It’s a Fantasy World:
2016 celebrates the bicentenary of a literary landmark.
In the summer of 1816, at a villa near Geneva, a group of young people including Lord Byron, his physician John Polidori, Percy Shelley and Mary Godwin were spending wet evenings reading ghost stories when Byron suggested they each write one of their own. The deliberations that followed produced two of the earliest and most influential works of fantasy literature; John Polidori’s ‘The Vampyre’ and Mary Godwin (later Shelley)’s ‘Frankenstein’.
Dreaming the fantastical seems to be an integral part of the human psyche, and Science Fiction and Fantasy are undoubtedly among the most popular and enduring genres of literature and film.
From the fairy tales of childhood to the myths of ancient Greece, from the dark world of the vampire to the tantalising paradox of time travel, from the epics of Homer to the imaginery worlds of Tolkien and George RR Martin, 'It's a Fantasy World' takes the reader on a literary journey through the realms of the improbable, of myth and make-believe. Featuring reviews of some of the author's favourite novels and movies, this book also includes a comprehensive bibliography of fantasy literature through the ages.