J Edward Neill is a dark fantasy novelist. He lives in a man-cave in North GA, where the sun shines too much, but the wine is fantastic.

Plagues & Paupers – Hollow Empire – Night of Knives

Long ago, the empire of Vhur was the world’s most powerful. But that was before the Lichy plague. Now, twenty years and millions of dead later, only a few cities remain. The survivors walk a fine line between staying alive and crumbling into the grave. Come the Night of Knives,… Continue reading

How to write Dark Fiction (and shave decades off your life.)

 Look at these guys. They’re dead, but still having a grand time of it.   Assholes… Ok. Look. This isn’t really a how-to article. I’m in no position to tell anyone how to do anything short of throwing footballs, kicking things, and losing at video games. I’m writing this week… Continue reading

The Study of Darkness

A few weeks ago, I received an encouraging reception for my latest painting, ‘The Emperor’s Vision.‘ Which made me want to share how this dark canvas came to life. When I started working on this one at summer’s beginning, I knew I wanted to paint another companion piece to my fantasy series, Down the Dark Path…. Continue reading

Now available – 101 Sex Questions!

101 Sex Questions Probably the closest I’ll ever get to writing erotica…for now. 101 Sex Questions is laid out the same as the Coffee Table Philosophy series, only it’s not really meant for your coffee table (unless your coffee table is awesome.)  It’s meant for the 18+ crowd. It’s sexy, but not raunchy. It’s designed… Continue reading

5 Sexy Questions

Without sex…  …hot sex, boring sex, sex so good you need oxygen afterward…  …none of us would be here. The following is a tease from my latest Coffee Table Philosophy entry, 101 Sex Questions. These 5 questions are among the tamest in the book…by far. 18+ only. Have fun. * * * Ambush  Suppose you’re… Continue reading

Creepy Prequel – Old Man of Tessera

In six days, I’ll have a creepy short-story surprise for everyone. While you’re waiting, you might want to snatch up the prequel, a haunting little tale: Old Man of Tessera In Tessera, nothing and no one are as they seem.  One goes missing…every day… …forever.   Now available. Only $0.99 for Kindles… Continue reading

Something for the day to die upon…

 The return of darkness is a planned event, a spoke in the universal clock waiting to be ticked…    At the world’s edge, Andelusia awakens to the terrible realization that all her dreams have come to nothing. No matter that her father, the warlock, has fallen into exile. No matter… Continue reading

Ancient Discovery – The Meaning of the American Dream

A few years ago, I penned a quick essay for a European friend and high-school teacher. Its purpose was to educate a class of students, few of whom had ever been to America, on the meaning of the so-called American dream. I recently stumbled across that essay. Looking back, I can hardly… Continue reading

History of the Ur

For those involved in the Tyrants of the Dead series (and those who will be) I present to you: The History of the Ur. Every villain needs an origin story. Every monster needs a little light shined in its direction, so as to cast a darker shadow. The Ur are no… Continue reading

Ten Real-Life Settings For the Tyrants of the Dead Movies

As I sit in the dark and daydream terrible things, my mind wanders to the far-off hope of finishing the screenplay for the Tyrants of the Dead series. It’s ever in my thoughts. It’s not quite a realistic goal, but it’s more than just a dream. Previously, I imagined the cast here and here. But… Continue reading