My love of fantasy didn’t start with the venerable pipe smoking Hobbit so loved by many. No, my love was forged in the dankest dungeons. Tested by hideous beasts and malevolent creatures; Mind Flayers, Beholders, and Displacer Beasts. The adventure of Sword and Sorcery was where my imagination flourished. Barbarians, Sorceresses, Thieves, and Assassins, adventuring through hostile jungles and exotic cities excited me.
Returning to Fantasy as an adult I found it lacking, a barren wasteland of boring faux literary pretentiousness. Magazines filled with story after story of pointless naval gazing or countless re-imaging of fairy tale classics. I almost gave up on the whole genre, dwelling in the world of mystery and thrillers for entertainment.
Then I came across several blogs discussing The Pulp Revolution and Appendix N. I wasn’t alone in my dislike of modern Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Not only did I find others that felt the same, I found a new movement to break away from the stale pseudo-lit cancer that has gripped Fantasy and Science Fiction with its Lich-like hands.
So, I am excited to read this book. Use it as a starting point to re-read some old classics and find stuff from the past. I hope that going back to the origins of the type of Fantasy I love will help me focus my own writing and allow me to contribute towards an adventurous revival in the 21st century.
APPENDIX N: A LITERARY HISTORY OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS is a detailed and comprehensive investigation of the various works of science fiction and fantasy that game designer Gary Gygax declared to be the primary influences on his seminal role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. It is a deep intellectual dive into the literature of science fiction’s […]