T.C. Dale is a native Oklahoman with an adventurous streak. After attending university on both coasts, she moved overseas to Belgium where she earned her Masters in English from the University of Leuven, and spent six months in Munich, Germany working for an international game development company. Back in the U.S., she obtained her MBA in Information Systems Management. She makes her living fixing people’s problems and making computers play nice. In her spare time, she practices martial arts, plays RPGs, and likes to cook.
Writing & Publications
What is ‘Dark Fantasy’?
Genres are amorphous, slippery beasts. Ask a dozen writers to define one and you’ll get twice as many definitions. While there is merit in saying “don’t limit yourself to labels”, labels are still a convenient shorthand for letting readers know what to expect. “I write what I write” doesn’t tell people that they shouldn’t be here if they want inspirational romance or a lot of happy endings.
gave a near-perfect definition of ‘dark fantasy’:
[…] a work is dark fantasy if it deals with any elements of fantasy and/or the paranormal in a way that studies the dark and frightening side of our nature, psychology and the weird, sublime and uncanny. If it doesn’t shy away from the gore and horror of its own darkness, yet doesn’t primarily aim to spook. If it has heroes that are not knights in shining armour, but people that sometimes have to do unsavoury things. If it has villains that aren’t necessarily all bad as well as villains that really are all bad. If it’s dark and twisted and delves into the depths of speculative fiction, without primarily aiming to scare or gross out its readers, then it’s dark fantasy.
How Do You Pronounce ‘Taig’?
Taig is pronounced like the ‘tig’ in ‘tiger’. It’s an Irish name, sometimes also spelled Tadhg, Taigh, or Tighe.