The mind of a psychopath

Quite a number of psychopaths have made a name for themselves. Hitler, Napoleon, Stalin. Ted Bundy is another, more recent, example, as is Hannibal Lecter, featured in the movie The Silence of the Lambs. What about Jeronimus Cornelisz, erstwhile under merchant on the merchantship Batavia, who for a few short months in 1629,  strode his […]

Introducing Nya Rawlyns’s latest, “Timber Lake”

Prolific genre-bending author Nya Rawlyns has a new release out in the ebook stores. Timber Lake Michael Brooks is a loner, and with good reason. A short fuse and a tendency to shoot from the hip, sometimes quite literally, mean he’s all the company he’s got most of the time, and he likes it that […]

Are Voldemort and Sauron good villains?

If your hero is up against a villain, better make sure that villain’s powerful. Sure, you need conflict to make a story. Or should I say, an interesting story. But the writer of a post iI just read used Voldemort and Sauron as her two examples of good villains.