Fantasy Is as Much About Its Villains as Its Heroes

Part IV On Conflict, War, & Mortality — Characters of the Nasty Sort

Villains of the Nastiest Sort

Well before I scribbled my first story, I had become a serious reader of fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction. Slipping from one genre to the other offered a perspective on villainy across the genres, from the fantastical to the down-to-earth-this-character-actually-walked-the-pages-of-history. (My favorite historical fiction writers, when including a dramatis personae with the novel’s real-life characters starred with asterisks, display a night’s sky worth of starred actors.) Dig up one of Lady Dorothy Dunnett’s fictions and you’ll discover a truly engrossing tale woven within a historically factual tapestry. I’ve read and loved her novels: The Lymond Chronicles (a six-part series during 16th Century Scotland, England, and France); The House of Niccolò (an eight-part series during 15th Centrury Bruges, Russia, naples, Venice, Florence, Genoa, and the Ottoman Empire); and King Hereafter (The real Macbeth’s story).

A musician, avid reader, crochet master, and author of an epic fantasy shared with many. ("The Years of Bone And Ash")

A musician, avid reader, crochet master, and author of an epic fantasy shared with many. ("The Years of Bone And Ash")