Game of Thrones as Myth: the Archetypes (1)

For any of you who follow my blog, Twitter or Facebook know, I’m a weekly contributor over at, a Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire fan website. I have started a series of articles examining the show’s character archetypes and also taking a swing at how the leads fit into Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey Monomyth. I’ll set up a page here for the WiC articles and here are links to my first three archetype series pieces:

Jon Snow as the Hero.

Jon-Snow-–-Game-Of-ThronesAlliser Thorne as the Threshold Guardian.

Alliser Thorne 2Melisandre as the Dark Herald.

Melisandre burns ShirreenHope you enjoy them!

Here is a link to all of my by Richard E Preston articles.


Get Founders and Engines for $2 Each through December (Kindle)

Yep, both Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders and Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War are on sale for $2 each (Kindle) on Amazon for the entire month of December. Plus, you can also buy the brand new third book, Romulus Buckle & the Luminiferous Aether, releasing on December 22nd, 2015. Happy Holidays!

Steampunk Trio Comic Con 2013

Steampunk Trio Comic Con 2013

Romulus Buckle and the Luminiferous Aether is up for Pre-Order

Hi all! Well, the very-slow-to-arrive 3rd installment in my Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series is finally breaching the surface of the molasses time warp. “Romulus Buckle and the Luiniferous Aether” can be pre-ordered as of now, and official RELEASE DAY (Kindle version) is December 22, 2015. The paperback version will become available a few weeks later. Also, if you don’t have the first two books (Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders) (Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War), they’re on a $2.00 each special from Amazon for the month of December (Kindle only).

Romulus Buckle III Final Luminiferous AetherSouthern Reach trilogy author Jeff VanderMeer has kindly provided a wonderful blurb for the series and I’m jazzed about it: “Preston’s Steampunk series is not just entertaining and fun but full of great characters who deepen and change over the course of the books. Expect amazing Steampunk scenes, yes, but also people you care about and a lovely mix of the comic and serious. Just pure storytelling at its best.”—Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach novels

Thanks to everyone for being so patient and encouraging on this one. I hope you enjoy the book(s).

P.S. I also have a Romulus Buckle universe short story out, entitled “An Officer and a Gentleman,” which offers a quick peek into an earlier event in Buckle’s life.