Saturday, December 10, 2022

L. Frank Baum and the Wonder of Oz

  By Kenny Chumbley   He saw his story as a “modernized fairy tale,” but he put no fairies in it. He meant it to be without...

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of Fantasy

  By Kenny Chumbley In October 1936, a manuscript for a children’s book arrived at the office of the London publisher Allen & Unwin. Stanley Unwin,...

Charles Kingsley : “Tomfoolery with a Serious Purpose”

  By Kenny Chumbley   No one familiar with Victorian literature would rate Charles Kingsley’s books among the very best except, maybe, his children’s fantasy, The Water-Babies. Charles Kingsley...

The Bone-Crushers – By Jeanne Farewell

    They did not just crush them: they ate them.  Some of the bones were of animals from the slaughterhouse; others were human bones from...

The Cloak of Invisibility – By Dustin Pickering

  Poets often reflect that poetry emerges from the character of the poet.  As Americans are awash in the forces of contemporary life, there is...

George MacDonald and Fantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

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C. S. Lewis and Narnia

  By Kenny Chumbley It is often the case that children are introduced to the genius of C. S. Lewis through his fantasy series, The Chronicles...

Grandeur – By George Angel

    I have lost my dignity. Though my wife mourns it daily, is appalled, I say, "Good riddance!" I sit hunched over and receive the minutes, let...

Time to Rise – Cli-Fi and the Responsibility of New Visions – By Jim...

  Cli-Fi cuts too close to home. Climate Fiction isn’t exactly speculative fiction or science fiction. It is the right here, right now. Our destructiveness...

My Journey as an Artist & Art Instructor – Cynthia Yatchman

  I was lucky enough to grow up in a household that supported and practiced the arts. I went to  elementary school at a time when...

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