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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 […]

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE TRIBUTE FOR PACHACAMAC

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE TRIBUTE FOR PACHACAMAC- by Eric Atkisson     After defeating the immortal Spanish sorcerer of El Castillo and releasing Cipitio and the Ciguanaba from their curse, Crazy Snake spends the winter of 1856-57 and early spring fighting alongside Nicaraguan rebels against the forces of President William Walker, an American mercenary and […]

THE COIN AND THE MUSHROOM

THE COIN AND THE MUSHROOM– by Gerald Warfield “Looking for the coin?” Startled, Chadwick looked up, then rose to his knees in the midst of the undergrowth. “Oh, it’s you, my lady.” Dropping his paring knife into his basket, he turned and bowed as best he could, still on his knees. “You slipped up on […]

FOUR AGAINST OLYMPUS

FOUR AGAINST OLYMPUS- by Matt Hlinak It was the Age of Heroes, when tools of bronze carved city-states from the wilderness, and words of wisdom were not written down—they were sung. Herakles sat uneasily upon his throne in Abdera. While other tyrants adorned themselves in silk and gold, the son of Zeus wore only the […]

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