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F.T. McKinstry

I write fantasy, swords and sorcery, and fairy tales. I like books, forests, winter, cats, music and computers. I live in the northwoods of New England, don’t get out much and have one foot in the Otherworld. For years, in the closets of high tech jobs, I created fantasy worlds. Now I spend most of my time there.

I have a dark side, as all things do. Among other things, it often takes the form of a warrior, a rather nasty, belligerent fellow with a penchant for whisky, swords and trouble. He isn’t much into considering the upshot. Other times, my dark side is primordial, feminine, but not in a nice way. She pulls weeds, mercilessly edits manuscripts, and broods for days before painting or writing something. She destroys to create; she doesn’t suffer the sun and she packs a scythe. I’ve made peace with these beings by giving them free range in my work. In return, they don’t drive me mad. They show me things. Beautiful things.

I constantly looking for answers, and have spent my life delving into any and every esoteric thing that catches my eye. I love Northern European legend and mythology. Also woven into my stories are threads of plant and animal lore, mythical creatures, medieval warfare, shamanism, pagan themes, verse and shadows. I’ve published a series of fantasy novels called The Chronicles of Ealiron, many short stories in various fantasy/sci fi magazines, a story collection called Wizards, Woods and Gods and a dark fantasy novelette called Water Dark. In November 2015 I released Outpost, Book One in a new fantasy series called The Fylking..

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