I suppose when you get right down to it, there’s nothing I’d rather write about than monsters.
The Unofficial Middle-earth Monster’s Guide is now available. I’m a co-author for the book (which I wrote along with Peter Archer). Peter and I also worked on the previous book The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook. Obviously, both books are a tongue in cheek celebration of the work of Tolkien.
I particularly enjoyed writing this new book, because it gave me a chance to revisit the subject of monsters (which I explored in my 2007 book Monster Spotter’s Guide to North America). This time I got to write about dragons, wargs, giant spiders, ring-wraiths, stone-giants, trolls, orcs, and the quasi-evil black squirrels of Mirkwood. I think it’s a fun romp through Middle-earth — I hope you’ll agree. Learn more here.
Here are a couple of fun illustrations from the book (created by Ben Patrick).