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EYES OR NO EYES

EYES OR NO EYES, by Martin Rose   There is no magic left in the world, nor much left of heroes to go with it. Lest you think the post of ‘wizard’ to be venerable and worthy, let me assure you otherwise, for I am the most miserable so-called wizard of the Thirteen Keeps. I […]

SEVEN MOVES ON AN ORDRULK BOARD

SEVEN MOVES ON AN ORDRULK BOARD, BY Adrian Simmons   1 The dead merchants, hung in the trees with their heads tied in their hands, nearly drove Muriq back from the Governor’s Forest. They had been there for a while, perhaps a little over a week. Flies swarmed around them and welled up from the […]

LETHE’S CUP AND THE WHITE SWORD–Part 1

LETHE’S CUP AND THE WHITE SWORD, by Cullen Groves   Was in the green of spring, Love walked the land And bent her great black bow in mighty hand; Dost think her smooth of skin and fair of face? But she was born of that long ancient race, Those giants who defied the gods of […]

SHADOWS IN SAKAMURA

SHADOWS IN SAKAMURA, by Matthew Wuertz   The moon cast Tsukiko’s shadow as a larger figure than it should have been, both in height and girth. She walked along a simple road, wearing armor and carrying a naginata – a pole weapon fitted with a curved blade at one end. She carried the sheathed weapon […]

RACING THE HEADSMAN

RACING THE HEADSMAN, by Andrew Knighton   Bullets hissed past Sir Henry Torrent’s head like a swarm of angry flies. Some hit the floating prison’s quay, knocking splintered holes through the planks. Others vanished into the darkness, lost between a starless sky and the endless sea. At this range, he feared only a little for […]

SPATHA STERCAE

SPATHA STERCAE, by James Frederick William Rowe   Many thousands of years ago in deep antiquity, yet still after the age of the Gods, a giant came down from the Frima mountains to visit oppression upon the Veirans. A thing of hate, pride, and hunger, the giant made sport and meat of they who would […]

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE TRIBUTE FOR PACHACAMAC- PART II

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE TRIBUTE FOR PACHACAMAC- PART II, by Eric Atkisson   After a high seas chase by mercenaries of Nicaragua’s usurper president, William Walker, Crazy Snake and his loyal horse Aahtaqui are forced to abandon ship near a mysterious, mist-enshrouded isle. The horseman soon encounters a magical “stone man” who demands tribute for […]

CURSE OF BEAUTY

CURSE OF BEAUTY, by Marlena Frank *-* She knew she was beautiful. In fact, she found it painfully obvious. Catharine owned no mirrors and her windows had no glass. There was not a scrap of reflective metal in her house, and even her image in the river was a wave of motion. No, Catharine had […]

BROTHERHOOD OF THE BOOK

BROTHERHOOD OF THE BOOK, by M.R. Timson   Page One, Chapter One, Volume 986 The year has turned, and the first page of a new volume has come again. And as the solar lamp rose over the spine of the world I spent it on the track towards the monastery, watching as the great dome […]

THE SIEGE, THE GUMS, AND THE BLUE– Part II

THE SIEGE, THE GUMS, AND THE BLUE- Part II, by Adrian Simmons By a whim of fate, young Izydor escaped the tide of the invading Kimar army, only to find himself pressed into service as a soldier of the besieged city of Oskzeyn. With his family presumed murdered outside the walls, Izydor has survived and […]

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