Read Part II So did the prince ride upon the unicorn’s back, far to the west, swifter than the wind, through many kingdoms and principalities, across deserts scarcely inhabited, over mountains and seas, until at last they arrived at the briar wall that enclosed the dwelling place of the legendary maiden.Continue reading “Gift of the Unicorn: An Original Fairy Tale (Part III)”

Gift of the Unicorn: An Original Fairy Tale (Part II)

Read Part I Meanwhile the legend of Geva’s beauty continued to spread throughout the land, and even to lands beyond. And with the legend of her beauty went the legend of her imprisonment behind the briar wall. So of course it wasn’t long before all manner of would-be suitors started coming from all over toContinue reading “Gift of the Unicorn: An Original Fairy Tale (Part II)”

Gift of the Unicorn: An Original Fairy Tale (Part I)

That he should come—and pass—and would not stay,The Silken-swift—the gloriously Fair!That he should come—and pass—and would not stay… ~Theodore Sturgeon There was once a farmer’s widow whose life was never ending toil. All she had ever wanted was a child of her own, but her husband had died before that dream could be realised, andContinue reading “Gift of the Unicorn: An Original Fairy Tale (Part I)”

Camp NaNoWriMo Achievement Unlocked: Night Owl Status Restored!

I take it back, NaNoWriMo.org! I’m not sure if you fixed the problem or if it fixed itself, but this time all it took was two more updates between 10PM and midnight over the past two days to get rid of that hideous mid-day flamingo and replace it with the more sensible, refined character ofContinue reading “Camp NaNoWriMo Achievement Unlocked: Night Owl Status Restored!”

My Camp NaNoWriMo Project

I’ve struggled for nearly a month over what I would make my Camp NaNoWriMo project this year, assuming I’d even participate, because part of me wanted to work on the novel I’d already started and still am nowhere near finishing, and part of me wanted to leave that on the back burner and just beginContinue reading “My Camp NaNoWriMo Project”

The Movies and Stories that Inspired Dave Arneson to Invent the Dungeon Crawl — DMDavid

Around 1971 Dave Arneson and his circle of Minneapolis gamers invented games where players controlled individual characters who grew with experience and who could try anything because dice and a referee determined the outcomes. The group tried this style of play in various settings, but Dave invented one that proved irresistible: the dungeon. Dave’s Blackmoor… TheContinue reading “The Movies and Stories that Inspired Dave Arneson to Invent the Dungeon Crawl — DMDavid”

Medieval Monday: Fire! Fire! — Allison D. Reid

Fire was crucial to survival in the Middle Ages. With electricity and gas-powered devices still far into the future, open flame was the most common source of heat for cooking, industry, and protection against the cold. Fires were a bit more difficult to set in an era before matches, particularly if everything was wet. Fire-steels, […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Fire! Fire! — Allison D. Reid”