Welcome to Arenthil, a realm perhaps now far less grand and fantastical as when I first came up with the name, in 2011, but one that captures yet the purpose of this site. This is a place for me to tell my stories, to explore the human condition in its joys, its sorrows, its mysteries—whether in our world, or in a world not entirely unlike our own.

Arenthil is a collection of my writing: short fiction, serials, poetry, and musings on the craft and art of writing.

About the Author

Marc-Alexandre Chan writes for the joy of storytelling and of moving his readers. He prefers emotionally impactful, character-centric stories, within the realms of literary fantasy and literary fiction. He has long been a great fan of Guy Gavriel Kay, Neil Gaiman and Haruki Murakami, with further influences from Ken Follett, Steven Galloway and others.

Beyond literature, Marc is a keen enthusiast of social and cultural history, especially of medieval England, late pre-modern Japan and China of the Tāng and Five Kingdoms periods. He is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing principally the cello and flute; he is interested in Baroque, late Romantic and 20th century repertoire, along with progressive rock/metal, post-rock and some styles of indie rock. He currently lives in Montréal, Québec, Canada, where he is working towards a MASc degree specialising in mixed-signal analogue integrated circuits design.

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Third-party resources used on this site:

  • View of Ama-no-Hashidate (c. 1502–1505) by TŌYŌ Sesshū (雪舟等楊), Kyoto National Museum. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

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