Thursday, January 25, 2018

Lightbringers: The Age of Myths and Legends by David Price

The Age of Myths and Legends
by David Price
Genre: Fantasy

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 Technology has vanished and been replaced by magick.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)

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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What inspired you to write this book? 
The easy answer here is Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. But that was more the spark that lit the fuse. The idea was born long before that. The Lightbringers is a series I’ve wanted to write since I was sixteen years old. It’s initially based on my old Dungeons and Dragons playing days. We had a few Dungeon Masters back in the day, but while the others generally created adventures that were more hack and slash, collect treasure type of adventures, I always created these stories that were more epic in scale. 

The problem with turning that material into a story of my own was that I didn’t work for TSR, the company that created Dungeons and Dragons. So, it was the world building that intimidated me for a long time. I didn’t want to do what many other writers had done and create Tolkien knock-off worlds with the usual elves, dwarves, and orcs. I wanted to make it more my own, but it wasn’t until I read American Gods that a path became more clear to me.

I’ve always been a huge fan of mythology. You could say Greek mythology is what began my interest in fantasy literature and even comic books. From there it was tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. And it just grew from there. I’ve never stopped being interested in world mythologies and ancient legends. It was American Gods that showed me if I somehow incorporated all of the world mythologies into one larger, super mythology, I could create my fantasy world. 

So that’s what I’ve done in Lightbringers and what I’ll continue to do as the series progresses. I’m always researching legends and myths from different countries and my goal is to introduce some lesser known as well as more famous lore from around the world. It’s a ton of work, but I’m having a lot of fun doing it. Hopefully I can pull this off with the proper respect and dignity that the cultures I incorporate into my story deserve. It won’t be for lack of trying.

If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? 
That’s an interesting question. My goal in life has always been to travel and see as much of the world as possible. To this point I haven’t been overly successful at that, as finances hugely restrict the freedom to travel at will. On the one hand, I’d love to say that I’d fly over to England, see Stonehenge at last, but in all honesty, I think the last twenty four hours would be best spent surrounded by my family, binge-watching my favorite show of all time, The Twilight Zone. I’d say no single source drew me into the worlds of science fiction and horror, into the world of the weird, than Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. If I knew my time was almost up, I can think of worse ways to spend it.

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