Graphic Sword and Sorcery
from S.E. Lindberg
S.E.Lindberg resides near Cincinnati, Ohio working as a microscopist,
employing scientific and artistic skills to understand the manufacturing of
products analogous to medieval paints. Two decades of practicing chemistry,
combined with a passion for the Sword & Sorcery genre, spurs him to write
graphic adventure fictionalizing the alchemical humors (primarily under the
banner “Dyscrasia Fiction”). With Perseid Press, he writes weird tales
infused with history and alchemy (Heroika: Dragon Eaters, Pirates
in Hell, Lovers in Hell). S.E. Lindberg is a Managing Editor at Black Gate and co-moderates a Goodreads group focused on Sword & Sorcery and invites you to participate (link). He enjoys studying Aikido and creates all sorts
of fine art in the family workshop. Connect via Facebook Dyscrasia Fiction page.
Graphic Sword and Sorcery
Dyscrasia literally means “a bad mixture of liquids.” Historically, dyscrasia referred to any imbalance of the four medicinal humors professed by the ancient Greeks to sustain life (phlegm, blood, black and yellow bile). Artisans, anatomists, and chemists of the Renaissance expressed shared interest in the humors; accordingly, the scope of humorism evolved to include aspects of the four alchemical elements (water, air, earth and fire) and psychological temperaments (phlegmatic, sanguine, melancholic and choleric). In short, the humors are mystical media of color, energy, and emotion; Dyscrasia Fiction presents them as spiritual muses for artisans, sources of magical power, and contagions of a deadly disease. The books explore the choices humans and their gods make as this disease corrupts their souls, shared blood and creative energies.
Listed in story chronology (publication year) /"rating as if movie":
- Lords of Dyscrasia (2011) R
- Helen’s Daimones (2017) PG13 [New to the series, start here]
- Spawn of Dyscrasia (2014) PG13
- Helen’s Storm (working title)
Spawn of Dyscrasia, the second volume of Dyscrasia Fiction, is due out in 2014. The cover art is illustrated by legendary fantasy artist Ken Kelly (Bio). If you think you are not familiar with his art, browse his gallery Ken Kelly (gallery); you likely have his coverart in your library.
Dark Fantasy For Mature Readers;
Not Young Adults
5/5 Stars "... there are few, if any, novels comparable to this one... The pace is nearly breathless... makes the majority of current popular fantasy fiction read like recipes by comparison... highly recommended, though not for the faint of heart." - ForeWord Clarion Reviews 2011
This is a story of a man who worked to free himself from a lineage of bondage. He starts with simply denying the Rite of Inheritance of his forefathers, and soon finds himself undead and clothed in the skin of his enemies. - DC's reader reviewer
The book revolves around the characters: Doctor Grave, Cypria, Endenken, and Dey. Endenken seeks revenge, Doctor Grave dreams of restoring what was lost, Cypria wants to live, and Dey is running away from his past. In a world of disease, monsters, and danger, will the passions and desires that drive them be enough to help them survive? - Jojo's reader review