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Aug 16, 2013 01:22AM

119 Eric wrote: "I just signed with Macmillan/First Second to write and draw a graphic novel called Bera The One Headed Troll. In this book I draw pretty heavily on Norwegian folklore, especially the wonderful folk..."

You should be excited! Congratulations.
Aug 16, 2013 01:21AM

119 A new review at NEW Book Review on Antigone & Creon: Guardians of Thebes by a professor of English.


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Antigone and Creon: Guardians of Thebes by Victoria Grossack and Alice Underwood is their fifth, latest and best installment of the Tapestry of Bronze series.
Antigone is certainly the most iconic and evergreen character in Greek legend, a timeless embodiment of civil disobedience for the right reasons. She gives our authors a lot to work with. Appropriately, they do her full justice. Not only is she fleshed out psychologically far beyond what Sophocles could accomplish in his drama; her life is given surprising (but defensible) plot twists. So -- as was not the case with their earlier Jocasta -- the complacent reader will have the narrative rug pulled out from under them on occasion.
This book works on every level: as a thriller and a mystery, as a deep evocation of ancient Greece right down to the minutiae of its folkways, as thoughtful entertainment. Grossack and Underwood join the likes of Mary Renault, Robert Graves and Norman Mailer as unsurpassed revivifiers of antiquity. Hollywood should option this!
Aug 01, 2013 04:29AM

119 Antigone & Creon: Guardians of Thebes has just received a fabulous review from Steve Donoghue from the Historical Novel Society:

The authors’ magnificent Tapestry of Bronze series continues with this latest volume, a richly atmospheric and refreshingly multi-faceted look at the story made famous by Sophocles’ Antigone: the clash of wills and ideologies between King Creon of Thebes and his high-spirited niece Antigone over the burial rites of her dead brother. When Antigone defies Creon’s orders, the king sentences her to entombment without food or water, and the stage is set for a tense, gripping variation on the familiar ancient Greek story.

The novel is told in rapidly rotating sections with different focal characters; readers get all sides of the famous quarrel, all related by three-dimensional characters. At one point Creon muses, “They say that wine poured into the earth wakes the ghosts of the dead so that they can speak to us. I’ve never known that to work.” But something very like that happens in these Tapestry of Bronze novels. Enthusiastically recommended.
Jul 29, 2013 03:13AM

119 Children of Tantalus: Niobe and Pelops is now available for borrowing to Amazon Prime members.
Children of Tantalus Niobe and Pelops by Victoria Grossack
Mar 24, 2013 06:42AM

119 Alice Underwood and I have a new book just out in our Tapestry of Bronze series:

Antigone & Creon: Guardians of Thebes Antigone & Creon Guardians of Thebes by Victoria Grossack is an exciting stand-off between the rebellious Antigone and the hard-hearted Creon as he bricks her in a cave to punish her for disobedience. It also covers the war and the rivalry between her brothers that leads up to it. Will Creon relent and release his niece before it's too late? The war may be over but the conflict continues.

You do not need to have read the other books in the series to appreciate its intensity.
Jan 15, 2013 01:08AM

119 I knew that our novel, Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus, was chosen by a couple of high schools in the US as a complement to reading Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Now a few enterprising students have turned the story into a tiny movie, which you can watch on youtube. It’s rather fun – here’s the link.

For more about our books, available most easily from Amazon but also Barnes & Noble, please visit
Dec 31, 2012 10:51AM

119 The Tapestry of Bronze has just announced the winners to the Ode to Aphrodite/Venus contest. If you want to read some great poems about the goddess of love, go here:

If you want to enter the next contest, which is dedicated to her husband, Hephaestus/Vulcan, you can find the rules here:

And, if you prefer prose to poetry, then check out our Greek-mythology based novels. There's the Niobe trilogy:

Children of Tantalus
The Road to Thebes: Niobe and Amphion
Arrows of Artemis: Niobe and Chloris

which gives our solution to a 3000 year old mass murder.

If star-crossed romance is more your style, then check out Jocasta's perspective on the Oedipus story - did she ever realize she was married to her son?

Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus
Jul 27, 2012 08:55PM

119 Just did a piece on the myth behind the Olympics; you can read it here:
May 10, 2012 11:28PM

119 At the Tapestry of Bronze (our series) website, we hold an "Odes to Olympians" contest two times per year. The most recent contest honored Ares (Mars), the god of war. To read the winners' poems, please visit

Our novels are Children of Tantalus, The Road to Thebes: Niobe and Amphion, Arrows of Artemis: Niobe and Chloris and Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus.
Jan 11, 2012 02:54AM

119 All those who like to write poetry: the new Odes to Olympians contest sponsored by the Tapestry of Bronze is open - deadline April 30, 2012. The deity being honored is Ares/Mars, the god of war. He may be tough for some poets to praise, so if you're feeling inspired, please send in your poem! More information at

The Tapestry of Bronze is a set of books set in Greece's Bronze Age and include Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus, Children of Tantalus: Niobe and Pelops, The Road to Thebes: Niobe and Amphion and Arrows of Artemis: Niobe and Chloris.
Dec 11, 2011 06:50AM

119 Twice a year we at hold a poetry contest to honor an Olympian god. It's our small attempt to encourage creativity and excellence in the spirit of the competitions held in sports and arts in ancient Greece. In order to support education and educators, we have a category for the under 18.

We have just posted the winning poems, dedicated to Diana/Artemis, at

Please check them out!
Dec 04, 2011 07:18AM

119 Have just posted a new blog, "Why Doesn't the Dog Bark?" which addresses the set of "why not?" questions that authors need to ask (and answer). More can be found here:
Nov 24, 2011 06:20AM

119 For those who have been waiting to read our novels on the Nook, I'm happy to report that they're available now. You can find out more about them at

The books are Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus, Children of Tantalus: Niobe and Pelops, The Road to Thebes: Niobe and Amphion and Arrows of Artemis: Niobe and Chloris.
Nov 09, 2011 02:24PM

119 Welcome to Althea and to Laura!
Oct 12, 2011 11:32AM

119 My new blog post is a rant about the grammatical boo-boos that irk me most. Come around and vent at
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