The Writer’s Resource Book Of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror And Mythology


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As a writer, The Writer’s Resource Ebook will help you:

  • Save countless hours of research time.
  • Stimulate your creativity so you can come up with more story ideas and add more interest and richness to your stories.
  • Easily understand complicated, or obscure, terminology so you can use these terms in your stories.

As a genre writer, you want to make your stories as interesting as possible to your readers, don’t you? Then The Writer’s Resource Ebook is just what you’ve been looking for.


See what reviewers think.

  • “We appreciate the author’s efforts to put humor throughout.”
  • “This is the first compilation of its kind that is so eclectic and all-inclusive.”
  • “I found myself getting involved in it and reading more than I’d planned.”


The Writer’s Resource Ebook is an invaluable 353-page resource for genre writers. It lets you quickly and easily understand thousands of terms that you can use in your stories to make them richer, and more riveting to your readers. This gives you the edge you need so your work has a better chance of being published, and what writer doesn’t want that?

If you read genre stories you’ll also find The Writer’s Resource Ebook to be a comprehensive reference of genre terminology, allowing you to easily understand complex or obscure terms.


Reviewed by G. W. Thomas of E-Genre

“Two things strike me as the top reasons to buy this reference work:
First, the wide range of information.

…Colburn has nicely covered all of science fiction, fantasy and horror [terminology].

The second feature I liked was the layout.

…The alphabetical nature is obvious but Colburn collects certain terms together.

…the organization is quick. The bibliography is extensive and includes many useful URLs for web browsing.”


The Writer’s Resource Ebook contains:

  • Over 3,600 terms that are explained in easy to understand everyday language.
  • Descriptions of:
    • 285 creatures
    • 71 weapons
    • 23 forms of torture
    • 58 castle parts
    • 251 gods
    • 47 computer terms
    • 58 stars
    • 21 types of space propulsion
    • 75 famous people and more.
  • Additional research, which is easily available by accessing the four-page bibliography of books, magazines, CDs and websites.
  • Simplified searches for related terms through extensive cross-referencing and groupings of the following terms:
    • Arthurian
    • Castle
    • Computer
    • Creatures
    • Gods
    • People
    • Phobias
    • Propulsion
    • Space Dates
    • Space Shuttle
    • Stars
    • Stones
    • Torture
    • Weapons
    • Wilderness Survival

Order The Writer’s Resource Ebook now, and you’ll enjoy a fun, enlightening and creativity stimulating read.


Reviewed by Rob DiSilvestre for Inscriptions Magazine

“The Writer’s Resource Book of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Mythology” is a comprehensive, exhaustively researched compilation of terms both common and obscure in each of the Resource Book’s categories.

Jeff Colburn has compiled this fun reference book in an extremely well organized manner.

Intelligent choices are made throughout this Resource Book.

Each of Colburn’s definitions are deftly explained in plain language and easy for a sci-fi/fantasy/horror/myth neophyte to understand.

“The Writer’s Resource Book of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Mythology” is a terrific resource. I am not an expert of any of these worlds, but I had a great deal of fun browsing. It was simple enough for a reader with my lack of experience, yet detailed enough to be of good value for a true fan.


The genre field is exploding into all media, including:

  • Movies
  • Television
  • Books
  • Comic books
  • Computer games
  • Board and card games
  • Books on tape
  • Magazines
  • Ezines
  • Internet sites
  • And more

These areas are all ravenous for new material. To meet this need with new and exciting material, writers must possess a broad knowledge of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythological terminology. Acquiring this knowledge takes time. Time that most busy writers don’t have. This is where The Writer’s Resource Book Of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror And Mythology comes to the rescue.

P.S. If you’re a trivia buff, you’ll love The Writer’s Resource Ebook.

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Sample Listings

Abbey – A building or group of buildings where a group of monks live and are ruled by an abbot. Nuns are ruled by an abbess. The lands owned by an abbey in the Middle Ages may have been quite large as wealthy men often became monks.

Accouterments – The pieces of a knight’s office, namely his sword, which symbolized justice and mercy, his spurs, military belt and chain of fealty.

Accretion – The gradual accumulation of mass. Planets often form this way. Particles from a solar nebula collide and are held in place by their gravity. As the mass grows so does its gravitational pull, attracting more particles, eventually forming a planet.

Achilles – From Greek mythology, his father is Peleus and his mother, Thetis, is a Nereid. As a baby, he was dipped in the river Styx by his mother, to make him invulnerable to attack. She held him by his ankle so the water never touched this spot. In the Trojan War, he was killed by a poisoned arrow that hit him in the heel. This is where the term Achilles Heel comes from.

