Austin Chronicle: Chasing C. Robert Cargill’s ‘Dreams and Shadows’

AICN veteran on goblins, research, and if he’s done with criticism.

It’s an old insult: If critics know so much about films and books, why don’t they write them? That’s exactly what C. Robert Cargill has done, and he argues that being a critic made him a better writer. He said, “I went into every movie trying to learn from it as much as I was trying to dissect it.”

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RT BOOK REVIEWS Guest Post: C. Robert Cargill On His Not-So-Nice Fairies

Faeries are often considered fragile, beautiful creatures full of whimsy and magic, but as the hero in C. Robert Cargill’s Dreams and Shadows discovers, faeries can often have a nasty side. When young Colby is taken from his less-than-perfect home by faeries, he’s brought to a place inhabited by all sorts of paranormal creatures. But this new world has problems of its own, and Colby learns that the Limestone Kingdom is something that will stick with him forever. Today, the author shares why he gave his faeries a tough edge, but why he still prefers them to the typical pixie.

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SF SIGNAL Guest Post: C. Robert Cargill on Folklore, Mythology and Religion in Fantasy

Folklore and Mythology are the polite, though backhanded, words we use to describe religion we don’t believe in; Mythology being the word we ascribe to officially recognized beliefs, Folklore to those that didn’t borrow from the establishment, but people believed anyway. When you think about it, it’s strange that so much of what we put in our fantasy books, movies and video games actually, once upon a time, was believed somewhere, by someone, as (their) God’s honest truth. After all, Tolkien didn’t invent elves and dwarves – he borrowed them from the religions of northern Europe – and The Arabian Nights weren’t all just bedtime stories, they were lessons of Islam and tales about the things people once thought really might lurk in the desert sands.

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Early praise for DREAMS AND SHADOWS


Breitbart says Movie Blogger Impresses in Fantasy Novel Debut.

Kirkus calls it A mesmerizing and highly original debut.

Publishers Weekly names it one of their ten most anticipated SF/F books of the season and calls it a roller-coaster ride into the depths of strangeness and despair.

Starburst Magazine says I have penned a thoroughly enchanting debut novel.

Badass Book Reviews lives up to to its name and says Though this tale is very dark, violent, and heartbreaking it is also touching and emotional.

Clique Clack calls it a dark, exciting debut of urban fantasy.

Thanks to all the early reviewers for their kind words! I couldn’t be happier with the response.