I’m a fantasy writer but my work is very much inspired by both real world mythology – including Old English legends, Norse Myths, Celtic folklore, European and World mythology – and the classics of fantasy by writers such as J R R Tolkien, Robert E Howard, Mervyn Peake and Lord Dunsany. Don’t worry, I’m not totally stuck in the past! I also have a strong regard for more modern fantasy writers like Tad Williams, Robin Hobb, George R R Martin, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. This website is therefore dedicated to celebrating worlds of fantasy, folklore, myth and legend from every era and every corner of the world.

131 Responses to “About”

  1. fantasyfurnace December 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Thanks so much for subscribing, however you do realize that we write about two completely different worlds of fantasy. The only other thing that we have in common is that I too have spent time in England; London, Ipswich, Clacton-on-sea-, et al, and have also travelled to over 10 countries. I enjoy reading some of what you write about, but other than that, my passion has always been and remains as such to this day; Sports.

    I do hope you enjoy reading our blog and hope, if you feel passionate about sports as well, that you will feel compelled to comment from time to time.

    Continued success with your blog (which I must say I found extremely interesting).


  2. worldismycuttlefish December 4, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    How lovely to find your blog. I haven’t read fantasy for a while. Time to return to it. A vista of plenty…

  3. courtneyryanne December 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Thank you so much for following my blog! You seem to have built a really great resource here, and I love how detailed all of your articles are. I’m looking forward to poking around your posts and your writing samples. =)

  4. jmmcdowell December 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Thank you for following my new blog! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts and samples. I used to read a lot of fantasy but moved more to science fiction and mainstream over the last few years. But your stories sound intriguing!

  5. imran December 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Thanks for following — I tend towards science fiction these days, but fantasy is where I got my start and I’m a huge fan of guys like Terry Brooks, Raymond Feist, and more recently, Brandon Sanderson. it’s obvious you put a lot of work into your site and I look forward to poking around and checking out your stories.

  6. Y December 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Hey thanks for following. ๐Ÿ™‚ you have a nice blog here.

  7. Paintblotch December 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Hello Ashsilverlock! Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I am really glad I stumbled upon your work – I love myths and fantastic tales so I will be frequenting your site ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. katyj94 December 15, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    Thank you for following and liking my stuff! I was a little worried that the historical details/the Celtic mythology was wrong, due to my lack of knowledge of that time period, so to have someone like it is great.
    I hope to get the chance to check out some more of your stuff later, but time won’t permit to at the moment.

  9. jmmcdowell December 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I listed you as one of my fifteen recently found blogs in my acceptance of the Versatile Blogger Award – thus giving you the award, too. I view it as an opportunity to let people know about blogs they might not have found otherwise. And your blog is one I definitely enjoy following. Keep up the great work!

  10. muchmorewherethatcamefrom December 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog! I’m looking forward to exploring yours!

  11. robstroud December 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Very interesting site. My own favorite diversion is alternative history (especially set in the ancient world), but I’ll keep an eye on your site since I love the work of C.S. Lewis and Tolkien as well!

  12. startablogabout December 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Thank you for following. I REALLY like the blog and the idea behind it. Fantasy has always fascinated me.

  13. cherrymischievous December 21, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Thank you for following! Following you back ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cherry Mischievous

  14. cherrymischievous December 21, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Also subscribed to your blog with email add chericenter-************* [at] yahoo.*** ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cherry Mischievous

  15. starrypawz December 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Thank you for subscribing to my art blog. I’m looking forward to reading your blog, as it seems we both have an interest in similar authors.

  16. ceceliafutch December 22, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks for following my blog. I roamed around your blog and really enjoyed it. I enjoy science fiction and fantasy and look forward to reading more of your writings.

  17. chattingwithspirit December 24, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Thank you for following my blog. I have had a quick glance around yours and it looks really interesting and am looking forward to reading more.

    I will have to bookmark it to read later as today is Christmas Eve and I am a little busy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. beckyday6 December 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Hey, thanks for following my blog! I’ve never seen a blog like yours before, it’s excellent to learn more about fantasy in detail ๐Ÿ™‚ P.s. loving you banner picture at the top! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. booklovinggrandma December 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog! As I am a devotee of the kind of epic fantasy that you write (I am now finally nearing the end of the last book in the Eragon cycle, and am strangely disappointed in some particulars of the conclusion; perhaps the last twenty pages will sort it out), I am honored that you liked what you read. Since this is the time of year when I prepare my major book order, I am adding White Planet to my list. You could not have come along at a better time.

  20. my SL journey January 1, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Tks very much for following and like my blog. Will check your stories, they sounds interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Denise Bledsoe January 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Thanks so much for the “like” on my blog. Your’s looks very interesting and I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing!

  22. mycogds January 2, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Nice blog. I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy. I would be interested to know what you think of author Jacqueline Carey. I love the Kushiel Series. I will definitely visit your blog again and spend some time reading. Thanks for stopping in to look at my blog.

