The New Kid

The New Kid

tsAs one of the new recruits here at Black Gate, I’ll be bringing you a series of what I hope you’ll find to be interesting posts soon enough. But first I wanted to say howdy and tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m Liz. I’m an Academic by training: a Classicist to be precise, and a philologist to be downright pedantic. (My dissertation was written on ancient cognitive theory, the philosophy of emotion, ethnography, and Lucan, but I promise if I bring up Aristotle here it will be purely for the “COOL!” factor.) Words are what I do. I’m a writer by hobby and a geek out of sheer passion. Above all else I love story, in all its forms. Told over a set of dice, in verse, interactively through a video game, on the big screen, small screen, or in ink and paper, it’s the blood in my veins.

So what will I be doing here?

Every story needs a setting, and before Narnia, Middle Earth, and Wonderland there was Aeaea, Asgard, Hyperborea, and the Land of the Lotus-Eaters. As long as we have been telling stories we’ve been inventing new worlds to set them in, and my goal is to spend some time exploring these worlds. I’ll begin with my own bailiwick, which is the Greco-Roman world, and go from there. I am, of course, eager to hear any suggestions any of you might have.

Walk with me, if you’re so inclined, and let’s see what we shall see.

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Welcome, Liz! To get the ball rolling, are you familiar with the Thomas Burnett Swan fantasies set in the ancient greco-roman world? If so, what do you think of them?

C.S.E. Cooney

I second the welcome! I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE POSTS OF AWESOME! And the discussions we shall all have therewith.


You sound like fun. Welcome.


Nice portrait, how old are you;-) ?

Dave T

Welcome, Liz. I too liked the pleasant fantasies of Thomas Burnett Swann, but they might be hard to find these days. He passed away in 1976 and his last few novels were published by DAW. They’re short by today’s standards and easily read, but Swann left an image in most of his books akin to the image one might come away with after viewing a Maxfield Parrish painting. Literary Parrish, if you will. 🙂


John ONeill

Welcome Elizabeth! Glad to have you join us at Black Gate.

And Dave is correct – Swann can be a tough find these days. Most of his books have been out of print for nearly 40 years, although Green Phoenix is available in a Kindle edition.

Let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll send you a few paperback duplicates I have lying around.


Rightfully so Elizabeth, enjoy your pomegranate. Do you know of Anne Carson and if so have you read Autobiography of Red? Great retelling of Hercules.


hey Elizabeth welcome to bg!!! Greco-roman mithology have lots of interesting settings and characters, excuse my poor english

Hyperborea (as you have said), the garden of the Hesperides, the columns of Hercules (Gibraltar), Cimmeria land of the eternal night, Hades, Colquide, Ilion, the land of the amazons, the Elisees??? fields, rivers like Styx or Leteo, the Olimpus

other interesting subject could be the depiction in art of greek mythology

greetings from Spain

Sarah Avery

And another welcome, from a fellow new kid.

My brain keeps wanting to round your name out by putting Stanton at the end. You probably get that all the time.

Andrew Zimmerman Jones

Just bought the Kindle edition of Green Phoenix. Looking forward to it, and to Liz’s future postings.


Hmm, my own background is from the “barbaric” side of the philological tracks, but like any good jumped-up chiefling I pretend to an appreciation of classical stuff. 🙂

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