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HEROIC FANTASY QUARTERLY — Q14

Fall is here and with it comes Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Issue 14!  If cooler weather, football, and the renewed availability of Octoberfest beers aren’t enough to lift your spirits, surely three free tales and a couple of poems will help you along. Check out our harvest: Fiction Contents DAY’S END AT THE THREE EELS, by […]

DAY’S END AT THE THREE EELS

DAY’S END AT THE THREE EELS, by Al Onia: Daryan the Bold lurched into the tavern. He hadn’t thought he could sink lower than the last waterfront dive but The Three Eels appeared to be a large step down in his spiraling night of debauchery. Well, at least, he likely wouldn’t be thrown out of […]

A SONG FOR THE NEW KING

A SONG FOR THE NEW KING, By S. Boyd Taylor: Archimandrus was fifty when the commission first came. A poem, a psalm for the new coronation. Oh how glorious! He had waited so long for this. Years. Decades. Had pushed away wife and child alike. Locked himself in dark rooms for months at a time. […]

DEATH AND DIGNITY

DEATH AND DIGNTIY, by Michael R. Fletcher: Thus Far: Some three weeks ago the Melechesh Pass, held for thousands of years by the Wizard’s Guild, fell to an unstoppable army of corpses. One corpse, Khraen, Fist of Sorhd-Rach, First General of the Invincible Hand, powerful demonologist, and loyal servant to the Emperor of eternal Palaq […]

THE SWORDSWOMAN

THE SWORDSWOMAN, by Jessica Salmonson: Sensing a weight of death and gloom observed by shades half-human, upon a steed that snorts at doom there rode the brave swordswoman. Her plume was white, her armor gleamed, the peasants watched her coming, hope brightened in their hearts and dreams: She rides! The brave swordswoman! Her sword was […]

SHADAKAR

SHADAKAR, by Barry King: Shadakar!  Shadakar!  Can you hear me? Your head, so heavy, so loose upon your neck. Shadakar!  Wake up! Ah, but the liquor has taken you away, Oh, Shadakar, Shadakar the mighty, whose weight of gold, whose thrice-heavy sword, whose swarm of spies, whose stolen life of luxury warms my bed. Time […]