Gormanghast and the Great Tradition

Posted December 16, 2017 By John C Wright

The excellent Tom Simon pens a learned and entertaining essay here:  https://bondwine.com/2017/12/14/gormenghast-and-the-great-tradition/

Which is an answer to my essay here: http://www.castaliahouse.com/wright-on-elf-thirst-for-waters-beyond-the-world/ in which I has the question, Why in the world does anyone consider the Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake to be fantasy?


Please do yourself the favor of reading his essay for yourself. If you have not read his essays, or his fine books you will thank me for the introduction.

Here is his Amazon page:


Allow me particularly to recommend these books, which are favorites of mine:


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Not Tired of Winning Yet XXXII

Posted December 14, 2017 By John C Wright

Well, thanks to the conspiracy of the news to misinform, deceive, mislead, and stupefy the voting public, the solidly Republican state of Alabama sent a crooked Dem to the Senate, shaving the razor-thin GOP majority down to a single vote. If the party does its job and passes tax relief before the Dem is seated, we may have an economy worth celebrating. So this is a setback.

But the train of win still chugs along: Trump’s FCC has finally struck down “Net Neutrality” which is an Orwellian phrase for content-based political censorship on the internet.  Read the remainder of this entry »

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Musical Interlude

Posted December 14, 2017 By John C Wright

Danny Kaye in Knock on Wood

For those of you too young to remember Danny Kaye, he was a performer without peer. He could sing, dance, act, do comedy, do physical comedy. (Kaye was also a chef, a baseball team owner, and an airplane pilot.)

If you have never seen it, I recommend THE COURT JESTER, which is perhaps his best and funniest film. It is also the role model I use when devising plot.

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Red Pill Religion in 15 minutes

Posted December 13, 2017 By John C Wright

There is a live Escaping Atheism podcast tonight from 8.00 to 9.00. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Lost on the Last Continent, Episode 28, Coercion Creature

Posted December 13, 2017 By John C Wright

Lost on the Last Continent, Episode 28, Coercion Creature, is now posted on Patreon.

Episode 28 Coercion Creature

In this sad episode, Colonel Lost suffers woe, defeat, and humiliation before the very gaze of the dark-eyed beauty who has won his heart. Fate is a sadist.

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Nerea Christmas!

Posted December 12, 2017 By John C Wright

I received perhaps the most pleasing Christmas card of my life.

A fan who is also a friend drew this illustration of Nerea from the book SWAN KNIGHT’S SON:

Why do I say what seems a simple greeting so pleasing? The wonder and thankfulness I feel that anyone takes time to read my books, much less takes time to draw a character, make a card, and send it to me, you must imagine. Seeing your own imagination come alive in someone else’s imagination is always a treat.

Nerea appears in  The Green Knight’s Squire trilogy and Gilberec Moth, her land-based BF, makes a guest star appearance in the Dark Avenger’s Sidekick trilogy.

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Submission Call for TO BE MEN

Posted December 12, 2017 By John C Wright

An announcement from one of my (three) publishers:


Submission call for “To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity”

If you are sick of today’s portrayals of men as bumbling idiots, of fathers as incompetents, of masculinity as “toxic” then I invite you to send us your best story featuring men at their best.

We want…

  • Stories showing the masculine virtues in a positive light.
  • Stories that introduce or reintroduce young men to the manly virtues.
  • Stories that pay homage to men and masculinity.

Well-crafted, immersive stories (no present tense) in all genres (except horror) are welcome, but the manly virtue can’t depend on a speculative element, i.e. magic or superpowers do not make the man. You can have magic. You can have a superhero. But that’s not what makes him a man. It’s not what defines masculinity. Contact me at [email protected] if you’re not sure.

Submission deadline: Feb. 14, 2018

Short Story Formatting Checklist

Reprints by invitation only; no multiple or simultaneous submissions.

Send submissions to [email protected] with the subject line: Manly Antho – YourStoryTitle.

Rates: Royalties from the first copy sold (whether eBook or print).


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Not Tired of Winning Yet XXXI

Posted December 12, 2017 By John C Wright
What need I say?
‘The policy calls for the NASA administrator to “lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.” The effort will more effectively organize government, private industry, and international efforts toward returning humans on the Moon, and will lay the foundation that will eventually enable human exploration of Mars.’
My Comment: Let the Covfefe flow like the tears of Leftists. They hates it when America (or, for that matter, any white or Western nation) works hard and accomplishes something. They hate progress, technology, private industry,  and, as best as I can tell, fire.
Do I demean them unduly? If so, send me links to the joyful acclamation and paeans sung by anyone on the Left, cheering on this announced effort.  I will standby and await the coming flood of evidence.
There is hardly a point on which I would more dearly like to be proved wrong. The endless sadness and wrath of the wretched Leftist is a misery to behold, and worse because it is all self imposed. Uncle Screwtape torments them with false fears and false hopes without let.
And if you cannot enjoy a moonshot, what can you enjoy? Speaking as a science fiction guy, I mus ask one and all, what is nobler in life than the sight of a Saturn V rocket at take off?
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Covfefe, Chortle and Darwin

Posted December 11, 2017 By John C Wright

As time passes, my skepticism about the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution via genetic mutation producing new species (which was imparted to me as gospel truth in my younger days) is growing. My skepticism is evolving, so to speak.

That there is some variation within a species, and that even the unintentional selective breeding of blind nature might bring forth new breeds, I doubt not. Different breeds of dogs are still dogs, and have the same number of dog-genes.

What I doubt is the ‘just-so’ story I was told in my youth that cosmic rays (or something) would damage genes and produce mutations, and from these damages genes new species would spring forth, so that a fish mother would produce an amphibian child and a saurian grandchild, etc.

Now, my regular readers know that I hardly can produce a paragraph of text without a typo in it. Let us consider these as natural mutations. My question is this: how often does a naturally-occurring typo improve the sentence? How often is the mutation beneficial?
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Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted December 8, 2017 By John C Wright

I had to brave the snow and darkness to venture out after work hours to a late Friday Mass. Holy days of obligation being obligatory, donchaknow.

Today’s lesson: if a teen aged little Jewish girl in a conquered country before the invention of running water can be humble and faithful enough to move the mighty world’s crooked axis, so can you.

It is not too soon for Christmas music, is it?

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