Nathaniel Webb

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Bard City Blues

"Heart, soul, and a touch of mystery—plus a gelatinous cube that washes dishes. What's not to like?" - S. L. Rowland, author of Cursed Cocktails

Gally Chaparral is a highland girl with a dream: move to Lackmore, join the Bardic Guild, and get a gig at a fancy tavern. She never planned on washing dishes in a dungeon... or falling in love.

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"Frozen Hearts"

Ravvie is an adventurer, searching the snowy north for dragon eggs. After breaking her leg, all she wants is to heal up and head south. But how can she stand the bitter cold when her stolid barbarian healer doesn't even speak her language? Included in Wyngraf's 2024 Cozy Fantasy Romance Special.

"Marillion: The Doug Irvine Era"
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September 17, 2021 Dutch Progressive Rock Pages

I wrote this essay while researching my book Marillion in the 1980s, and Dutch Progressive Rock Pages was kind enough to publish it as an article. I dig deep into the surviving demo tapes made by British neo-prog band Marillion in 1980, prior to singer and bassist Doug Irvine's departure.

Marillion in the 1980s
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October 8, 2020 Sonicbond Publishing

A Top 3 Amazon bestseller in Music History & Criticism!

Derided as seventies throwbacks upon their arrival and misremembered by the wider population as one-hit wonders, Marillion rode the 1980s as one of the most successful bands in Britain.

Delivering the musical and conceptual density of early progressive rock with the caustic energy of punk, the Aylesbury heroes both spearheaded the neo-prog revival and produced its crown jewel in their number one album Misplaced Childhood, with its Top 5 singles "Kayleigh" and "Lavender." Musically, their influence reaches from prog legends Dream Theater and Steven Wilson to household names like Radiohead and Muse. The 1980s encapsulated Marillion's birth, commercial apex, and near-implosion.

This book combines meticulous history with careful musical analysis to chronicle their most turbulent decade from their first gig, through the dizzying success and destructive decadence of their time with frontman Fish, to his bitter departure and replacement by Steve Hogarth. It turns an experienced critical eye not only on their five albums of the decade—from the seminal Script For a Jester's Tear to Hogarth's debut Seasons End—but a lineup that remains as active as ever. The book also discusses demos, singles, and Fish's solo debut to dissect a band which critics still love to hate, even as today's music industry stands upon their shoulders as pioneers of self-promotion and internet crowdfunding.

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"Roll the Bones"

Artist/single mom/amateur sleuth Kit Morrison is earnest, nerdy, and a bit scatterbrained, but when the "weird kids" at her school need her, she's there for them. In this story, Kit confronts major drama and a bizarre theft at her school's D&D club! Starring the heroine of my geeky (though non-fantasy) cozy mystery novel A Conventional Murder.

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Three from the Reeve

Winner of a Silver Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future!

Old Humblefoot lived quite an adventuresome life before his retirement. Now, when things go wrong in the quiet halfling community of the Reeve, folk knock on his door. Read Old Humblefoot's three earliest adventures, as recounted by his great-nephew Wilford, a watchmaker and father of seven.