Ledia Runnels' "World of Fantasy Fiction"











{December 31, 2012}   2012 in review

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{July 21, 2012}  

Here is the real place where the Twilight Series took place. TY for sharing your mom’s travel adventure, Erin!



{June 16, 2012}  

Thoroughly Nourished Life

Once upon a time…
In a kingdom far, far away…
There lived a brave…
There lived a beautiful…
An enchanted forest where dragons, elves, and fairies dwell surrounded the castle…

There is something about fairy tales that whispers to our soul. Across ages, pages, and the passage of time, a deeper part of ourselves recognises and identifies with the lure of once upon a time, and the promise of happily ever after.
Fairy tales amplify all the parts of human nature; the good, the bad, and the ugly become the saintly and effervescent, the wicked and evil, and the warty and weird.
Our beginnings, average and suburban, become once upon a time in a kingdom far, far away.
Our homes become castles, our challenges and fears become dragons and evil queens.
Everyday life and the steps we take to move towards our dreams are woven into quests and searches for lost…

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{June 16, 2012}  

High Concepts

I have been re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s “On Fairy Stories,” and one of the things I have wanted to take away from the essay this time around is a good, clear definition of fantasy literature. What is it that distinguishes a tale of Faerie from other kinds of tales?

Tolkien himself in the essay does not attempt to directly provide a definition: “analysis will not necessarily discover the secret of the whole.” But he does provide many of the materials and resources for such a definition. I would like to try to see if I can make good use of these in an attempt to formulate something closer to a succinct and precise definition. Here goes…

Caveat lector: as a genre, fantasy is not essentially for children. It is “a natural branch of literature.” It has sub-genres: satire, adventure, morality tale, and pure fantasy. But how to define the…

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{May 12, 2012}  

Uncanny UK

The reason I bought a Kindle a couple of weeks ago is that I’ve decided to start publishing on it! I’ve launched an imprint called Apparition, tying in with my app development work.

This first book is chock-full of some of the finest, scariest, most bizarre and fascinating true ghost encounters you’re ever likely to read. They all come from the works of George Frederick Lee, a pioneering paranornal researcher whose work is sadly neglected. There is a reason for this (as you’ll learn if you read on) but the result is that very few of his stories have gained wider currency. How the title story, about hideously transformed spirits clawing their way out of the ground to terrify an isolated farmhouse, has escaped attention before now escapes me. Most of the stories are from the UK but many are from the USA and beyond. One of my favourites comes from…

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{May 4, 2012}  

Creative Musings of Ledia Runnels

(This is a new story that I wrote this year. If you should decide to read it, I would love to hear back from each of you what you think. If all goes well, I plan to turn this into a longer work, such as a novel or feature-length screenplay. I call it a modern fairy tale…)

“Kukushka,” the babushka said. “In Russia that is what they call the woman who leaves her child for someone else to nurture.”

Alexei had heard the taunt for as far back as he could remember. “You are nothing more than the son of a cuckoo.”

Now, the remnants of the last spring rain trickled from the tattered gray sky, splattering against the picture window where he stood. A pair of cheap binoculars pressed to his eyes. The whitewater rumble of the creek made the dense forest feel like the wilderness though…

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{April 25, 2012}  

ReadingDiva's Blog

Title:Money Well Earned
Author: Joseph Nassise
Aberrations: Horror Stories
Price: $2.99 (kindle)

My first read as part of the Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon

Money Well Earned by Joseph Nassise

Review: Money Well Earned is a nicely written short horror story that mixes an urban legend with modern crime. I loved the introduction, it sort of prepares you for the sweet surprise that develops at the end. “I make my living killing things. Sometimes I kill animals. Big ones, usually. Rhinos.  Elephants. Stuff like that. More often than not, though, I kill people.” That’s an awesome introduction that sets the ground for an entertaining short ride. My only complain: I wish it was a little longer. I am adding Joseph Nassise to my list of authors to keep an eye on.

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