Category Archives: Mythology

The Mysterious Kamisama of Japanese Mythology

A quick guide to the main players in the Japanese mythical pantheon (who also appear in the YA Science Fantasy series “Sword, Mirror, Jewel”).                                 … Continue reading

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The Tengu: Friend or Foe?

Their red-faced masks with the phallic noses can be found everywhere in Japan, from souvenir shops to festival stalls to cheap izakaya pub-restaurants (one chain is even named after them) to packets of beef jerky. But who exactly are … … Continue reading

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July Science Fiction & Fantasy Free Book Bonanza!

Until July 21st, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Bonanza website is offering gems such as these: “Penumbra” by Nazri Noor  Dustin Graves died in a ritual sacrifice … and then awoke in the eldritch city of Valero, a wellspring … Continue reading

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Interview: Award-winning Author Charles Kowalski

ANNOUNCING the latest addition to Excalibur Books! Charles Kowalski writes both adult thrillers, and fantasy for younger readers. His debut thriller, MIND VIRUS, won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Award and was a finalist for the Killer Nashville … Continue reading

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Top Ten Urban Fantasy Adventure Books

Excalibur Books publish Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction – and today we’re going to look at one of our favorite subgenres, Urban Fantasy – and some of the leading authors and books in that field. For regular news of the … Continue reading

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H P Lovecraft, Godzilla, Sadako, and the Universe of Cosmic Horror

Excalibur Books is currently running the Zoe Drake Haunted Summer Campaign, promoting her novel “The Mists of Osorezan” with a series of giveaways and discounts. “The Mists of Osorezan” has been described as “a story of Cosmic Horror … that … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of Osorezan

What is the mysterious location in northern Japan known as ‘Osorezan’? Why does it have such an enigmatic reputation? Experience its eerie, uncanny atmosphere for yourself … with this excerpt from Zoe Drake’s supernatural thriller, “The Mists of Osorezan”!   … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Japan’s Three Imperial Treasures

(ABOVE: Artist’s impression of the Sanshu no Jingi) As a tie-in to the “Sword Mirror Jewel” Giveaway, we look at the sword, mirror and jewel of the trilogy’s title, known in Japanese language as the Sanshu no Jingi, and their … Continue reading

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J-Horror meets H. P. Lovecraft – in “The Mists of Osorezan”!

The following is an excerpt from the novel “The Mists of Osorezan”, a supernatural thriller written by Zoe Drake.  Synopsis: It begins with a series of unconnected mysteries … Aomori, Japan: A young girl dies during the testing of a revolutionary … Continue reading

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“The Sakura Strategy”

EXCERPT FROM THE “SWORD, MIRROR, JEWEL” FANTASY TRILOGY BASED ON JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY: We soon entered the bustling streets of the second block of Aioicho, in the Honjo district, and looked out cautiously upon the soiled, transient beauty of the Low … Continue reading

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