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RAKEFIRE

RAKEFIRE, by Jason Carney   This was after several secret meetings in smoky roothouses, where whispered secrets were swapped for more secrets couched in cryptolects and allegories. With them I had been shadowing Qwayas for several years, my erstwhile lover and son’s father, who I had questions for and possibly slow death, depending on his […]

COLDER THAN MARS

COLDER THAN MARS, by Andrew Crabtree   Mars is a god who loves the taste of it The bright red racing mortal taste of it So in his ring of iron he makes a war. In fields beyond the seven marble hills His men take arms to force strange kings to kneel. His sacred camp […]

THE PIRATE QUEEN CHING SHIH CONFRONTS HER DOPPELGANGER

THE PIRATE QUEEN CHING SHIH CONFRONTS HER DOPPELGANGER, by Kendall Evans   The sound of bells; swells of brackish water The harbor stench a dead-fish atmosphere— A bearded would-be pirate slight of build Standing on the dock in dreary overcast Applied one dawn to join the Red Flag Fleet   And take training on The […]

THE DOLMEN

THE DOLMEN, by Michael Tilbury   Countless times were we berated and warned not to go near that hill where stands the great dolmen yet we, so young, stole away on a fine summer’s day and came upon that tomb but what we saw, unbeknown was only our doom shambling forth from that vast stone […]

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly–Q32

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly helped get 2017 off to a good start, and we continue the trend with issue 32. Three stories, two poems, bonus artwork, and a bonus story! But before we get to the meat of issue 32, we need to unveil a dramatic turn of events. At Heroic Fantasy Quarterly we have a […]

THE DEATHS OF ALL WE ARE

THE DEATHS OF ALL WE ARE, by Liz Colter   Waking before dawn, I shift under the blankets that lie heavy on me; or is it soil covering me, nesting me deep and safe? The stone floor beneath the rushes leeches cold into my bare feet when I rise. Pouring from a pitcher, I dip my […]

SERAPH

SERAPH, by Ian McHugh   There was another frost the next morning, and snow starting to fall. “It should be getting warmer,” said Galya, following her mother to the seraph’s chamber beneath the keep. The cold made her limbs ache, even through fleece-lined boots and gloves and with several layers of undergarments. She could hear […]

THE ENEMY’S TRUE NAME

THE ENEMY’S TRUE NAME, by Mark Silcox   I caught sight of the three Blue Mages ascending the slope while they were still more than an hour away. The mist of their breath drifted upward as their ragged robes dragged behind them over the sharp stones. To the people of the plains, the richly dyed […]

HARD CROSSING AT LUHINMOV FORD

HARD CROSSING AT LUHINMOV FORD, by Adrian Simmons   1.   Cawella Five-Tongues inspected her two spotted horses while the armies waited for the decision of the kings. The horses remained calm, untroubled by the delays of protocol. It would not be a chariot duel, so they had little to worry over. Across the field, […]

NIGHTFOREST

NIGHTFOREST, by Andrew Stockton   There are parts of forests, As there are parts of minds, In which it is foolish to tread.   The horseman, strangely attired, a traveller’s smell, not knowing this land, reigned his anxious horse to a standstill. Above, colour bled from the sky: like a tired eye, its sallowness darkened […]

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