Category Archives: Fantasy

Seven things you (probably) didn’t know about the Ancient Olympics

  An excerpt from “The Phantom Games”, a special anthology published to celebrate the (postponed) Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Nobody knows for certain how or why the tradition of Olympic Games began in Ancient Greece. One legend states that the mighty … Continue reading

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“Break all the Laws of the Universe” – Interview with Author Meyari McFarland

Today Excalibur Books interviews genre-spanning author Meyari McFarland, who wrote the story “Shrill of Cicada” for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic-inspired anthology, “The Phantom Games.”  Meyari McFarland Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m 53 years … Continue reading

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“Dreaming the Wolf” – An Interview with Author Douglas Smith

In this blog post Excalibur Books interviews one of the authors with a story in the forthcoming Excalibur 2020 anthology, Douglas Smith. He’s a multi-award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative … Continue reading

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Summer Steals – for August 2020!

NEWS from the House of Excalibur!  We are delighted to announce … “Machineries of Chaos”, the follow-up to “Engines of Night” in the “Dimensions Unknown” series by J P Catton, will be released on Aug 20th at the special launch … Continue reading

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The Three Great Mysteries of Japan’s Art World

A Japanese art critic once wrote: “If in the midst of (painting), a sword-cut had severed the brush, it would have bled.” From this we gather that to the Japanese artist, creating art was something vital, something religious. This force … Continue reading

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New Movie: “Hokusai” – the Secret Life of Japan’s Artistic Genius!

This month will see the release (hopefully) of a new Japanese movie (details here) exploring the unknown life of the artist Katsushika Hokusai, who lived in Japan’s late Edo period (the early 19th Century). His works, such as “The Great … Continue reading

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Warriors of Olympia: Prologue

The following is a (second draft) excerpt from “Warriors of Olympia” – to be published in the forthcoming “Dimensions Unknown 2020”! Captain Reiko Furukawa Bergman stood in full ceremonial armor, at the head of her squad of samurai guards, on … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Barbara G. Tarn

This week we have an interview from the incredibly prolific Barbara G. Tarn, whose historical fantasy “Olympia Nights” will be published in the forthcoming Olympic-themed anthology, “Tokyo 2020: Warriors of Olympia”. Could you tell us a little about yourself and … Continue reading

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Steampunk, Spies and Spiritualists: “Mr. Gregory and the Invention of God”, Episode One

THE INVENTION OF GOD Illustration by Phill Evans. Part One:  They lifted him out of his opium dreams and carried him down into the smoke of Hell – which was, he eventually realized through his struggling and sweats of terror, … Continue reading

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We Have A Patreon!

The exciting news is that we are about to relaunch our omnibus series of alternative history pulp adventure thrillers (including Steampunk, Dieselpunk and some other Punks ready to get in ya face) with striking new covers and bonus content! The … Continue reading

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