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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. James Wylder
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

    I wish I had more to say other than, yes, I adore this essay. This is your best piece of writing since I read Basilisk.


  2. John G. Wood
    September 28, 2016 @ 9:07 am

    That was quite powerful. For one thing, it made me think about my own relationship with games in the 90s (it’s not the most important aspect of the article, but it’s the only one I have any comments about). My first thought was that I’d avoided the “dark side” – I never liked Doom, or indeed any first-person shoot ’em up – but the comment about irony made me consider the fact that I wrote games called Better Dead Than Alien and Deathbringer!So maybe not…

    (I treasure the magazine review that rated BDTA higher than Elite. The reviewer was wrong – BDTA was just a silly thing I wrote to teach myself how to code for the Atari ST, while Elite had far more play value – but it’s still a good feeling.)


  3. Anthony D Herrera
    September 28, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

    This was really great.

    I was in 10th grade when Columbine happened and I was one of two people picked out for a “talking to” by the school administration which I felt was funny because I didn’t listen to NIN or Marilyn Manson (my favorite song at the time was Nikki French’s cover of Total Eclipse of the Heart) and I had given up on video games by then violent or otherwise. Really the only reason I got singled out was I wore a long coat which I did because I was fat and was trying to hide it. The other guy they spoke to was this dude that I would lend my Preacher comics too and he was most well known for talking endlessly about either cobbling (yes, cobbling) and how the best way to rob a bank would be to tie a bunch of babies to your body and your getaway car.


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