Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference: An Indispensible Compendium of Myth and Magic

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Fantasy writing must be grounded in both truth and life experience if it is to work.

It can be as inventive and creative as the writer can make it, a whirlwind of images and plot twists, but it cannot be built on a foundation of air.

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Overview

Fantasy writing must be grounded in both truth and life experience if it is to work.

It can be as inventive and creative as the writer can make it, a whirlwind of images and plot twists, but it cannot be built on a foundation of air.

The world must be identifiable with our own, must offer us a frame of reference we can recognize.”.
--Terry Brooks

This is your complete guide to the realm of the fantastic.
Whether you write science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance or historical fiction, here you’ll find the factual information you need to construct a fantasy world full of wonder, imagination and spellbinding detail.

From fabled creatures to occult religions, every page of this intriguing guide reveals the hidden realities of all things mystical, mythical and supernatural.

Featuring charts, lists, illustrations and timelines, each chapter focuses on a different facet of fantasy, including:
  • Pagan orders, secret societies, witchcraft and the rites and rituals of magic
  • Detailed profiles of fantastic societies and ancient civilizations, from the Incas and Aztecs to Egypt and the Far East
  • Medieval trades, occupations, laws and punishments
  • Dragons, naiads, kelpies and other creatures of myth and fantasy
  • Legendary races, including elves, dwarfs, giants and more
  • A comprehensive look at the “Anatomy of a Castle,” describing the forms and functions of everything from barbicans to trebuchets
This guide also goes well beyond standard reference books, offering sound advice on the writing styles and structures of this complex genre, with important tips on how to weave the elements of fact and fantasy into an absorbing narrative.

Fascinating and authoritative, The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference is the resource you need to create fiction that is compelling, fresh and wildly fantastic.
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Editorial Reviews

Elaine Barbieri
An exceptional book! As a romance writer, I found it uniquely invaluable. As a fantasy writer, I found it indispensible. I loved it!
Kim Guarnaccia
An indispensible reference guide of historical and cultural facts, rites, races and creatures, for both the fantasy and historical writer.
Booknews
Begins with traditional--Medieval European--fantasy cultures and surveys other cultures throughout the world that could offer a framework for creating fantasy. Then discusses magic; witchcraft and pagan paths; commerce, trade, and law in contemporary fantasy; races; creatures of myth and legend; dress and costume; arms, armor, and armies; and the anatomy of a castle. No bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898798661
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Traditional Fantasy Cultures 4
2 World Cultures 31
3 Magic 64
4 Witchcraft and Pagan Paths 101
5 Commerce, Trade and Law in Contemporary Fantasy 132
6 Fantasy Races 154
7 Creatures of Myth and Legend 171
8 Dress and Costume 191
9 Arms, Armor and Armies 205
10 Anatomy of a Castle 235
Index 263
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