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THE SIEGE, THE GUMS, AND THE BLUE

THE SIEGE, THE GUMS, AND THE BLUE– by Adrian Simmons   As the riders crested the hill, the line of fleeing refugees and farmers let out moans of terror, fearing them to be the vanguard of the Kimar army. Izydor Kiel heard the cry, and didn’t look back to see the horsemen, to confirm that this […]

THE VOICE OF THE GREEN FLAME

THE VOICE OF THE GREEN FLAME, by J.R. Restrick Nearly an hour had passed since King Kaledes died raving in his bed, succumbing to the violent fever that broke mind and spirit alike. Already word of his death had spread through Greykeep, though the horn did not sound that sounded always when a King of […]

BEGGAR’S BELIEF

BEGGAR’S BELIEF, by Jon Byrne My real name is Ingo Delk, but those who are acquainted to me, and I mean acquainted as I have no friends, call me either Ur Tansdoki, or Doki for short, which in Massamic means ‘The Unsmiling One’. The name is apt, for in the world I inhabit there are […]

THE BLUE LAMP

THE BLUE LAMP, by Robert Zoltan   Tis hard to lose a tattooed man, Six and one-half feet tall, I’d say, In shades of cobalt and cyan Within a sunless, cloudless day. But if into a shop you stray, Where statues and a cat you see, Beware then, lest you too fall prey To idol […]

BEAST HUNTER’S SONG

BEAST HUNTER’S SONG, by Michael Liguori “You’re a big fellow,” the serving girl said. She was a new face in the brothel, and though she stood a bit short for Sedrick’s tastes, her comely face and warm eyes and silky curls of auburn hair more than made up for that. Not to mention her bosom. […]

WHITE ELEPHANTS

WHITE ELEPHANTS, by Linda Donahue Driving gilded chariots, gaudy embassy guards rode across the Persian desert.  A shaded chariot, drawn by four horses in silk caparison, led a white elephant, its tusks decorated with tassels and capped with golden balls.  Silk curtains enclosed the howdah on the elephant’s back and a dark-skinned Mahout rode with […]

ENGINES RARELY SEEN

ENGINES RARELY SEEN, by N.G. Lancaster   The Grift came back from upstairs all red-faced, saying that he was going to help his whore dole out a vendetta. The whore himself, a wispy kid who was ugly but for his mop of chestnut hair, stood back on the stairs while the Grift made his declaration. […]

THE MADNESS OF THE MANSA

THE MADNESS OF THE MANSA, by Cullen Groves One summer night, a great storm arose over the western ocean, and many citizens and sailors in the port of Asongai told how they had seen the demons of madness walking the black winds in the darkness. The gales made wrack of the galleys in the harbor, […]

MELTING GOLD AND ASHES

MELTING GOLD AND ASHES, by Dennis Mombauer   The massive and ornate ship was visible even from the hills above the city, swarmed by ant-like workers who had been carrying pyrewood onboard its planks for days. When the ship would be ignited, the flames would burn hotter and higher than any flames had burned in […]

THE REEDS OF TORIN’S FIELD

THE REEDS OF TORIN’S FIELD, by Andrea G. Stewart Torin’s Field stretches before me like a reedy ocean, the hills forming the crests of waves.  I take a swig of wine from the pouch at my side, and it slides past my tongue, rich and astringent.  My former comrades liked to proclaim wine akin to […]

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