S.E. Lindberg

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S.E. Lindberg resides near Cincinnati, Ohio working as a microscopist, employing his skills as a scientist and artist to understand the manufacturing of products analogous to medieval paints. Two decades of practicing chemistry, combined with a passion for the Sword and Sorcery genre, spurred him to write Lords of Dyscrasia, a graphic adventure fictionalizing the alchemical humors. The dark saga continues with Helen's Daimones (cover art by Daniel Landerman) and Spawn of Dyscrasia (cover art by Ken Kelly).

New to the series? Start with the novella Helen's Daimones.

He also publishes with Persied Press in their Heroes in Hell series (Pirates in Hell, Lovers in Hell) and Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters. All contribution are inspired by alchemy.


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S.E. Lindberg Literally, dyscrasia means “a bad mixture of liquids.” Historically, dyscrasia referred to any imbalance of the four medicinal humors professed by the…moreLiterally, dyscrasia 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 series explores the choices humans and their gods make as a disease corrupts their souls, shared blood and creative energies. (less)
S.E. Lindberg Two Dyscrasia Fiction works are in progress: (1) a novella (working title The Doll Eater); releases 2016; (2) A novel following "Spawn" (working title…moreTwo Dyscrasia Fiction works are in progress: (1) a novella (working title The Doll Eater); releases 2016; (2) A novel following "Spawn" (working title Seer Helen); releases ~2017.(less)
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Holy cow, every now and then there comes across a fun confluence of events.In this case, the recent 2019Netflix series The Witcherincreased interest in the Sword & Sorcery series. Of course, I moderate the S&S group on Goodreads(all are welcome to join), and we do a lot of reviews to help future readers. Turns out my 2016 review of The Last Wish is the highest helpfu... Read more of this blog post »
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“The beauty of melancholy cannot be attained by looking. You must embrace the terror it breeds. Then you will be pleased.”
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“What is wrong with being a devout follower? Is it not acceptable to be sad and alone, if you remain loyal and obedient?”
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“Have you ever dreamt? At night, with your eyes closed?... Then you know that even with eyes closed, even in complete darkness, your mind can fill a frame for you, your soul, to observe and experience – a stage with color and atmosphere are as realistic as the visions you perceive while awake. This is how we Elders and the undead see, for we look at the world through an astral plane congruent with physical reality, where emotions are tangible shapes, and hopes, fears, and regrets collect themselves into transparent auras.”
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“The beauty of melancholy cannot be attained by looking. You must embrace the terror it breeds. Then you will be pleased.”
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“In one picture, the pool was half hidden by a fringe of mace- weeds, and the dead willow was leaning across it at a prone, despondent angle, as if mysteriously arrested in its fall towards the stagnant waters. Beyond, the alders seemed to strain away from the pool, exposing their knotted roots as if in eternal effort. In the other drawing, the pool formed the main portion of the foreground, with the skeleton tree looming drearily at one side. At the water's farther end, the cat-tails seemed to wave and whisper among themselves in a dying wind; and the steeply barring slope of pine at the meadow's terminus was indicated as a wall of gloomy green that closed in the picture, leaving only a pale of autumnal sky at the top. ("Genius Loci")”
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“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents... some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age.”
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S.E. Lindberg Black Gate magazine recommends Helen's Daimones (link to review) "Too much of what’s called grimdark is little more than sex and gore splashed over a standard epic fantasy story. True horror — and at its heart, Helen’s Daimones is a horror story — unsettles, disorients, and makes you feel like the world will fall out from under your feet at any moment. Lindberg’s novel does all those things" Helen's Daimones
Helen's Daimones by S.E. Lindberg

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S.E. Lindberg "Daimones" (working title) is a forthcoming Dyscrasia Fiction novella. Having completed the initial draft today (29K words) it is on track to publish this year (2016).

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S.E. Lindberg "Lysis carved into their ranks with Ferrus Eviscamir, its blade slicing only their bones, invisible to metal and flesh and incapable of being parried or blocked...."

Grimdark Magazine 's competition has begun, and excerpts are rolling in. Please support your fellow Grimdark authors! Click here to get started: Lord Lysis seeks your vote

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S.E. Lindberg Spawn of Dyscrasia is now available as an audio book, narrated by Kathy Bell Denton who has a splendid voice reminiscent of the female narrator of Ralph Bakshi's 1977 movie Wizards (Susan Tyrrell). Kathy Denton has a creepy, English accent perfect for dark fairy tales and reinforces the character of Helen well. Check out the samples on Audible.com or Audiobook on Amazon.

Complimentary Review Copies! Review copies of all forms are available (Audible, Kindle, and Paperback). For files or promotional codes, just contact me via reply or Private Message...or Facebook.

Lords of Dyscrasia is being narrated by Thomas B. Hackett, and should be released Spring 2015.

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Forrest Congrats, Seth!

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Bob Hey, Seth - just wanted to let you know you made my Best of 2014: A 5-Star Year in the Ruin post for indie/self-published authors who continue to amaze me. :)

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S.E. Lindberg Rebecca wrote: "I won a copy of Lords of Dyscrasia on Goodreads last year and just wanted to say that I really enjoyed it. Great to see Spawn of Dyscrasia out in the world. Nice one Seth!"

Hi Rebecca! You made my day. Watch out for a note via another Goodreads message. Cheers, Seth

Rebecca Gransden I won a copy of Lords of Dyscrasia on Goodreads last year and just wanted to say that I really enjoyed it. Great to see Spawn of Dyscrasia out in the world. Nice one Seth!

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