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HEROIC FANTASY QUARTERLY – ISSUE 1

Hello and welcome to the first issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly! Within the Featured Article section you’ll find links to stories and poems submitted by five fantastic writers — fantastic and bold for taking a chance on a new publication. But they weren’t the only ones who took a chance; we humbly thank the hundreds […]

THE BLACK FLOWERS OF SEVAN, by James Lecky

The Knight moved relentlessly toward the King. His Majesty was alone.  His castles gone, his rank-and-file decimated — even his Queen had been taken from him. The end was in sight. A moment’s hesitation and then . . . shah mat! The game was over. “Your mother was a jackal, Tulun,” Abbas Bedvian said. He […]

ANSEL’S ARMY, by Elizabeth Barrette

The summer’s heat is hardly past, The harvest not yet in. Confused on hillsides, cattle roam With nary barn nor pen — But not a horse you’ll find abroad Where Ansel’s army’s been. This time last summer, side by side, We worked in every field. The kingsmen and the cottagers Made every meadow yield — […]

MAN OF MOLDANIA, by Richard Marsden

Golorus von Zekwit, last surviving member of the Most Catholic Order of the Claws and probably the last dragon slayer in existence, stared at the crude map, glancing up with a furrow of a white brow to take in the sight of the town. The term ‘town’ was, in his opinion, abundantly generous. A handful […]

LEO PASSIMUS REMEMBERS HIS FIRST VOYAGE, by Danny Adams

Believe my words, I tried the settled path — You, my wife of raven hair to make the night jealous, Our daughter and two sons all with matching sapphire eyes, Books to comfort restlessness with distant knowledge — But my young feet would never give me rest! Every wind carried scents of amber music With […]

BEYOND THE LIZARD GATE, by Alex Marshall

The dead and dying surrounded him as Prince Inarus stalked the battlefield beneath a setting sun. Ruddy light gleamed on shattered helms, broken lances and pools of congealing gore. Carrion birds descended shrieking like ghouls upon mounds of the slain, whilst beneath the blood-soaked ground other less wholesome creatures stirred and crawled out to feast […]