A Worldbuilder’s Guide to Magic

Essentials for Writers, Game Developers and Dungeon Masters

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About the Book

Constructing a functional system of magic that helps readers suspend disbelief is a crucial part of worldbuilding in the fantasy genres. Yet creating a believable, compelling and original fictional universe can be daunting. To help inspire writers, this guide provides an overview of how magic has been understood in history and used in myth, legend and modern fiction. Different forms of magic are explored and a broad range of stories—from Nordic myths to modern novels—are described and referenced. Discussion explores how magic as a concept shapes, and is shaped by, fictional worlds and societies.

About the Author(s)

Brent A. Stypczynski is an independent scholar with specialties in medieval, YA, and fantasy literature. He teaches and tutors college writing part-time in Columbus, Ohio, and has written articles for Extrapolation and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

Bibliographic Details

Brent A. Stypczynski

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8683-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4488-2
Imprint: McFarland