Bret James Stewart

Novelist, poet, playwright, short story author, non-fiction writer, and game designer


photo by John D. Wright


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Welcome to my official website.  I am an eclectic writer in many genres, thoroughly addicted to reading and writing since I was old enough to do either.  Whether you like fantasy, poetry, general fiction, regional and area non-fiction pertaining to hiking and other interests, or the careful non-fiction work of academic and scholarly writing, I probably have something for you.

I have an abiding love for games.  I design board games as well as role-playing game material.  I have been an avid fan of Dungeons and Dragons for around 30 years and, when I am not reading and writing, I am generally gaming.


My Latest Work

Codex Rosmanicus: Twelve Tales of Enchantment ~Compiled by Jaren the Traveller



Codex Rosmanicus:  Twelve Tales of Enchantment Compiled by Jaren the Traveller

 

            The literature of the past fascinates the modern reader.  Part of this fascination is the paradox of the time and distance that creates a sense of the alien while remaining relevant in the present.  Such literature is both ancient and modern.  Some of the most interesting examples of such work can be found in the codices, such as the Exeter Book, that are frequently compilations of anonymous older texts.  Codex Rosmanicus (“The Book of Rosman”), as the title implies, is modelled after such works.

           

The codex is a collection of writings compiled by the fictitious narrator/compiler Jaren the Traveller, a retired bard.  The corpus consists of twelve bardic tales.   The lines between fiction and reality are nebulous as the book contains personages/settings from the real world as well as those that are fictitious/fantastical.  No attempt has been made to separate the two, and the result is a work that could be real but isn't.

           

In keeping with the feel of an ancient compiled work, the codex contains a mixture of literary forms:  poetry, a play (a dramatic tragedy), and short stories.  Thematically, they can be divided into the genres of fantasy, dark fantasy, high fantasy, horror, supernatural, and/or magic realism. 

               

This book is populated by the bizarre.  A death knight, an Ice Maiden, and a collection of the denizens of faerie lurk within its pages.  The text struggles with light and dark, wrong and right, and the sometimes obscure border between fantasy and reality.





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My Writings

All my writings by genre


Non-fiction

Academic  scholarly works about literature, history, and other topics

Biblical

Hiking Trail Reviews  covering all the trails in DuPont State Forest, Gorges State Park, and the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina via my website, blueridgehiker.com



Druidry

Druidry  I am a Christian Druid.  This category differs from biblical writings in that it may include non-biblical material


Role-Playing Game

Dungeoneer Games  this is my own rpg company.  As you might imagine, I write a lot for it

Bloodstone Classic Fantasy Role-playing Game Review  containing a number of great reviews of modules by many different game companies


Fiction

Short Stories  many different genres, but with a focus on fantasy, horror, and magical realism

Novels  longer works; includes novella-sized and larger books


Poetry

Poetry  I am first and foremost a poet.  I have chapbooks and full length books


Humour

Humour  is typically incorporated into my other works, but stand-alone humour is here


Plays

Plays  in a variety of genres and styles  


Book Reviews

Book Reviews on Goodreads

My Books

My Books  Everything regardless of genre in order of publication

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