Welcome to Ethshar!
I assume that if you've found this page you probably already know something about Ethshar, but just in case you don't: "Ethshar" is the name of an imaginary land that's the setting for an open-ended series of fantasy stories by Lawrence Watt-Evans.
Which is to say, me.
This is one portion of the Misenchanted Page, my somewhat tangled and over-ambitious personal and business website. Like many websites, it's likely to be under construction and partly out of date; I have grandiose plans, but not the time to carry them out.
There is now an Ethshar Wiki. Serious Ethshar fans should give it a look and maybe contribute. No, I didn't start it or write any of it, though I've made some corrections.
I sell a few Ethshar-related tchotchkes in my Cafe Press store.
What's What with Ethshar Today:
There are, as of right now, thirteen published Ethshar novels and eleven short pieces. All the short Ethshar stories to date have now been collected in a single volume, Tales of Ethshar, published by Wildside Press. In addition to the eleven stories, one of which had never before been published in this form, there's introductory material. "The Warlock's Refuge," which was incorporated into The Unwelcome Warlock, is included, as is my 2011 April Fool's joke, Chapter 1 of The Unwanted Wardrobe.
Twelve of the thirteen published Ethshar novels are in print from Wildside Press in trade paperback and as e-books. Mass-market paperbacks, not so much.
What Dreams May Come: The Future of Ethshar
Yes, it has a future. I just don't know exactly what it is. The serial format seems to have run its course -- the last one was not a success. I'm still writing anyway, and will probably be staying with Wildside Press for at least another book or two.
I had hoped to maybe relaunch the series from a major publisher as YA ("young adult"), aimed at teenagers, but that doesn't seem to have worked out.
One thing about e-books -- the pressures that force paper books toward certain sizes aren't there. E-books can be any length. This means I can be pretty flexible. Wildside Press is fine with short books, too.
I'm also thinking about printing up maps -- maybe as posters, maybe in an atlas or guidebook of some sort. That's all still vague, though.
If you're wondering about that map in the logo at the top of the page -- well, that's a portion of the original map of Ethshar that I drew more than forty years ago, long before I knew that I would ever actually write stories set there. There are several much more detailed maps that I worked up later and used for reference while creating the stories, but I thought that one would be appropriate here for its historic value.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to have more for you soon.
-- Lawrence Watt-Evans
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