E. R. Barr's Blog

Entries for July 2012

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Conor's world is our world. Most of the action in Roan takes place in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. And yet, all things Celtic (that's Irish, Welsh and Scottish for you newbies) are present too, particularly things supernatural. There are selchies, like I mentioned before, but also Native American manitous, demons and shape-shifters. The Celtic Tuatha de Danaan, the People of the Hollow Hills are the oldest of "illegal" immigrants, and their battles, warfare, and legends become our own.

Twenty years ago I walked amid the Indian burial mounds at Effigy Mounds in Iowa. It was a warm July day and I was all alone--so I thought--walking amid the graves of the peoples of the past, a Native American culture little known or understood.

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So why does Roan kick off a different kind of fantasy? Since I was a kid, I was schooled in the fantastic worlds conjured up by C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. In fact, these three authors sketched out the basic rules and infrastructure that true fantasy should have. Those rules didn't keep me from exploring other authors, and to this day, a good fantasy tale, whether it follows the rules that these giants set forth or not, can capture me for days.

And yet, I've found something missing in the past two decades or so of fantasy writing. The wonder is mostly gone, the battle of good and evil has become humdrum and cliché. And fantasy has been hi-jacked by people with issues whether those be environmentalism, feminism, hatred-of-pure-fantasy-ism, etc.

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