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CRAZY SNAKE AND THE TRIBUTE FOR PACHACAMAC- PART II

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE TRIBUTE FOR PACHACAMAC- PART II, by Eric Atkisson   After a high seas chase by mercenaries of Nicaragua’s usurper president, William Walker, Crazy Snake and his loyal horse Aahtaqui are forced to abandon ship near a mysterious, mist-enshrouded isle. The horseman soon encounters a magical “stone man” who demands tribute for […]

CURSE OF BEAUTY

CURSE OF BEAUTY, by Marlena Frank *-* She knew she was beautiful. In fact, she found it painfully obvious. Catharine owned no mirrors and her windows had no glass. There was not a scrap of reflective metal in her house, and even her image in the river was a wave of motion. No, Catharine had […]

BROTHERHOOD OF THE BOOK

BROTHERHOOD OF THE BOOK, by M.R. Timson   Page One, Chapter One, Volume 986 The year has turned, and the first page of a new volume has come again. And as the solar lamp rose over the spine of the world I spent it on the track towards the monastery, watching as the great dome […]

THE SIEGE, THE GUMS, AND THE BLUE– Part II

THE SIEGE, THE GUMS, AND THE BLUE- Part II, by Adrian Simmons By a whim of fate, young Izydor escaped the tide of the invading Kimar army, only to find himself pressed into service as a soldier of the besieged city of Oskzeyn. With his family presumed murdered outside the walls, Izydor has survived and […]

INHERITANCE

INHERITANCE, by Mary Soon Lee High above, the dragon watched the king and his young son approach through deepening snow. Flew down when they drew close. Her laughter boomed from the rocks like an anvil dropped on granite. “Back again, Xau? And bringing your princeling with you?” King Xau knelt, weaponless, crownless. He bowed so […]

THE ALLFATHER’S RAVENS

THE ALLFATHER’S RAVENS, by David Sklar Beside the sleeping Odin, Memory yawps about the flavor of his master’s eye. And Thought, his brother, hungrily recalls, perched on the Well of Knowledge, gazing down at Memory pecking at the sodden orb, which sank beneath his beak, bobbed up again before he plucked it from the sacred […]

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly–Q27

Winter is in full swing and a five-planet alignment portends great things. And the great things portended are now at hand! Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Issue 27 comes to you with the full cargo of stories and poems, AND bonus artwork, AND a bonus story. + Fiction Contents Crazy Snake and the Tribute for Pachacamac, by […]

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 […]

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