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Elle Lewis geeks out with fantasy author, David McDaniel!

Why do you like SF/F? What book got you hooked in the genre?
The Sword of Shannara most likely. Lord of the Rings directly afterward. Shh little secret. I read the Hobbit many years before that and it did not hook me into fantasy. I remember at the time thinking it was a kid’s book. Which I know it really was written for Tolkein’s kids, but I didn’t like it.In high school I read Michael Moorcock’s Elric books because I loved the Black Soulsucking sword Stormbringer.

What is your favorite book to film adaptation and why?
I guess it would have to be The Lord of the Rings because it is done so well. I really can’t say that for Game of Thrones though. Don’t get me wrong, I love both the books and the HBO series, but the books have so much detail in them, the story lines go so deep and the HBO series, as good as it is, misses so much. I really don’t know how anyone who hasn’t read the books can really know what is going on.
If you could live in a fictional world, which would you choose and why…
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Elle Lewis geeks out with Michael Sturgis!

Why do you like SF/F?
​SF/F - good SF/F - hurts.  It makes me ache.  When I come to the end of a title, and have to close the door on the world that I was visiting, I immediately feel homesick.  Then comes the longing, as I'm forced to wait for the next in the series to (hopefully) be published.  The genres wouldn't hurt if I didn't love them.  I like SF/F for the secret loves that they're able to spark in me.


What book got you hooked in the genre?
WIZARD'S FIRST RULE by Terry Goodkind


What is your favorite book to film adaptation and why?
My answer to this wouldn't be very original. I'm sure Peter Jackson would jump to mind for many Fantasy readers.


I'd rather answer this question in reverse: my favorite film to book adaptation.  The answer is PAN'S LABYRINTH.  The movie is of course breathtaking.  Images and creatures from that film burn into your brain with the very first viewing.  Over the summer, Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke successfully man…

Frankenstein

REMEMBER, THAT I AM THY CREATURE; I OUGHT TO BE THY ADAM; BUT I AM RATHER THE FALLEN ANGEL, WHOM THOU DRIVEST FROM JOY FOR NO MISDEED. EVERYWHERE I SEE BLISS, FROM WHICH I ALONE AM IRREVOCABLY EXCLUDED. I WAS BENEVOLENT AND GOOD; MISERY MADE ME A FIEND. MAKE ME HAPPY, AND I SHALL AGAIN BE VIRTUOUS.


People often ask me, "what do you have tattooed on your arm?" My response is always the same— "It's a passage from my favorite book, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein."

How can a book impact someone so much that they would want to permanently have the words inked into their skin? I'd like to share why. But, its very personal. And sad. And dark. But sometimes, dark things are beautiful. They connect us. Remind us why light and love are precious.

I immediately felt a connection with the creature in Frankenstein. I'm not going to recap the book. But, if you haven't read it, you should. It's beautiful, utterly beautiful, in the saddest way that… illustrates t…

Cave of Swallows, A King of The Ghouls origin story.

Cave of Swallows
(A King of The Ghouls Origin story)




Part 1
The Decent


David tugged on the repelling line, the muscles in his arms bunching. A fine sheen of sweat coated his skin.
          "See?" he said. "Sturdy as hell. You're not going to fall."
Evelyn peered over the edge, taking in the enormously wide circumference of the cave. It cut into the surrounding forest, a huge mouth determined to gobble up the sky and everything in it.
          She frowned.
Their guide, Winston, nodded to her encouragingly, his dark eyes like chocolate jewels under the brim of a faded baseball cap.
          "I wish we would have vacationed with our friends along the coast," Evelyn stated unhappily.
          David smiled, blue eyes sparkling. "Where is the adventure in that?"
          "Touring the country, seeing the beach, that is the type of adventure I want, rather than jumping into a cave that literally looks like the gateway to hell."
          Davi…