Darkness versus “The Light” – We need to twist things up more.

Image by ipicgr from Pixabay One of the most overdone tropes in fantasy, ever, is the concept of 'dark bad' and 'light good'. I'm so utterly tired of it, and I bet much of the world is as well. Yes, humans are a diurnal species and trust the sun to be 'good' for us. It…

Why are Vampires so sexy?!

Art of my character by this artist! Love or hate sexy vampires, they exist, and they have a huge impact on the paranormal genre. We all know the answer to the question above. It's due to the haunting allure of vampires, and there's a huge amount of 'sexual fixations' (Like my euphemism for 'fetish'?) surrounding…

Why Liminal Spaces have a soft spot in horror for me & in Defense of adding Monsters to the Backrooms

The Backrooms. I cover lore on this, check out my tiktok. Gods, I love liminal spaces. I tend to talk about them a lot, and may have an article similar to this somewhere... wait... let me search... nope, nothing comes up when I look up 'liminal'. I've written so many articles that sometimes I need…

Build a Vampire for nearly ALL magical settings – including MMORPG roleplay (Yes, this means World of Warcraft & FFXIV); How I take Vampires with me everywhere (Games & Writing)

Art credit of my character Goliath to this artist! It's no secret that I absolutely love vampires, and if there's a magical universe I either write or play a video game in, I will find some way to create them if there isn't already established lore. Heck, I can pull this even if there is…

Wait… I DO write sci-fi!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay For the longest time, I denied really enjoying sci-fi, because there's plenty of tropes and things in the genre that don't interest me. As it turns out, however, I actually have a strong love for it, but not anything involving spaceships. I'm not a huge fan of the setting…

Monster Biology – Yay or Nay? (Magic v. Biology to explain your lore)

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay I adore these two things: magic and biology. Honestly, the two go hand in hand. After all, Biology is magic to me. However, sometimes people in fantasy explain their monsters with 'it's just magic!' without really looking into the biological aspects of it, because you can do pretty much…

5 Fun Ideas for Technomancy!

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay The marriage of sci-fi and fantasy is technomancy-- or the magical modification or use of tech. It's a concept I enjoy, because the idea of blending sci-fi and fantasy is fun. However, I prefer leaning far more into the fantasy aspect, with technology influenced by said magic. Therefore, technomancy…

Put that Weapon Down -ways to avoid using overpowered modern weapons in Urban Fantasy

Image credit here! Urban fantasy has its fun points, but it can also get a little bit annoying to balance magic and technology. Questions often come up on: "Why use magic when you can use tech?" and such like that. I've been told that's why cyberpunk + fantasy might not work as well, however I…

5 Ideas for Utilizing Social Media in an Urban Fantasy Setting

Picture credit here! Social media is a huge part of our lives in the modern era. Below I've shared some graphs for active twitter and Facebook users, some of the biggest social media websites in the world. I myself use Twitter quite frequently to both share my feelings and promote my writing. It's important for…

5 Ideas for Redeeming a Villain and turning them into an ANTIHERO!

Art credit of Robert Smoke here! I absolutely love antiheroes, and it's a trope I consistently use in every novel I write. There's just something about bad guys double crossing other bad guys and joining the heroes that I adore. This can also go hand-in-hand with the enemies-to-lovers ship, another one that I adore. In…