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The Cracks of Doom: Untold Tales in Middle-earth - a comprehensive list of plot openings for writers, game makers, role-players, performers and daydreamers By David Haden
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This is a comprehensive, fully annotated and indexed list of 'Untold Tales' in Middle-earth, pointing out the 'cracks' where new fan-works might be developed. Each of the 125 entries has suggestions... More > for your story development and plot linkages. This book is intended as a reference work for writers, game makers, role-players, performers and daydreamers. 1. Introduction: On Untold Tales in Middle-earth. 2. Writing guidance: Faith, Duty and Fun: plan and style in Middle-earth fiction. 3. The list: ‘Openings, Gaps and Cracks’ (only for LOTR, inc. the Appendices)< Less
Strange Country: Sir Gawain in the moorlands of North Staffordshire, an investigation By David Haden
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This book makes a clear case that one of the most famous works of English literature, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, belongs to North Staffordshire. Obvious new candidates for both the... More > Gawain-poet’s patron and Bertilak's castle are suggested, and these are found to fit naturally and almost exactly when compared with the expected dates of the poem, the features of the castle, the known dialect locations, and the patron's likely social status and life-story. A wealth of surrounding detail is also explored, such as: the history and role of the King’s Champion at the royal coronation; English contacts with full-blooded paganism during the Prussian crusades; the two lavish medieval courts at Tutbury; and the rich history and poetry of the Manifold Valley and the Peak. This 220-page book is lavishly illustrated and copiously referenced with footnotes. There is a bibliography and index.< Less
H. G. Wells in the Potteries: North Staffordshire and the genesis of The Time Machine By David Haden
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The Time Traveller, Weena, the Sphinx. This book shows how these elements of The Time Machine could have originated in the visit of the young H. G. Wells to the industrial district called the... More > Potteries, during the spring and summer of 1888. A 35,000 word scholarly essay with footnotes and appendices, plus a closely annotated edition of the Potteries short story "The Cone".< Less
Good Old Mac: Henry Everett McNeil, 1862—1929 By David Haden
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The 'ground zero' of modern horror was the notorious slum of Hell's Kitchen, New York, in the 1920s. There H.P. Lovecraft and his circle met regularly, in the flat of the simple old bachelor who had... More > brought them together. This curious boy-man was Henry Everett McNeil, and he was Lovecraft's good friend. In his walking tours of New York's secret slums, McNeil opened new doors in Lovecraft's macabre imagination and may have been the model for "He". This is the first book on McNeil and his career. An in-depth scholarly biographical essay of 13,000 words uncovers: his origins and war record; McNeil's work as a scriptwriter for the earliest western genre movies; his work as a staff writer for Vitagraph and then for Edison's movie division; and his turbulent publishing career. The book also tries to answer the riddle of why McNeil was apparently so poor, when he was a best-selling author and a reviewer of books for The New York Times. The essay is accompanied by a selection of McNeil's works.< Less

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