Acoustic Weapons – The frequency of these weapons can be adjusted for different effects. The sonic frequencies cause the hair cells of the inner ear to vibrate. This creates the feeling of motion sickness, vertigo and nausea. Adjusting the frequency can cause internal organs to resonate, resulting in pain, spasms or death. Acoustic guns could be mounted on vehicles or carried by soldiers. They can also be mounted on helicopters, which could position themselves over an enemy’s stronghold and fire the weapon, because the sonic waves would easily penetrate the building. Fences of sonic speakers could also be used to keep people away from certain areas. The closer a person gets to the fence, the stronger the effects. Mobile acoustical weapons could be used to disperse crowds, rescue hostages or clear a path for men and equipment moving through an area.

Aesir – From Norse mythology, the gods of good. These gods are Odin, Thor, Balder, Freya, Tyr, Bragi, Hodur, Heimdall, Vithar, Vili, Ullr, Ve and Forseti.

Devourer-of-the-Dead2-Small Amun – From Egyptian mythology, this creature has the head of a crocodile, the body of a lion and the hindquarters of a hippopotamus. He eats the hearts of the dead who are judged to be unworthy during the final judgment in the hall of Osiris. Also called Devourer of the Dead.

Sabbat – A large regional meeting of witches with attendance in the hundreds. The two most important Sabbats are April 30 (Roodmas or Walpurgis Night) and October 31 (Halloween).

Salamander – An Elemental, spirits of the forces of nature. The six main ones are Gnomes (earth), Undines (water), Sylphs (air), salamander (fire), Dryads (vegetation) and Fauns (animal life). They are not immortal, but can be made immortal by cohabiting with people. See Nymph.

Sappers – During the siege of a castle, these people dig a tunnel, called a mine, under the castle walls from the outside. A framework of logs supports the mine. When the tunnel is far enough under the wall, the framework is burned, and hopefully the wall above the mine collapses. The enemy soldiers can then enter the castle through this breach in the wall.

SCA SCA – Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. A plane that carries a Space Shuttle piggy back from one location to another. Picture from NASA.

Scottish Targe – This round wooden shield was used by the Scottish clansmen as late as 1745 AD. In the center of the shield was a steel spike about 18 centimeters (7 inches) long, which made a good thrusting weapon in close combat. The shield may be covered with leather and studded with tacks.

Selkie – These creatures, which look like seals, live in the seas around Orkney and Shetland, Scotland. The female can shed her skin, revealing a beautiful woman. If a human finds the skin, the Selkie must become the perfect wife. He must hide her skin though, because if the Selkie finds it she can return to the sea. If this happens, the man will die of a broken heart. The male Selkies seek revenge against humans for killing their kin by causing storms and overturning boats. The Irish call them Roane.

Septicaemic Plague – This plague swept across western and central Europe during the fourteenth century, killing about one third of the 60,000,000 people living in that area. Needless to say, it destroyed the economy of affected areas. The cost of labor went up, while land values went down. There were three kinds of plague. Bubonic plague was spread by flea bites, and had a fatality rate of 50-60%. Pneumonic plague was spread directly from one victim to another via sputum, and had a fatality rate of 95-100%. Septicaemic plague was spread by flea bites and body lice, and had a fatality rate of 100%. Death from Septicaemic plague occurred within a day. Also called the Black Death.

VLA VLA – Very Large Array. See Interferometers listed under Planets, Finding Them Outside Our Solar System. Picture from NASA.

Zeus – From Greek mythology, the ruler of the gods. He is Lord of the Sky, the Rain god and the Cloud-gatherer, who wielded powerful thunderbolts. He is constantly falling in love with mortal women, and while seducing them will often disguise himself as an animal, another person or an object. His bird is the eagle, his tree the oak and his oracle is Dodona in the land of the oak trees. His will was revealed by the rustling of oak leaves, which was then interpreted by the priests. Hera is his wife and sister. The Romans called him Jupiter. See Cornucopia.

Zombie – A reanimated dead body, brought back through the practice of Voodoo magic, especially in Haiti. Often a living person is made into a Zombie. A powder is blown onto the person’s face which, among other things, contains dried blowfish poison. The victim appears to die and is buried, but awakens in the coffin where he suffocates or occasionally digs his way out. Most often, the person who poisoned them digs them up from the grave and uses them as a slave, since the poison removes their will power and keeps them in a stupor. It is believed that the Zombie’s soul has been stolen by the person who poisoned them.



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The Writer's Resource Book Of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror And Mythology
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