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Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference: An Indispensible Compendium of Myth and Magic


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Publisher:Writers Digest Books, 1998



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Featuring an introduction by megabestselling author Terry Brooks, The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference is an A to Z coverage of the realm of the fantastic, offering writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror and historical fiction vivid and detailed descriptions of the legendary humans, animals, societies and religions that make this genre exciting and imaginative.

Using comprehensive lists, charts, illustrations, and timelines, writers can access complete information on:
-- pagan orders, secret societies, witchcraft and the rites and rituals of magic
-- detailed profiles of fantastic societies and the increasingly popular ancient civilizations, from Inca and Aztec to Egypt and the Far East
-- medieval trades, occupations, laws and punishments
-- dragons, naiads, kelpies and other creatures of myth and fantasy
-- legendary races, including elves, dwarfs, giants and more
-- a detailed "Anatomy of a Castle", describing the forms and functions of everything from barbicans to trebuchets.

This one-of-a-kind guide also offers advice on style and structure, with tips on how to weave these elements into a narrative that is compelling, fresh and wildly fantastic.

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