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 also 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. And finally, as a teacher and editor, I’ll also be discussing tips and issues related to both.
That being said, I want to apologize for taking such a long hiatus from this blog. There have been so many horrific events in the last couple years that using this blog to talk about more light hearted stuff felt intensely wrong, especially in the wake of such movements such as Black Lives Matter or #metoo. I also considered writing directly about these events but in a time when anyone can have a public platform, I felt it was best to sit back and encourage the subaltern (suppressed) to speak out and listen to their voices.
These movements have not died down or lost their urgency, but as we emerge from the pandemic, I hope to move forward with regular blog posts again.
I have a doctorate in English Literature focusing on 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).
I’m currently living in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with my husband and a beautiful but exhausting toddler. 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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