J. N. Williamson

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sword and sorcery n. 1987 J. N. Williamson How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction 77 Sword-and-sorcery fiction is to fantasy what the western is to the historical novel, or, perhaps more precisely, what the hardboiled-private-eye story is to mystery fiction. It is a subgenre based on a prefabricated image, without which it cannot be identified at all: the cowboy in the middle of the dusty street, ready to draw; the private eye in the trenchcoat; the brawny, scantily-clad swordsman, glaring defiantly at menaces supernatural and otherwise, with an even less-clad, shapely wench cowering somewhere in the background.
sword and sorcery n. 1987 J. N. Williamson How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction 79 Sword and sorcery attempts to combine the vigor of the slam-bang adventure story with the heroic grandeur of the old epics: Beowulf, The Song of Roland, and the like.