James L. Wilber describes himself as Anne Rice and Chuck Palahniuk’s bastard love child. He’s a pretentious prick who claims to pen, “literary genre fiction.” Which means he writes smarmy shit about wizards and vampires doing a poor job at hiding his symbolism and metaphor. He’s turned to self-publishing on the correct assumption his stories are just too fucking weird for mass consumption.
He has contributed to numerous books for roleplaying games from companies such as: Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, White Wolf Studios, Bastion Press, and Atlas Games. He was also a writer on the Origins Award nominated, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Roleplaying Game by Eden Studios.
Mr. Wilber also assumes the roles of husband, ceremonial magician, podcast host, and owner of a 100-lb Alaskan Malamute.
He lives in Indianapolis, a dreary place built by masons obsessed with circles.
Along with Stephan Loy and Dick Thomas, James is a member of Mid-World Arts, a collective of indie writers dedicated to helping each other produce quality works. Find out more at midworldarts.com.
You can read his thoughts on politics, culture, and what he calls pagan chaos magick at scrollofthoth.com.
He only uses social media that he enjoys, which means tumblr. Get to know him at scrollofthoth.tumblr.com, jameslwilber.tumblr.com, and geeksoutafterdark.tumblr.com.
You can hear him on the podcasts Scroll of Thoth, and Geeks Out After Dark.
Get more of his writing at jameslwilber.com.
on Sep. 02, 2015 :
This story is a masterpiece.
For one thing, even though it deals with themes I've seen repeatedly in James Wilber's writing, the tone is different from any other book of his I've read. He masterfully adopts the voice of an old Norseman spinning a tale around a campfire 1,500 years ago.
For another thing, this story is laugh-out-loud funny.
And finally, it's spiritually, religiously, and historically literate. You see all kinds of people trying to write about gods nowadays, but very few of these writers seems to spend much time investigating what the myths were really about. Usually, it's "Athena? Oh, sure. I read this one myth about her. I can spin a novel about her based on that and on my cousin Suzie!" But Wilber takes this material seriously.
But again...it's laugh-out-loud funny, at the same time.
Be aware...the last half of the download is promotional material. So even though the word count is 7,000 words, only about 4,000 of that consists of the actual story.
But I really love this book. I'm adding it to my library. It's free, and that's a crying shame. Wilber should get paid for writing that's this good.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 07, 2013 :
I'm a sucker for mythology meeting the modern world, and this story didn't disappoint.
(review of free book)