A Multiverse Excursion

In his non-fiction book Wizardry and Wild Romance, Michael Moorcock criticises fantasy-writer Lord Dunsany for having names that sound like a railway journey.  It occurred to me that this could be done to lots of writers, including Moorcock.  This was the result:

  • A trip along the railway
  • With torturer and sleazy fey
  • (Past peasants full of resignation
  • And no ideas above their station);
  • With Jerry, full of gloom and ire,
  • Gloriana’s unholy Quire;
  • Un-grey Dorian, Corum true,
  • Erekose, Elric – Eric too?
  • To Tanelorn, where shadows leak
  • (For Melnebone, change Mervyn Peake)
  • Being but a single person
  •     They can get a Cheap Excursion!

This is taken from a much longer essay Cock-and-Bull about Epic Fantasy It is about Moorcock’s criticisms of Tolkien, and the question of fantasy in general.

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