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HEROIC FANTASY QUARTERLY — ISSUE 7

HEROIC FANTASY QUARTERLY– ISSUE 7 2010 ended with an entertainment-bang, what with True Grit, Harry Potter, and Tron Legacy, and 2011 starts off right with the septi-sensational seventh issue of HFQ! And as usual, it’s all free. We’re happy to present a full issue, complete with three stories and two poems for your reading pleasure. […]

LORD OF THE BRASS HOST

LORD OF THE BRASS HOST, by Dariel Quiogue: In the stillness of a moonless night, the final sounds of picks breaking through stone sounded as loud as armies.  Five grave robbers knelt muttering eagerly around the hole they had made through the roof of a buried tomb, shining torches into the yawning vault below.  Glints […]

THE LAST FREE BEAR

THE LAST FREE BEAR, by J.S. Bangs: The white bear stalked Tupiak across the ice, just as Tupiak stalked the twisted men. He did not see the bear except once or twice, a long ways off, as an ivory‑colored shape in the snow. The path of the twisted men ran in a straight line to […]

SHATTERING THE SPEAR

SHATTERING THE SPEAR, by P. Djeli Clark: Msizi clutched the leather straps, holding on for life as the great umkhombe thundered across the plain. Its powerful hooves broke dry and cracked soil, sending up billows of red dust in its wake. Umkhombe were familiar in his homeland, quick to anger and always in a foul […]

LAMENT FOR THE FATHERS

LAMENT FOR THE FATHERS, by Joshua Hampton: Heed me, Sons of the Fathers, huddled round the great hall’s hearth, let’s hear such tales of war and woe, of kin and kind unlike us, once told on false fiddles and lying lyres strung with catgut slanders, screaming sweet songs of dreadful deeds never to be undone […]

METTLE

METTLE, by Scott Matthews: This climb must be my ending quest, glory paves the road behind. My trek onto this mountain peak, the last hill left to climb. Temptations many did I slake and oft’ my way was woe. That I might pass through yonder gate I’ve bested every foe. There came a time I […]