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HEROIC FANTASY QUARTERLY–ISSUE 13

Even as the rumble of the Oklahoma City Thunder fades, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly keeps the adrenaline going with Issue 13. This is our three-year anniversary issue — an eternity on the internet! Coincidentally, tales by two of this quarter’s fictioneers mark their third publications at HFQ. Weird. But in a good way. In this issue […]

A GAME OF CHESS

A GAME OF CHESS, by David Pilling: On the morning of one inauspicious day in early spring, with the sky as grey as the towers of Camelot and the incessant rain trickling into our chain mail, we rode out. One hundred and forty-nine brave young knights, eager to win glory and honour, and one miserable […]

RENEGADE

RENEGADE, by Alex Marshall: The silence deepened as the boat slipped onward under the trees.  Even the dip and pull of the pilot’s oar made scarcely a noise as the slime-dark hull skimmed the water.  Seated in the prow, Dyer watched the pilot warily.  He was a local man; one of the Char Cutters who […]

DANCE UPON SAND

DANCE UPON SAND, by Seamus Bayne: I consider how fragile humans are as I bring my axe onto the shield of the cavalrywoman. The blade bites deep, and blood sprays forth. She drops her shield, screaming. Her blood is the coin of my revenge on the sorcerer king, Theisius, who has made me into a […]

ADVICE ON THE SLAYING OF WURMS

ADVICE ON THE SLAYING OF WURMS, by Michelle Muenzler: Sit, wurm slayer, and listen, for I will speak these words but once. There are three rules when it comes to slaying wurms, no matter what the city farseers and pigeon-gutters might tell you. Obey these, and your wurm will fall. Fail them and . . […]

ADVENT OF AN APOCALYPSE

ADVENT OF AN APOCALYPSE, by Bethany Powell: They are combing each other’s hair when the end comes. A raven’s poised to land in their linen standard and they do not jump when the horn sounds the finish. Instead, they make mazes of fierce braid and plait, or smooth out thin sheaves of gold hair, before […]