Article Category Archives: Fantasy

Fantasy Stories

  1. Shamrock Part 8 – Illusion

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2016 Josh Brown 2,143 total views, 2 views today

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  2. Murmuration

    Clara stepped back from the floor-to-ceiling window, her breath tightening in her chest. On the mulch below the sill lay the crooked figure of a bluebird, its claws curled tight against its breast. Two downy feathers stuck to the glass, nearly transparent in the sunshine. The backs of Clara’s knees bumped into the edge of […]

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  3. No Gods but Men

    The village celebrated the dying of the light. Drunken revelers lined Red Stick’s single dirt road, tribal boundaries eddied by the foot stamping skirl of whistle and hand drum. