Where Be Dragons?

World-building, Book Reviews, and an Intro to Literary Citizenship by Tynan Drake


About the Author

verticalprofilepicTynan Drake is a senior Creative Writing major at Ball State University. He has a passion for fantasy, horror, and psychological writing and the exploration of the unique aspects of various cultures and beliefs both in the real world and in the ways they can be represented in the many worlds of fiction. He hopes to one day publish novels that use the exciting elements of fantasy, horror, and even romance to bring to readers’ attention the real world problems that are often overlooked or under represented. He hopes that his writing will help readers to harbor new understanding and empathy for the situations they read about and encourage them to not only learn more, but to take action in making the world around them a better place to live in. In his final year at Ball State he will be focusing his studies on the world of publishing and will be working to help produce the Digital Literature Review. When he isn’t reading, writing, or doing work for class he can be found binge watching Netflix, saving Skyrim from itself (cause lets face it, the dragons aren’t the real problem), snuggling his cats, or training his puppy. Tynan hopes to one day turn Where Be Dragons into a literary magazine that publishes unique, unheard, or overlooked stories.

About Where Be Dragons?

Traditionally the phrase “here be dragons” was used to express a lack of knowledge, doubt, the places as of yet unexplored and therefore potentially dangerous. When this marker appeared on a map it didn’t literally mean “there are dragons here” but rather it expressed the perceptions of a specific culture’s view on what a dragon represented, fear, danger, and death. The idea for Where Be Dragons actually goes back quite a while, to a high school research to be exact. The paper was geared towards research of different dragon myths around the world and the various ways different cultures viewed these mythical beasts. In some cultures they were omens of destruction, savagery, and evil, while others viewed them as creatures of wisdom, valued elders, and even powerful deities whose actions or sacrifice brought about the very world we walk on.

Learning about the various myths begged the question, in a world where perceptions can vary so much culture to culture, why should we look at anything through only one lens? At Where Be Dragons we dare you to view the world through a different looking glass. To peek through another doorway and dare to cross the border between the comfortable and usual to the new and unknown. Instead of hunting down the unknown and slaying it in some holy conquest, we seek to learn from it, understand it, even befriend in. Not every dragon you cross is a monster, and not everything unknown is something to fear. Broaden your horizons and dare to stretch beyond the confines of the map. Where be your dragons? We would love to meet them.