    • ashsilverlock January 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      It’s on my reading list but I just never seem to get round to it – will get back to you!

  23. HT Sundance January 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    You sound like an interesting writer. I’ll be sure to check in now and again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Luarien January 8, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Well, this is a nice thing to find after getting a follow :3.

    Incidentally, you mention some more modern authors that also use mythology as a place to draw inspiration from but I didn’t see my personal favorite mentioned and I was wondering if you’d ever read any of his work. He’s David Eddings, who wrote the Belgariad and Malorean cycles, both of which are patterned after traditional cyclical myths.

    • pendantry January 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      ^^^ what Laurien said.

    • ashsilverlock January 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Thanks for that!

      I’ve read almost all of Eddings’ books as I find them massively readable and I think he’s a terrific writer. I’m not sure how groundbreaking he is, however, which is the only reason I haven’t mentioned him on the site so far ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. zorgor January 9, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Just wanted to say ‘hi!’ and thanks for following my blog last week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Documented_Prism January 16, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    Hi, Ash ~ Thanks for liking my article ~ I’ve subscribed to your blog now, it sounds interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. megjopol January 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! The only mythical book I have reviewed so far is Eragon but I do like Tolkien’s Hobbit and CS Lewis. If you ever want to suggest a book or have a review on my website just let me know! Liked your posts. Will enjoy a nosey!



  28. kenziekay January 23, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Thanks for following my blog! Yours looks really cool – I’m a huge fan of Tolkien too! I look forward to reading your posts ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. redcactus January 31, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Hello! Thanks for following. You have set up quite a site here! That’s really interesting, I am quite into fantasy, so I am sure I’ll be back ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. kenziekay January 31, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Hello! Iโ€™ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If youโ€™d like to take part, please visit my recent post to read the rules: http://kenziekay.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/versatile-blogger-award/

  31. jmmcdowell February 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Hello, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. As I said before, I like to share blogs with others who might not have found them yet. If you’d like to join in the fun, you can find the details at http://jmmcdowell.com/2012/02/02/versatile-sunshine-7-x-7/

    Have a great day!

  32. lapiskamay February 3, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    hi thanks for dropping my blog!
    Looks like I’ll be enjoying yours very much. I’m a very big fan of the realm called “middle-Earth” and its inhabitants., and lately I’ve been moonlighting in Westeros. So I hope I can browse your previous posts. So far I’m lovin it.

    • ashsilverlock February 3, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      Thanks, hope you find plenty of things you like ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. perdita February 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Hello! Thanks for the follow and I’m very glad to meet a fellow Peake fan. Looking forward to reading your work too!

  34. Author February 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Hello! Thanks for the “like” and the “follow.” I’ve enjoyed reading around your blog and look forward to future posts. I have to see if you’ve written about any of the Jane Austen / zombie, Henry VIII / wolfman mash-up books. I just read Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter and am still up in the air about it …

    • ashsilverlock February 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Thanks and those are some great books! I tend to avoid out-and-out horror, horror comedies and other horror sub-genres on this site but you might want to check out the excellent Ghost Cities blog for all of that kind of thing

  35. Samir February 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Weโ€™ve nominated your blog for the Kreativ Blogger Award because we enjoy reading it. Check our site for the details and keep up the great work.

    • ashsilverlock February 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks a lot, that’s great news ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. kzackuslheureux February 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    You are obviously well-educated, this is what makes you a very interesting writer.

  37. Lily March 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Awesome blog you have here! Thanks for the follow!

  38. Cassidy Cornblatt March 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Hey Ash, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. I enjoy reading your wonderful posts. Here is the link: http://cassidycornblatt.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  39. Lisa Taylor March 4, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Hey Ash! I really love your blog and was about to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award, but looking through your comments, I see you’ve already gotten it a couple times ๐Ÿ™‚ OOPS!

    Anyway, congrats on having a super awesome blog ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want to steal the Versatile Blogger graphic, you can get it from my post.


    Have an awesome day!


  40. Jessica Paul March 16, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Thanks for the like and the follow. I love connecting with other authors, especially in the genre I write!

  41. clairvoyantgirl March 22, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    I listed you as an inspirational blog award… I have really enjoyed stepping into your realm…and wanted to share with others out there that may not have happened upon you yet. Thank you.


  42. EM Castellan April 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Hello there,
    thanks for visiting my blog! I’m following you too now. I have to say your blog is very interesting and gorgeous. I hope you’ll come back to my blog and comment, as I think our worlds are quite similar. Good luck with the future and your books!

  43. therootsrespond April 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    thanks for liking post and following myblog. I think you a great writer, i will start following your blog. God bless you.

  44. gajenn April 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog, yours looks interesting! I like your last name – if it’s apen name is it taken from the novel ‘Silverlock’ by John Myers Myers? (love!)

  45. Ethan Greenwood April 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks so much for following my blog! I look forward to reading more of yours.

