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Philip Athans's Blog


 Philip Athans is the founding partner of Athans & Associates Creative Consulting (, and the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and over a dozen other fantasy and horror books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction and the recently-released How to Start Your Own Religion. Born in Rochester, New York he grew up in suburban Chicago, where he published the literary magazine Alternative Fiction & Poetry. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook, ( is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans. He worked in book publishing for TSR/Wizards of the Coast for almost fifteen years, and still makes his home in the foothills of the Washington Cascades, east of Seattle.


Member Blogs

Posted by Philip Athans on Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:40:00 EDT in Design, Serious
Some opinions and recommendations on the tricky subject of authorship.

Posted by Philip Athans on Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:37:00 EDT in Design
Get out there and either teach a class or take a class ... preferably both!

Posted by Philip Athans on Wed, 06 Mar 2013 02:14:00 EST in Design
You actually have to DO SOMETHING!

Posted by Philip Athans on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:46:00 EST in Design
People are drawn to monsters because they flip the predator/prey relationship on us, turning us from predator to prey.

Posted by Philip Athans on Fri, 13 Apr 2012 02:45:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
Why you need to publish your own tie-in fiction...

Posted by Philip Athans on Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:40:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC
My friend R.A. Salvatore's game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, has been released, and I look back at the day he first asked me to guess who he'd just gotten a call from....

Philip Athans's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/13/2012 - 02:45]

Good points, Jim, thanks r ...

Good points, Jim, thanks r n r nAt the heart of all this is the continuing evolution of the e-book and, for lack of a better term and for better or for worse the DE-evolution of traditional book distribution. The book retail landscape was severely impacted in the opening rounds ...

Comment In: [Feature - 02/16/2011 - 04:45]

I agree on this point ...

I agree on this point to the very core of my being: Make the experience about the characters and their adventures Don't craft some kind of story to justify cool game mechanics, but invent new forms of interaction that support and enhance the experience of the fiction. And disagree, though ...