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Why aren’t you afraid?

Monsters are scary. Obviously. In movies, people are chased and more often than not, killed by them. We describe someone who does terrible things as a monster. They are our fears made flesh, terror brought to life. So why are … Continue reading

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It will all work out (Not really)

When I was nine or ten, my mother gave me a copy of The Hobbit, thinking quite rightly, that it would be the sort of story I would enjoy. When I got the riddle game with Gollum deep under the … Continue reading

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The tedium of winning

In all forms of narrative, the protagonists will suffer setbacks, lose conflicts and sometimes get captured. It’s happened repeatedly to Batman and James Bond, (their foes love a deathtrap.) Buffy lost friends, family and her great love. Han got carbon … Continue reading

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Where is the Magic?

I play D&D. A shocking admission from an author of a fantasy novel, but there you have it. Below is an article I wrote about making the game more magical. It might even make ordinary life more magical. In a … Continue reading

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