Dinosaurs & Dames: A Selection of Short Stories

So this is a self-published anthology of my short fiction that I recently posted for sale on Amazon.com:

Dinosaurs & Dames

This is a self-published anthology of short stories by amateur writer Brandon S. Pilcher. By and large, they are action-packed speculative-fiction tales featuring dinosaurs and other savage beasts, fierce female warriors and huntresses, and African cultural influences. So if you like adventure, strong heroines, prehistoric wildlife, and non-Western settings, these are the stories for you.

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone with a Kindle or Kindle app would be willing to spend $1 on my anthology. You won’t regret it!


Egyptian Queen of China

Egyptian Queen of China

This character would be a woman from ancient Egypt who has married into the imperial family of China after a long journey across the Indian Ocean. Her story was inspired by that of Queen Ankhesenamun, who was Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s chief wife. After Tut died and his vizier Ay took over, Ankhesenamun’s known to have requested a husband from the Hittites of Anatolia, only for the man they sent to die en route. It’s likely that Ay and his goons had something to do with that.

It makes me think Ankhesenamun really didn’t want to be Ay’s wife, so what if she fled the country afterward? For all we know, she could have very well traveled all the way to China and married into the ruling Shang dynasty. Right now, though, her fate remains a mystery of ancient history…

By the way, the characters on the upper right spell “Egyptian” in Chinese.

Daspletosaurus Portrait

Daspletosaurus Portrait

This is a quick portrait of a Daspletosaurus torosus that I did while listening to a series of Youtube interviews with paleontologist Thomas Carr (who specializes in tyrannosaurids). Daspletosaurus, which lived between 77 and 74 million years ago in North America, may have been the ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex as well as the Asian Tarbosaurus bataar. The two species recognized within the Daspletosaurus genus are D. torosus and the later, more recently described D. horneri.

Isis Across Cultures

Redrawing something I did over a year ago…

Isis Across Cultures V2

This is a split portrait of the goddess Isis (or Auset) as she would have been seen in the different cultures that venerated her. On the left is the original Egyptian and Kushite portrayal or her, whereas on the right is the version the Greeks and Romans adopted after incorporating Egypt into their empires. In both cases, the goddess would have been represented in the image of her human disciples. It’s a bit like how Jesus’s appearance in art changes from Middle Eastern to European, African, etc. depending on the culture depicting him.

Amanra from Age of Mythology

Amanra from Age of Mythology

This is my interpretation of Amanra, a character from the game Age of Mythology (a mythological spin-off of Age of Empires). She was an agile warrior princess from Kush who became the single-player campaign’s leading lady after appearing in its Egyptian act. Looking back, the casting of a strong and attractive African woman as the leading female character in a game was quite remarkable, considering that diverse representation in games wasn’t such a hot topic back when AoM came out in 2002. Unfortunately, I have a hunch that certain critics today would overlook that and fixate on the character being textured with an exposed midriff.

Egyptian Hair Protection

Egyptian Hair Protection

This woman from ancient Egypt has her hair covered with linen cloth to protect it from the sand and dust of the Sahara. It’s similar to an African-American do-rag, and there are Egyptian tomb paintings of men wearing similar headwraps while winnowing grain. And given the ancient Egyptian fondness for styling their hair (especially into braids and dreadlocks), they must have felt a similar need to protect and maintain it. We know people throughout Africa and the African Diaspora (e.g. African-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans) wear wraps of cloth around their hair for that purpose, so maybe the Egyptians did as well?

By the way, if you’re seeing weird lines in her skin, those are dents in the sketchbook paper from an earlier drawing. Unfortunately, not all sketchbook paper is equally robust.

Egyptian-Style Nunchucks!

Today’s theme is going to be Egyptian warrior babes wielding nunchucks!

Nefrusheri's NunchucksTakhi Has the Chucks

In all seriousness, nunchucks (or nunchaku) actually originated from the island of Okinawa which lies between Japan and Taiwan. They started out as an agricultural tool before being modified into a lethal defensive weapon in the martial arts. But the idea of Egyptian warrior babes wielding nunchucks was too awesome to pass up.

Grand Vizier Ay

Vizier Ay

This my sketchy portrait of the Grand Vizier Ay, who is the main antagonist in my old short story The Battle Roar of Sekhmet. However, he is a real personage from ancient Egyptian history rather than a fictional character. Originally a nobleman from Akhmim in southern Egypt, Ay got his government career started under the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and continued under Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. After Tut’s early departure to the afterlife, Ay took his place as Pharaoh in 1323 BC, but seems to have been overthrown by the general Horemheb a mere four years later. Horemheb even went so far as to wipe out as much mention of him as possible from Egyptian records, as if trying to completely erase Ay from the annals of history.

In my story (which takes place in 1350 BC, early in the reign of Akhenaten), I portray Ay as a creepy and aging Vizier in charge of persecuting the traditional Egyptian religion on the behalf of Akhenaten’s “Atenist” reforms. And I honestly believe Ay was a creepy guy in real life, too. After Tut’s death, his widow Ankhesenamun sent a request to the Hittites to send her a prince for a husband, but the groom just happened to die en route and she ended up marrying Ay (her grandpa) anyway. Either he was ravenous for power and prestige, or he had a serious entitlement mentality with regards to women. Maybe both.

Jurassic Nail Polish

Jurassic Nail Polish

I wanted to make some fan art for the Jurassic Park franchise, but with a naturalistic tone like you would see in more serious paleo art. So here’s Blue the raptor (from Jurassic World) giving her talons a little cleaning with her tongue. Even movie monsters must have their mundane moments, after all.