Essays, Articles, and Musings

Genre Studies

In this series of articles, B.K. takes a closer look at the history of speculative fiction genres, what binds them together, and what sets them apart.

The Fantasy Genre

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In this series of three articles, we take a look at the origin, history, and sub-genres of fantasy literature.  Part One covers the history of the genre.  Part Two looks at the main sub-genres.  Part Three examines the more niche sub-genres.

The History of
Science Fiction

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As broad in scope as B.K.’s series on the fantasy genre was, exploring all that is encompassed by the name Science Fiction is an undertaking of epic proportions!  Like daring explorers setting out to discover uncharted worlds, we take the first steps into a future full of opportunities!

Everything ‘Punk

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Like a mechanical octopus rising from the deep, the various ‘punk genres of speculative fiction can be surprising, amusing, and frightening! Discover more here about the history of the movement and the surprisingly broad range of sub-genres that have sprung from it!

Cosmic Horror: A Study of the Unkowable

Discover a realm of scheming cultists, gibbering monstrosities, elder gods, and the unthinkable vastness of the universe itself; and explore a genre which examines the insignificance of mankind in the face of these unknowable terrors.

An Author’s Journal

B.K. shares some behind-the-scenes thoughts and experiences from his journey in writing.

Making It Personal

I set out to write an epic science fiction action blockbuster, but that’s not what I’m writing now. As I write the story of Jace Cox in What Once Was Home, I find myself focusing less on the war and more on Jace and his friends.

Iconic Authors

Learn more about the lives, philosophies, and accomplishments of authors who have left a mark on the world and secured their place in the halls of immortality.

Ray Bradbury: The Man who Burned all the Books

Ray Bradbury (AUG 22, 1920 – JUN 5, 2012) was a prolific author who is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories, in addition to writing several film and television screenplays. His work helped shape the burgeoning genre of science fiction during the Golden Age of the 1950’s.

Expect more entries in this series in the near future, including the likes of Robert E. Howard, Isaac Asimov, Phillip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, and Seabury Quinn.

You can also find a profile of H.P. Lovecraft in B.K.’s genre study article: Cosmic Horror: A Study of the Unkowable.

B.K.’s Worldbuilding Workshop

Step into the workshop where it all begins and learn about methods and resources for crafting believable worlds that come alive.

Anthropology in Fantasy World Building

No período medieval, os conflitos inevitavelmente se transformavam em intermináveis sítios. Era uma estratégia que fazia sentido. As máquinas de cerco do período, como catapultas, balestras, trabucos e os primeiros […]

Explore a brief overview of how you can use concepts of cultural anthropology to tie your characters to your setting, thereby establishing the glue that will bind the people of your fantasy world to the world itself.

World Anvil Review: Lighting Up the Forge


Writing tools is a term often applied to the intangibles of our craft; our knowledge, skills, and techniques. I want to talk today about one of the more tangible writing tools at our disposal: World Anvil.

The Soap Box

They say never discuss religion and politics in polite company. This is the corner where B.K. breaks that rule.

The Syria Crisis


14 April, 2018 Considering the gravitas of today’s events, I feel that opening dialogues about what is happening is the only responsible thing to do.