Christopher Mahon is a fantasy writer and essayist living in New York. He received his Bachelors in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University and currently works as an editor at Outer Places. In his free time he runs The Occult Triangle Lab, a blog on trigonometry, fantasy, and ungodly amounts of milk. Follow him on Twitter @DeadmanMu.


Christopher Mahon has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Frodo Is Dead: Worldbuilding and The Science of Magic

NON-FICTION by Christopher Mahon in Issue 125 – February 2017

In 1966, Time magazine asked, “Is God Dead?” on its infamous April cover. Around the same time, a piece of graffiti began appearing in New York subways: Frodo Lives! It was an interesting crossroads for America—God seemed to be fading out of the lives of many Americans, while Tolkien’s masterpiece was just starting to find […]

Paradise Lost: A History of Fantasy and the Otherworld

NON-FICTION by Christopher Mahon in Issue 118 – July 2016

If primal fear forms one pole of the fantasy genre, paradise forms the other. But from the tales that built the genre to the writers who resurrected it after each of its deaths, the narrative that plays itself over and over across time and geography is one of paradise lost. To understand the history of […]

The Candlelit World: The Dark Roots of Myth and Fantasy

by Christopher Mahon in Issue 83 – August 2013

Folklore and legends are part of a legacy of primal fear that begins at the dawn of humanity, when the world seemed to be dominated by the supernatural: the woods, the hills, the mountains, and the rivers were the domains of old, unseen things, and living meant living in their shadow. Candles illustrated man’s deepest […]
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