A close second to epic fantasy in popularity would be the sword-and-sorcery sub-genre. The term was originally coined by author Fritz Leiber in response to Michael Moorcock’s demand to classify the fantasy adventure stories written by Robert E. Howard. As such, Conan and Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser came to typify sword-and-sorcery.
The genre suffered some bad PR in the 1980s, when the release of cheaply made knock-offs of the successful Conan the Barbarian film combined with poor quality of shared world novels to turn “sword-and-sorcery” into a derisive term. However, the 80s also saw the emergence of strong female protagonists where they previously served as damsels-in-distress.
Both my novel Maiden of Pain and short story “How Burlmarr Saved the Unseen Protector” fall into the sword-and-sorcery category. If you’re interested in writing a sword-and-sorcery story, here are four defining concepts that you’ll want to include: Read more