Ep22 – Interview with Ngo Vinh-Hoi of the Appendix N Book Club

Oliver and Hoi discuss fantasy book cover art, the origin story of the Appendix N Book Club, the conservative faction of S&S fandom, finding S&S outside the usual Anglo sphere, podcast show notes (do people read them??? ARE YOU READING THIS???), figuring out how to keep the momentum going with longform creative projects, what makes a good podcast guest, thinking critically about genre fiction or “low art”, the Thor belly body shaming fiasco, form and substance in genre writing (and emulation), representation in writing S&S, iconic vs dramatic heroes, fantasizing about being an author when it was possible to make a living writing short stories, destroying your influences, writing to pay the rent, the vanished publishing midlist, creative writing MFAs, Game of Thrones having come out George R.R. Martin’s rpg sessions, and soooo much more!

The Appendix N Book Club / Twitter / Patreon
Gary Gygax’s original Appendix N Reading List
Hoi’s Adventures in Fiction Articles on Goodman-Games.com: Andrew J. Offutt, John Bellairs, Lin Carter, Stanley G. Weinbaum, and Jack Williamson.
Hoi on Twitter
After the interview, Hoi remembered he’d actually written two books back in the 90’s! Those were The Martial Arts Almanac (Goodreads) & Martial Arts Masters: The Greatest Teacher, Fighters, and Performers (Goodreads).
The episode of The Appendix N Book Club where Oliver was the guest!

Some other stuff that comes up in the interview:
Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
Swords of the Four Winds: Tales of Swords and Sorcery in an Ancient East That Never Was
by Dariel Quiogue

Harold Lamb
52 short stories in 52 weeks
Appendix N Book Club episode covering Micheal Shea’s Nifft the Lean
Brain Murphy’s Flame and Crimson: A History of Sword-and-Sorcery
Pulp by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Whetstone Magazine and the new cosmic horror magazine by the same guy, Witch House
Imaro by Charles Saunders

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