Hello. My name’s is Charul Palmer-Patel, but please feel free to use my nickname Chuckie. I also publish under C. Palmer-Patel (or under C. Patel before 2015).
The main purpose of this blog is to discuss any Fantasy-related texts that appeal to me (and hopefully to you as well). I like to explore a wide-range of mediums: novels, graphic novels, anthologies, film, television, plays, exhibitions, and any other format that draw on a fantastical element. Rather than a review, this blog takes the form of a ‘read-along’ or discussion of a particular aspect of the work I’m investigating (chapter, quote, character, scene, etc etc). As an critical writer that dabbles in writing fiction, this blog serves as a space to explore some of my ideas without formally publishing them as articles, books, or short stories; occasionally this blog functions as an early draft.
This is my first experience with running a blog, so bear with me while I work out the ropes and figure out how often I’ll make a post. But I just want to assure you that I have plenty of experience with writing, publication, and running a website. I started the immensely popular Fantastika Journal in 2013 (currently headed by Kerry Dodd while I’m on maternity leave).
I also did my doctoral thesis in English Literature at Lancaster University, UK on Heroic Epic Fantasy fiction (hence the ‘Doc Fantasy’ title) and have published a number of critical examinations on Fantasy texts (head over to the Publications page for more info). While doing my PhD, I’ve taught at the university level from 2012-2017. But in a bizarre twist of fate, I returned to my old job after completing my degrees, working for the family business of Champ Machine & Welding Ltd as the Quality Assurance Manager with 10+ years experience.
I’m currently living in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with my husband and beautiful baby boy. If you come across my personal Instagram account, you’ll find that it’s filled with pictures of the little squidge.
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