The Mother of the Beast

During the course of A Gathering of Ravens, Grimnir repeatedly boasts of his lineage: he is the son of Bálegyr; "Bálegyr of the Eye," he crows, "son of Ymir, champion of the Sly One and master of the wolf ships of the kaunar!"  His pride in his sire is almost palpable -- even though he has…

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The True Face of Grimnir

A while back, I posted about the Four Faces of Grimnir -- four artistic representations of what Grimnir may have looked like.  Well, this morning I stumbled across an actual photograph of my profane and savage protagonist.  It's not a perfect likeness, but it's got more right going for it than wrong.  Here's how I…

Escapist History*

Robert E. Howard once wrote: “There is no literary work, to me, half as zestful as rewriting history in the guise of fiction.” For my own part, I would agree – but with a single caveat. To me, there is no literary work half as zestful as rewriting history in the guise of fantasy. It…