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CRAZY SNAKE AND THE TRIBUTE FOR PACHACAMAC

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE TRIBUTE FOR PACHACAMAC- by Eric Atkisson     After defeating the immortal Spanish sorcerer of El Castillo and releasing Cipitio and the Ciguanaba from their curse, Crazy Snake spends the winter of 1856-57 and early spring fighting alongside Nicaraguan rebels against the forces of President William Walker, an American mercenary and […]

THE COIN AND THE MUSHROOM

THE COIN AND THE MUSHROOM– by Gerald Warfield “Looking for the coin?” Startled, Chadwick looked up, then rose to his knees in the midst of the undergrowth. “Oh, it’s you, my lady.” Dropping his paring knife into his basket, he turned and bowed as best he could, still on his knees. “You slipped up on […]

FOUR AGAINST OLYMPUS

FOUR AGAINST OLYMPUS- by Matt Hlinak It was the Age of Heroes, when tools of bronze carved city-states from the wilderness, and words of wisdom were not written down—they were sung. Herakles sat uneasily upon his throne in Abdera. While other tyrants adorned themselves in silk and gold, the son of Zeus wore only the […]

THE SIEGE, THE GUMS, AND THE BLUE

THE SIEGE, THE GUMS, AND THE BLUE– by Adrian Simmons   As the riders crested the hill, the line of fleeing refugees and farmers let out moans of terror, fearing them to be the vanguard of the Kimar army. Izydor Kiel heard the cry, and didn’t look back to see the horsemen, to confirm that this […]

ROLE

ROLE– by Scott Hutchison   His fearsome tribe is battle-ready, brawny, broad of shoulders, scar-muscled. He is small, a runt allowed to live. Never once at the forefront of a charge. Not his place. He brings up the rear.   Still, his table-companions raise a cup, acknowledge his role, his steady tactics: the enemy who […]

UNVICTORIUS

UNVICTORIUS–by Christina Sng   Carrion sit at his window, Curious, awaiting patiently For death’s eventual visitation.   Time has passed, Accelerated before his eyes. So much to do, so little time.   But he is resigned. He’s paid his dues To the demons outside.   He unclasps his heart And watches in the dark As […]

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly–Q26

November and winter is just around the corner. What can get you through those long winter nights, those bleak grey days? Tales of adventure and derring-do, that’s what! And we have them for you, in abundance! Three stories, three poems, special artwork, a project completed, and a new editor round out this issue.   Fiction […]

THE VOICE OF THE GREEN FLAME

THE VOICE OF THE GREEN FLAME, by J.R. Restrick Nearly an hour had passed since King Kaledes died raving in his bed, succumbing to the violent fever that broke mind and spirit alike. Already word of his death had spread through Greykeep, though the horn did not sound that sounded always when a King of […]

BEGGAR’S BELIEF

BEGGAR’S BELIEF, by Jon Byrne My real name is Ingo Delk, but those who are acquainted to me, and I mean acquainted as I have no friends, call me either Ur Tansdoki, or Doki for short, which in Massamic means ‘The Unsmiling One’. The name is apt, for in the world I inhabit there are […]

THE BLUE LAMP

THE BLUE LAMP, by Robert Zoltan   Tis hard to lose a tattooed man, Six and one-half feet tall, I’d say, In shades of cobalt and cyan Within a sunless, cloudless day. But if into a shop you stray, Where statues and a cat you see, Beware then, lest you too fall prey To idol […]

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