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The Age of Myths and Legends
by David Price
What if all the gods of the earth once existed? Long ago a superior race once came to earth and became humanity’s gods. The story is set on a post cataclysmic earth. Technology has vanished and been replaced by magick. Myths and monsters once again roam the land.
Blending H. P. Lovecraft’s mythos, with the numerous mythologies of the earth created a rich mythic landscape. Two groups of gods once descended on the earth, Lovecraft’s horrific alien, inhuman beings and the superior, god-like race, known as the Watchers, (the Elder Gods described by August Derleth).
Lightbringers is a Grimdark Fantasy set on a dying earth, twenty thousand years
from now. The stars are right and the Great Old One asleep at the bottom of the world finally stirs in his terrible slumber. One reluctant hero, a half-breed child of the Elder gods, and his companions set out on a globe-spanning quest, populated by creatures of myth and beings of legend, to save the Earth from the evil that threatens to destroy it.
"David Price's LIGHTBRINGERS is exactly what I look for in a fantasy novel. Fast paced, exhilarating and far removed from the cookie cutter fiction you run across all too often. Do yourself a favor and read this one!" — James A Moore, author of the SEVEN FORGES and TIDES OF WAR series of novels.
"With evocative language, powerful metaphor, and careful attention to detail, Price brings us a world we can immerse ourselves in and not want to leave." — Irene Radford, author of The Dragon Nimbus Novels, Merlin's Descendants Series, and The Stargods Trilogy
“David Price’s LIGHTBRINGERS mingles a broad spread of myth and genre tropes into a fascinating tale. Adding touches of history, locales and dark lore, Price weaves a fine tale that will grip even a casual reader. LIGHTBRINGERS splits the darkness of a lurid world. Fascinating, funny and paced to please, LIGHTBRINGERS shines.” — Steven L. Shrewsbury, Author of PHILISTINE, OVERKILL, WITHIN and co-author of KING OF THE BASTARDS (with Brian Keene) and BAD MAGICK (with Nate Southard)
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Before I started writing Lightbringers, I did exhaustive research into various legends, mythologies, and lore. I probably studied up on the stuff I was trying to learn for three years before I decided that I was never going to learn everything I wanted to learn and that I should just start the damn book already and research as I go. That’s what I do now. As I’m writing the book, I almost always have multiple tabs open on my browser that I can refer to when needed. Every once in a while I’ll learn something I wish had
included in the story. Research s time consuming and a lot of work, but I think it’s worth it and I hope I’m bringing my readers something different and unexpected.
Describe your writing style.
I’ve had to teach myself to be more descriptive. I think I naturally want the story to keep moving at a steady pace. “Page turner” is how some people have described my style. An editor of my short story, Necrophone, actually had me add a thousand words to the story. If you’re familiar with editors, most of the time they have you cutting stuff, not adding. I did the same thing when editing Lightbringers, finding places here and there where I could make the story a little richer by adding some description. You need that when you’re world building. Hopefully I found the right balance that I’m looking for. I’ll always be learning and tweaking.
I believe dialogue is a strength of mine, I just have an ear for it. I’ve always been shy and more of a listener than a talker, so maybe that has something to do with it. I’ve been told my characters are believable and I think believable dialogue is a part of that, I can’t stand movies where characters do and say completely stupid things to advance the plot, and I hope I manage to keep that sort of thing out of my writing. What I’d really like is for more readers and reviewers to tell me what they think of my writing style.
What can we expect from you in the future?
At least more six more books in the Lightbringers series, I hope. I originally plotted out the series for seven books, but I only got about to the halfway point of where I planned to finish book one. I was told new writers could only get away with so high of a word count or it wouldn’t sell, so I decided to find another point where I could break off the story. If it takes off enough, I could probably get away with higher word counts, but we’ll have to see. So six books, at least, if I have my way. And I’m sure you’ll see my name as editor on more anthologies in the future. I’ve already been approached about a couple, but most likely nothing this year, which is fine with me, because I really need to focus on the follow-up to Lightbringers. Aside from those projects, I have lots of ideas for short stories I’d like to write, the only problem is finding the time to write them. If only I could clone myself! What I really need is a better system of managing my free time. Eventually I’d like to work in a horror novel, maybe even a science fiction novel, here and there. For now, though, it’s full steam ahead in fantasy land.
David Price grew up watching Creature Feature and reading comic books. He has been a fan of horror, fantasy, and science fiction his whole life. In college, his freshman composition teacher suggested that he major in English and focus on his writing. After working for more than twenty-five years as a contractor, David has decided use his imagination and follow his dreams. He is an active member of the New England Horror Writers.
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