Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Issue 13 went live July 1. This is our 3rd anniversary issue — hard to believe! And equally hard work, at times, but the joy of discovering cool stories, poems, and art makes it all worthwhile. Big thanks to William Ledbetter for joining the team a year or so ago, and to Jim Lecky for throwing in for a stint before William. And of course big thanks to all our contributors over the years. (Is HFQ too young for me to use that verbiage — over the years?)
Here’s a snippet from Issue 13’s editorial, including content:
Even as the rumble of the Oklahoma City Thunder fades, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly keeps the adrenaline going with Issue 13. This is our three-year anniversary issue — an eternity on the internet! Coincidentally, tales by two of this quarter’s fictioneers mark their third publications at HFQ. Weird. But in a good way. In this issue we’re also proud to present poetry by a Texan and an Oklahoman — a veritable Red River Rivalry of speculative poetry!
We get year four off to a strong start with a full complement of material:
A GAME OF CHESS, by David Pilling
Two-time HFQ alum David Pilling is back with his third remarkable tale, in which the most disabused knight of the Round Table has to do some heavy heroic lifting to save his hotheaded companion. We got your en passant right here!
RENEGADE, by Alex Marshall
Also returning for a third round is Alex Marshall with a tale of adventure, action, and a last shot (pun intended, you mixed-techies) at redemption in his far-future world of Pangaia.
DANCE UPON SAND, by Seamus Bayne
We enjoyed last issue’s CROWN OF SORROWS so much that we had to have more adventures of the now less-than-human Ordwin. If you missed this tale’s forbear, check it out here.
ADVICE ON THE SLAYING OF WURMS, by Michelle Muenzler
No ordinary creatures, no ordinary rules.
ADVENT OF AN APOCALYPSE, by Bethany Powell
Bethany Powell is back at HFQ with another great piece. You think your work is never done? Try escorting fallen warriors to the afterlife . . .
Jonas Jakobsson’s Watched by Owls graces our banner in Issue 13. Many thanks, Jonas — love your work! If you want to check out more of his art, you can find him at Deviant Art, here.
To read the rest of the editorial and for live links, click here.
Thanks for stopping by!
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Issue 12 went live April 1st — and on time, as usual. This issue’s art is by two-time contributor Mariusz Gandzel. Thanks, Mariusz . . . you’re providing all the eye candy we need!
As for mind candy, check out what we’ve got for you in HFQ Issue 12:
CROWN OF SORROWS, by Seamus Bayne
As sword and sorcerous as we’ve seen in quite awhile at HFQ! A mercenary must become more (and far less) than human to claim a prize.
RHINDOR’S REMISSION, by Russell Miller
The mantle of centuries weighs heavy: a sorcerer’s vast mystical power on the one hand, imminent senility on the other!
BLADE AND BRANCH AND STONE, by Spencer Ellsworth
New dangers, new magics, and new moral dilemmas meet settlers at the edge of an empire.
BURYING THE PLOUGHSHARE, by Bethany Powell
Ah, the joys of carving out a peaceful existence in postwar times. Wait — joy might not be the best choice of words.
SIDHE-SONG, by Phil Emery
A Celt survives the battlefield to live life freely and on his own terms. Or maybe not . . .
LEGEND, by Colleen Anderson
The ultimate endangered species, ultimately hunted to extinction. Almost brings a tear to the eye. Almost.
Last but not least, here are a couple of reviews for HFQ Issue 12:
Thanks, reviewers — we appreciate the love!
And thanks to you for stopping by Storm of the North blog. In coming months, I hope to have exciting news regarding publication of Storm of the North, the novel.
Until then, go forth and read!
We just published the 9th issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. The art for this edition was created by Bill Bricker. Here’s a rundown of the prose and poetry in HFQ 9:
THE DOME OF FLORENCE PART II, by Richard Marsden
The Inquisition-era adventures of Mahir and Filippo versus the sinister Prelate Dominus conclude in the second installment of HFQ’s first-ever novella. If you missed the first part of The Dome of Florence, you can check it out here.
DEMON-FANG, by R. Michael Burns
The samurai Hokagé returns in this follow-up to HFQ Issue 3’s incredible Shadows from Firelight. And if you haven’t yet read Shadows, go ahead and read this tale first; it’s very nearly a double-edged origin story — for both Hokagé and his sword, Demon-Fang.
OF CASTING PITS AND CAUSTIC SALTS, by Scott Andrews
Swords and sorcery, cloak and dagger, AND giant insects . . . what’s not to love? One more mission and Turusha can leave behind a life of espionage — that is, if everything goes as she planned.
FRAGMENT THIRTY-SEVEN, by Robert Shmigelsky
Oh, if you only knew then what you know now . . .
CONFRONTING THE DEMON OF HIDDEN THINGS, by David Sklar
Three adventurers, three weapons, one outcome. And plenty left for you to ponder after the poem has ended! With this offering David enters rare air here at HFQ, becoming only the second poet we’ve published more than once. We encourage you to check out HFQ Issue 8 to read his previous work.
If you haven’t already, check out HFQ Issue 9 — and check back here soon for goings-on in the wacky world of Scandinavian interest. Uff da!
Happy New Year, everybody!
On January 1st we published our seventh issue of HeroicFantasyQuarterly. We pulled off a complete lineup this time, with three short stories and two poems:
LORD OF THE BRASS HOST, by Dariel Quiogue
Dare we call this beauty a tale of S&S steampunk upon the steppes? We dare!
THE LAST FREE BEAR, by J. S. Bangs
Hope drives them across the tundra, and revenge into a world of legend!
SHATTERING THE SPEAR, by P. Djeli Clark
When the forces of the Witch Priest threaten the Southlands, only the
mighty Zhusa and their allies stand in the way. But are unbreakable spears enough to stop this ancient evil . . .
LAMENT FOR THE FATHERS, by Joshua Hampton
A poem seemingly straight from the middle ages! With this his second poem to grace our electronic pages, Mr. Hampton currently reigns as HFQ’s Poet Laureate. (You can check out the prior here, from the halcyon days of ’09.)
METTLE, by Scott Matthews
We couldn’t have asked for a better winter poem. Short but powerful, certain lines of this piece are sure to warm the hearts of heroic fans everywhere — you’ll know ‘em when you see ‘em!
This issue’s art is “Wizard’s Fire” by Simon Cowell.
In this issue we also unveiled the HFQ T-shirt, which you can check out and/or order by following the link posted in HFQ’s editorial.
Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!
We successfully published Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Issue 6. This time, we found two cool stories and two poems. From our editorial:
HEART OF MAN, by David Pilling
Heathen rites and anti-establishment battles in ye olde Britain. Last issue we mentioned HFQ would consider publishing historical fantasy — stories like this are why we opened the doors to real world settings.
THE SEA WASP, by Robert Rhodes
Thuggery on the high seas as superstitious corsairs abscond with a young scribe. What’s the saying? You can take the boy out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the boy . . .
AMBITION, PURPOSE, OUTCOME, by Charles Saplak
The future is a hard thing to know. But you knew that. Nevermind — we think you’ll like this one.
THE DANCE, by Shennandoah Diaz
How long did you think it would last?
Hope you’ll check out this issue of HFQ. Thanks for stopping by!
I’m happy to say we published Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Issue 4 last week — right on time! We found two cool stories and poems this go ’round. This issue’s banner art is by Jesus Garcia Lopez, whose website and other work you can find a link to at HFQ. I hope you’ll check it out when you get a chance.
Thanks for stopping by!
We published the third issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly on New Year’s Eve. (Yes — HFQ editors DO have lives! We’d done all the work already and merely needed to push the virtual publish button. Sweet!) HFQ Issue 3 features a very cool Samurai tale, a decidedly original Arthurian story, and a gun-wielding dragon-slayer yarn.
You can check out these stories here:
Thanks for stopping by!