Heroic Fantasy Quarterly–Q23

From the depths of winter HFQ has arisen to get you through those last few months to spring with stories to both warm you and chill you!  Three full-sized stories and poems that will stick in your mind like stories. Fiction Contents Crazy Snake and the Cuguanaba, by Eric Atkisson Crazy Snake joins the ranks […]

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE CIGUANABA

CRAZY SNAKE AND THE CIGUANABA, by Eric Atkisson   I Help me. The horseman froze. He could not be certain if he had heard a voice at all–little more than a gentle whisper above the murmur of the falls, the branches rustling overhead in the night breeze, and the soft crunch of his pony’s hooves […]

WITH A GOLDEN RISHA

WITH A GOLDEN RISHA, by  P. Djéli Clark The Hanging Stones of Ispa had been aptly (if also quite boringly) named. Twenty or more boulders floating high above the Jade Sea, as if unaware their weight should have made such a thing impossible. Some held a sorcerer had convinced the fool things they were feathers […]

BRONZE-ARD, THE FERRET MASTER, AND AUSPICIOUS EVENTS AT SWIFT CREEK FARM

BRONZE-ARD, THE FERRET MASTER, AND AUSPICIOUS EVENTS AT SWIFT CREEK FARM, by Adrian Simmons   The remarkable occurrence of both Bronze-Ard and the Ferret Master arriving on the same day at Swift Creek Farm presented Bellaw and her siblings with a rare opportunity to slip out of a day’s work.  And, since the farm was […]

WITCH AND PALADIN

WITCH AND PALIDIN, by Reilly S. Blackwell   Let me pull you into blackberry blood and tangled thorns. Let me teach you of skin and bone and meat that you saw, breathing, moments before it died.   Let me teach you that your faith and your willpower, your selfless conviction, are nothing against a bear’s […]

THE DANCER

THE DANCER, by  Susan Carlson   A dancer haunts my dreams. In Enzabar she saved me with one sharp jerk of her chin during a routine of exquisite softness. The man who crept behind me went to his gods screaming, as all cowards go.   She was never a coward. When I stole her, she […]