Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Goblin nightmares

Did you know the -mare in "nightmare" meant goblin?

I'll bet whoever came up with these guys did:
(that is a big squig)

The Indo-European roots section of my desk dictionary (AH4) also tells me that the root mer- is also the source of, PREMORSE (an awesome word I didn't know--shame it doesn't mean 'regretting something before you do even it'), AMARANTH, MORBID, and possible MURDER, FOMORIAN, and MANTICORE.

Not to mention MURRAIN and MORTGAGE.

Have I mentioned that I love dictionaries?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Watch this Space for Apes

My name was picked in a drawing for review copies of Evil Hat's Khan of Mars and King Khan.

These appear to be stories of a learned ape known to visit, or to once have visited, Mars.

That is pretty much the raddest thing I've ever heard of. I'm looking forward to reading them and telling you whether I think you should fling some of your ape-dollars Evil Hat's way.

Here's a pretty sweet looking cover:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

At first frost the veil between worlds is thin as mist

In Boise this morning the spirits of the dead have left their frozen breath everywhere on the fading leaves.

(Matt Fox, from here.)

Keep your dreams well bottled these evenings, for the elves and witchkin are hungry for them.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

House of Thurds

Thurd was a green martian city, enemy of the Torquasian horde. A remnant of an interplanetary expedition of antediluvian date survives in the local wilds and has of late joined with the red apemen and their beast-slaves to menace the defenseless villagers.

Who will stop them? You, and your pallid flabbiness and your rakes and sharpened sticks?

(This is just some half-assed mood setting for my next sesh--but do feel free to read it as political allegory--uh, but it doesn't really match up to anything.)

Here's a Thark as drawn by Mahlon Blaine: