Category: Fantasy

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269

Hello, my darklings!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies released its second issue for January yesterday.  The offerings this time consists of a pair of stories by Marissa Lingen and Jordan Taylor.  Rest assured that “The Deepest Notes of the Harp and Drum” and “La Orpheline” will show you a couple of new twists on some familiar (or maybe not-so-familiar) fairy tales.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 18, 2019.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268

Hello, my darklings!

The first issue Beneath Ceaseless Skies for 2019 has arrived!  Published on January 3, they’ve kicked off the new year with a pair of stories “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” and “The Beast Weeps with One Eye” by Beth Cato and Morgan Al-Moor respectively.  Together, they explore themes of betrayal and survival and what happens when gods get a little nasty.

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 13, 2019.


Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, December 2018

Hello, my darklings!

December’s issue of Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores arrived just in time for the holidays.  This month’s issue features a lone story titled “The Book of Winter” by Caroline Friedel that is sure to bring a little extra glow to your cheeks this winter.

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Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores Review, published on TangentOnline.com on December 26, 2018.


Rogues of Merth Review

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Robert Zoltan released Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue in November 2018. This single-author collection consists of ten sword-and-sorcery-style stories, heavily inspired by Fritz Leiber’s classic lovable rogues Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser.  If you’re a fantasy fan, you should really check this book out.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Rogues of Merth Review, published on TangentOnline.com on December 23, 2018.

If you’ve read Zoltan’s book, let me know in the comments what you thought about Dareon and Blue!


Cirsova #10, Winter 2018

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Cirsova #10 has been released!  Featuring work by Spencer E. Hart, Frederick Gero Heimbach, Lauren Goff, and many others, readers will be sure to find something that tickles their fancy in this issue.

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Cirsova #10 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on December 6, 2018.


Grimdark #17, October 2018

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Grimdark #17 brings three stories to the table this October, starting with “A Risk of Malice” by Devin Madson, “Child of the Emptyness” by Amanda J. Spedding, and “A Place of Peace and Joy and Rest” by Brian Staveley.

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Grimdark #17 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on October 12, 2018.


Aurealis #114, September 2018

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Aurealis #114 features three original stories, including the future of dating in “Fail” by Sarah Napier, a smoking hot form of revenge in “A Figure in the Haze,” and a sparking fantasy a tale in “The Glassblower’s Peace” by James Rowland.

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Aurealis #114 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on September 15, 2018.


Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, August 2018

This month, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores brings us a story by Joan Stewart called “Rapunzel—A Re-Winding.”  I really quite liked this story.  Stewart takes the familiar tale and turns it a bit on its head, exploring notions like love, magic, and misconceptions.  If you love fairy tales, then you’ll enjoy this.

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Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores Review, published on TangentOnline.com on September 1, 2018.

Leave a note in the comments if you had the chance to read Stewart’s story!


Maidenfall by Tara Grímravn

As originally published on Medium

Who’s the girl, then? Come, now! It must be someone here in Eskivik sent you trekking all the way up that mountain to Maidenfall. The lovely Vigdis, maybe? Or dark-haired Ragnhild? You’ve fancied her ever since I can remember. Ah, the smith’s daughter, is it? Esja’s her name, right? Aye, a pretty one, that. And clever, too! I can see how she stole your heart. By the look of you, I’m guessing you feel your tribute to Itaia was successful then? You’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure. Esja usually comes ‘round to the tavern this time of day selling her ma’s eggs and butter.


A Fairy Tale: Black Aghy by Tara Grímravn

As originally published on Medium and in The Magikal Rite (October 2017)

Take heed, children, and be mindful of your ma and fa lest you be lost like so many before you. Scoff if you will, you little skelpie-limmer, but there’s strange and terrifying creatures afoot in this wide world of our’n. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that such a terrible thing happened at the edge of our own Umgol Forest, deep and dense. ’Twas three young brothers — Joreth the eldest, Jochen the youngest, and Jofrey in the middle between the two — that lived along the tree line in a small cottage with their mother and father. Father was a woodsman and a hunter, tall and strong like an oak tree. Mother, a clever and pretty lass, sold eggs from their hens and butter from their cows at the market in the small town of Umgol’fen. They were poor, to be sure, but happy, and together they earned just enough to provide them with what they needed. There were always plenty of candles to sew by and wood enough to keep them warm on cold nights, and that was enough for them.