HEROIC FANTASY QUARTERLY — ISSUE 8

The second quarter of 2011 has arrived, and with it comes Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Issue 8!  We  bear remarkable tales, delights, and news.  And we exuberate in our labors!  Two short stories, three poems, and our first ever novella: Fiction Contents DEMON SONG, by A. R. Williams Supernatural samurai slices some serious adventure. (Sorry, A. R. […]

DEMON SONG

DEMON SONG, by A. R. Williams: Kenshin Nobuyashi knew the ring was important, but he could not remember why. An onyx stone formed its crest, and within that stone a diamond caught the disappearing light from the sun. The reflection swirled in shadow and light the longer he gazed at it. “It’s just a ring,” […]

THE BARONESS DREFELIN

THE BARONESS DREFELIN, by David Pilling: The knight’s name was Brian Fitz-Count, and every step of his horse was taking him farther away from where he wanted to be. Or, to be more precise, the person he wanted to be with. The Queen of England haunted his waking moments and stalked his dreams, so he […]

GILGAMESH (WHAT THE SUMERIANS SEEM TO HAVE MISSED)

GILGAMESH (WHAT THE SUMERIANS SEEM TO HAVE MISSED) by David Sklar: When first I sought my brother in the Kingdom of the Dead, I did not know exactly what I hoped to find. Not forgiveness, for I did not put him there. Not an apology; he did not put me here. But when I walked […]

MIGHTIER THAN

MIGHTIER THAN, by Keith Kennedy: Pile on — brothers of carnage add your rage, make pure your lust for death. In times of consequence, let there be no other reason but the one that delivers blood. Feed off the ache of a dulled blade, as it moans, loosed from its housing once more, to create […]

I SHALL NOT DIE HERE (BALLADE OF A WARRIOR BOUND)

I SHALL NOT DIE HERE (BALLADE OF A WARRIOR BOUND), by Jason M. Waltz: Pulled taut, Oh! so painfully taut, cold links stretched tight — chains draped in quantities self-wrought. Loathed, debased, abused — endless pains never dimming, never hiding darker stains of iniquities untold, retold, sold ado . . . All lost; empty favors […]