  46. chroniclesofcovent April 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi Ash! It’s great I finally found your blog. Good lore and story-telling! For some reason the link didn’t work when you originally started followed my blog, but it worked this time! I’ll be watching you now. Keep the great content coming!

  47. willowdot21 May 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Hi Ash, thank you for stopping by and and also for following my blog your looks so interesting I shall be hanging around and having a nose around if you do not mind!!

  48. laughingbelles May 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    You have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! To find out more, click the following link. http://thegiftofcreation.wordpress.com/

  49. mlatimerridley May 11, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks for following us! Love your blog here, there’s great detail in your posts. Your banner is epic! And I especially like the dragon post you have ‘Here Be Dragons’. Very interesting!

    • ashsilverlock May 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

      Thanks so much, I’ve found dragons interesting ever since I first read ‘The Hobbit’!

  50. theworshipwarriorbride May 25, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    thanks for following my blog though my post are different from what you are writing…yours is about fantasies mine is somehow a diary…but I hope we’ll get along well as we read each other’s blog. Thanks mucho! GOD bless! :0

  51. Jeff Vrabel June 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! Your blog is considerably more epic than mine, good stuff here – J.

  52. Catholic Nomad Girl July 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Hi! Thank you for dropping by my blog and following! I will follow you also.

    I always love epic legends!

  53. escapisttroubadour July 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Greetings, and thanks for following my blog! I hope you will drop by again. Since my blog is fairly new, being ‘liked’ by a fellow fantasy enthusiast – and established author – is encouraging ๐Ÿ™‚
    It seems we share a number of similar inspirations, particularly world mythology and classic fantasy – Arthurian legends being a case in point. I’ve enjoyed having a look around your blog and will definitely be back!

    • ashsilverlock July 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks and yes, I have a strong regard for Arthurian myth and legend. Always good to hear from someone else who does ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Becky Doughty July 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Hello Ash,

    I’m so glad you came by my blog – thanks for the follow. I’m a huge LOTR fan and a side-lines King fan but my interests lie more with Inspirational Fantasy. What a great collection of information and other goodies. Looking forward to learning more about you.


    • ashsilverlock August 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      Yes, I’m a fan of those areas of fantasy too, good to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. thecaterpillarsboots August 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Hi, thanks for following us The Caterpillar’s Boots. We are currently immersed in researching Cornish folk tales, and more generally very interested in the world of myth (Campbell, Jung, etc). Looking forward to exploring Fabulous Realms ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ashsilverlock August 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      Sounds interesting, will definitely keep following you too!

  56. jademwong August 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi, I wanted to say thank you for following my blog! I really appreciate it. I always love meeting fellow writers and I look forward to checking out your work! All the best to you in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Ink Pastries August 24, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks for following! I”m reading LOTR right now (again). My kids and I watch the extended version every time someone gets sick or every 4 months if we’re on a well streak. : ) I am happy to say that when in England, I went to a bar that Tolkien and C.S. Lewis patronized for their long discussions about their writing. It was quite a thrill! I’m also into interior fantasy, such as exhibited in Jane Eyre. Nice to meet you!

    • ashsilverlock August 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Thanks! I think I may have visited the same bar one time too…

  58. ByronGordon September 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! Your projects look very interesting and I can’t wait to get some time to look over the samples you have posted.

  59. readingwithrhythm December 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog and deciding to follow! Yours is quite fascinating. My world is all about fantasy. More the tennis ball variety, but I think i might like to visit your place and see more of your world.

  60. Cassidy Cornblatt January 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award: http://cassidycornblatt.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/inspiring-blogger-award/

  61. littleonionwrites January 17, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    I read the Percy Jackson series and now I am into Greek Mythology. I really like your blog and will definitely be coming back ASAP! : )

  62. beeseeker February 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    M.R James anywhere in there?
    Not quite in this genre but great at setting the scene, building tension.

    hell to you, came here to thank you for visiting one of my blogs but found a place I want to haunt, will be back … keep writing please.

  63. lauracantu March 1, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    Hi ๐Ÿฏ. I am grateful for your decision to follow my blog, thank you โ‚ฌ:~). I look forward to following you as well. Big smiles and best wishes!

  64. laughingbelles April 11, 2013 at 1:38 am #

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  65. southerngoddessparanormal April 24, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. I hope the you are able to accept. Please check out the rules on my blog,

  66. cupcakevirgin May 1, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Thank you for following my blog, I’m following right back and look forward to reading your works.

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    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award: http://littleonionwrites.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/liebster-blog-award/

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  68. thecreativecortex September 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog. I love the way you write! I haven’t read any of your fiction samples yet, but I’ve been looking at your posts and I can’t wait to read back through them and also your stories fiction. ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. credencedawg December 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

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    Hi, I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! http://valourborn.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/sunshine-award/

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  72. franklparker September 16, 2018 at 10:28 am #

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