Tag: Urban fantasy

This Interactive Short Story Will Make You Feel Things

Ever wanted to choose your own profound and horrifying sci-fi adventure? This article is for you.

“With Those We Love Alive” is a strange, deeply atmospheric short story, told a few pieces at a time. You are an artificer, drawn into the service of the Skull Queen. The magic is strange and tangible, and though you don’t see much of the world, you get an impression of its vastness. Live the luminous sense of listless terror made ambiance through the simple but powerful backgrounds, the eerie soundtrack, and the world’s uneasy details. Wander the palace and the city. Look on the outer world. You will be prompted to hold your breath. Look. Look away. Draw all over yourself (cue weird looks from the rest of the editorial team).

 

Please don’t judge my lack of art skills

You make many choices, shape the world, or does it shape you? The pull of the plot is inexorable, subtle. This is a land of monsters, of gruesome beauty, and unlike any fantasy world you’ve ever seen. You will come to feel trapped. You will come to realize you are terribly in love. With a sense of both choice and inevitability, walk through this place, the palace of the Skull Queen, her city, and see what it makes you. Find an ending as sudden and vibrant as the rest of the story, and etch each choice into your skin.

Eerie, gorgeous, and coolly violent, this story will stay with you long after the sigils you’re instructed to draw have faded.

Things you’ll need: headphones, a marker or pen.

See other people’s sigils here.

 

3 Independent Web Comic Serials Worth the Wait

We’re living in a golden age of graphic novels, and serials give you your comic fix while also taking you back to the days when you had to wait a month between Full Metal Alchemist chapters. Dark times. There are plenty of great platforms for web comics nowadays, but here are a few that are doing it on their own.

 

 

1. Ava’s Demon

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Sci-fi, ghosts, and a whole lot of fire – this comic has it all! Ava Ire, haunted by a malicious ghost all her life, lives on a boarding school planet for the god-emperor TITAN, until raiders attack and she’s forced to flee. When her escape goes wrong, she’s forced to make a pact with the very entity she’s been trying to resist all her life, but that’s just the beginning. Ava is a flawed character you’ll still adore, and the blend of science fiction and fantasy is seamlessly elegant. Plus the art is outrageously beautiful.

 

 

 

2. Vattu

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This is the story of Vattu, a small creature from a tribe of nomadic musicians, who are given to a colonizing empire as tribute. A servant in the palace, Vattu gets into more than she expects to when she stumbles across secret plots, cults, and strange magics. This is high fantasy at it’s best, original, high stakes, and immersive, in a world that’s not really like anything you’ve seen. The art is simple and evocative, and the plot steady and surprising.

 

 

 

3. Barbarous

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This urban fantasy centers around Persephone, a young woman who can’t control her magic. Considered a liability, she’s unemployed and couch surfing, until an attempted act of kindness and a chance encounter lead to a job that prizes her for her unruly magic and difficult personality. The world is sparse and believable, the art is stylized, and the color manages to convey urban blight without actually being monochrome. Persephone is instantly likable, and her world is seamlessly supernatural.

 

 

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to Adapt Ben Aaronovitch’s ‘Rivers of London’

Exciting news! According to Deadline  Stolen Picture, a production company set up by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, is set to adapt the epic fantasy drama novel Rivers of London. The novel by Ben Aaronovitch follows Peter Grant, a former policeman who becomes a magician’s apprentice. The series of novels follows Peter as he solves magical crimes, blending urban fantasy with crime thrillers. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have previously collaborated to make films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. They will be developing the book as a TV series, with the two expressing great excited at bringing Aaronovitch’s world to life.

 

A portrait of London covered in rivers of blood
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Ben Aaronovitch has been brought onto the series as an executive producer. Simon Pegg noted this was important for him, wanting to make sure the creator’s vision is adhered to. Often, Pegg noted, writers are treated unfairly and have their ideas stolen rather than being creative partners. Making Aaronovitch a producer of the series will make sure his vision is faithfully adapted and allow him to create his world again onscreen. Each season is intended to adapt one of the books, with the first season slated for ten episodes. Currently, the team is in the assembly aspect of the series but hopefully, Rivers of Londons will grace our screens soon! It sounds like a great project and certainly something for any urban fantasy fan.

Are you excited? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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