Fictional worlds from a creative perspective.


Paracosms PodcastParacosms is a fortnightly audio show about our favorite imaginary worlds, focusing on worldbuilding, narrative structure, and creative influences. Together we will look at why these worlds were constructed as they were and how they evolved over time.

I love exploring worlds of fiction. Whether flipping through J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels of Middle-earth, binge-watching my way through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or leading my Dragonborn across Skyrim: I tend to lose myself in the fantastic worlds set before me, as do many of you. It’s an escape, a way for us to experience wonder and amazement beyond our reality.

I created the Paracosms podcast because I wanted to further explore these worlds, to peel back their creative layers and see how they were made. The time and effort put into world building is often a staggering amount, yet it is rarely discussed. I wanted to find out what influenced the authors of our favorite creations. I wanted to share this all with you.

The beauty of a fictional universe is that it is never complete. Stones are left unturned. Stories are left untold. Of all the lore that is written about our favorite imaginary worlds, most of it never makes it to publication. There is more out there to explore beyond the surface material which we are presented.Let’s see what’s out there.


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Arthur McMahon is an independent author of fiction and non-fiction, publisher, and host of the Paracosms podcast.

Arthur McMahon Author and Host of Paracosms

Arthur’s passion for writing began as a child when he found that he preferred writing essays to taking exams. Having graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Arthur enjoys recording the world which surrounds him. His backpacking journeys and other escapades have been recorded in numerous articles and in his own published trail journal, Adventure and The Pacific Crest Trail.

Fiction never loosens its hold on Arthur’s thoughts, especially the realms of science fiction and fantasy. Frostarc is Arthur’s debut novel, and his Silhouette novellas are set in the same space-pioneering universe. Reviews have praised Arthur for his suspenseful writing and exciting action.

As a self-proclaimed nomad and traveler, Arthur will always have new stories to tell. His latest works can be found in print or as ebooks on Amazon. You can stay up to date on Arthur McMahon’s latest projects at ArthurMcMahon.com or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.