I used to read a lot of fantasy novels when I was a kid. In fact that's all I read for the first couple years in high school. If a book didn't have centaurs and a "door into a magical world," I wasn't interested. Every once in a while, I feel a tug of nostalgia for the authors I grew up loving so I'll seek them out on the internet to see what they've been up to. And almost always, I'm smacked in the eyeballs by multi-colored fonts and background images louder than Nicki Minaj's wigs. To join the illustrious ranks of the professional fantasy author, it seems one must sign a pact, punishable by death if breached, which dictate that his or her website be a time portal to the early 90's when Geocities and animated gifs ruled supreme.
On one hand, they are totally awesome in that the host just doesn't seem to give a shit. These sites have a personal touch that's much more enduring than some cold, slick, corporate, Flash-flashy website. On the otherhand, they're just eye-bleedingly awful. You decide!
Disclaimer: I respect all the authors which the sites below serve (and love most of them); this is not a comment on the authors themselves, just on the baffling design choices of their websites. All screencaps were taken on the date of this writing.
For someone so successful, this is the most bad-ass "fuck you, you'll take it and like it" website on the internet.
I'm haunted by the words, "Last Updated 4/2/12" 2012?!
What, no MIDI?
You have to go to the actual site for the awesome light show.
First 3 rules of fantasy author website design: empty space.
Remember, kids, you've failed if the visitor can read what you've written. Also...Angelfire??
I don't know what I'm supposed to do with this.