I started this post as a “Top 10” list of my favourite fantasy villains. I wanted a quick sum up of my favourites, something to try to explain what I like in a good villain. I wanted a quick post that would generate some hits, and maybe even some senseless ire from people whose favourite … More Why do we Crave a Good Bit of Villainy?
After a long delay, I’m pleased to announce that a brand new short story set in the Legacy of Ash is now available! This one is set in the imperial city of Tyrant, where rebels called the Hounds of Tyrant are fighting against the oppression of Prince Ternoryn Curassi. The Hounds have been given … More The Sullen Feather
Well, here it is, I’m pleased to announce that a short story of mine is in this new book. Lone Wolf is an anthology of 11 different short stories from 8 fantastic writers. Each story focuses on outsiders, the anti-social, or the misunderstood. Characters on the fringes, outside of the norm, and in most cases, … More the Lone Wolf Anthology
It’s been a while since I’ve read anything as original (and yet still somehow familiar) as ‘The Vagrant’ by Peter Newman. Set in a futuristic dystopia where unnatural, abstract demons prowl a broken landscape in search of…food? No, not just food…living beings to inhabit and manipulate? The seven angelic beings who are the last hope … More Review: ‘The Vagrant’ by Peter Newman
#amwriting James and I have been relatively quiet recently as we put the finishing touches on the very first Legacy of Ash anthology, featuring several exclusive tales by each of us. Each story will be set in and around Serpentine, City of Orphans, a sweltering port city struggling to outgrow its lawless reputation. You’ll encounter … More Serpentine, City of Orphans
Q – You and James have a world you co-created. Can you tell us a bit about that process? How do you decide who will take on what parts of the world, how is the Legacy divided? The world itself evolved quite organically, derived partially as the setting of a homebrew RPG, and partially from … More An Interview with Christopher Æsc Adams, Legacy of Ash Co-creator
Alright, so I’m pleased to say that I’ve recently finished another whole edit on a Legacy of Ash manuscript. It’s a full novel here, or at least that’s what I am working towards. This is also about the third or fourth solid, straight read-through edit I’ve done. It was, before this last edit, sitting around … More Editing Was Supposed to Make It Smaller
So, I’ve been doing some editing, some rewriting, going back through a ton of old notes when I stumbled on this little piece. I wrote this before Chris and I had really developed what the old Rukaran society was like, so parts of this may change. This was an personal exercise for me, a way to … More Cast the First Stone
Alright, I think enough time has passed that we can talk about a certain character’s death without needing to say SPOILERS…wait, maybe not. I’m going to mention some pretty beloved characters’ deaths in this one. You’ve been warned. **SPOILERS – Star Wars, Game of Thrones, & Shannara (books, and possibly season 2)** Alright, still … More Heroes Die Trying
We are pleased to announce the release of “Swords for Hire”, a western-themed anthology that features three exclusive new Legacy of Ash tales: ‘Weeping Stone’ & ‘Cowards of the Setting Sun’ by James Downe, and ‘Plaincrow’ by Christopher Æsc Adams. The anthology explores fantasy on the frontier, in the tradition of Joe Abercrombie’s “Red Country”. Tribal … More Swords for Hire is now available!