I've added a new page to the blog - Appendix S (for 'swords & sorcery'). This is my take on the famous Appendix N from the 1979 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons' Dungeon Masters Guide where Gary Gygax listed his "inspirational and educational reading".
Although I have listed some books in Appendix S it is dominated by films and TV shows because, as I said the other day to a potential new member of the Tuesday Knights (don't want to jinx anything, so will say no more on that topic), "I'm all about the imagery."
The listed titles are those where I have sought stylistic inspiration primarily, whereas plot and story ideas I will continue to swipe from a variety sources - of late Grimm, Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow have been particularly bountiful in the the "ideas-to-lift" department.
Unfortunately, I guess due to my obsession with visuals (which leads to some striking set-pieces, but not always much else), I'm not that great at concocting fresh plot lines, which is why I'm glad to know gamers like Tim Shorts, Simon Forster et al who brew up a never-ending avalanche of micro-scenarios that work perfectly for the Tuesday Knights' short, monthly gaming sessions.
As evidenced by my recent rehashing of old pieces as fresh Heroes & Other Worlds articles, on the off-chance I have a great idea I tend to milk it ad nauseam:
So, as I've said many times before, it is the generosity - and amazing creative talent - of the OSR segment of the gaming hobby that has helped me keep my games going (even if I dress up their ideas in the borrowed clothes of '80s sword-and-sorcery B-movies).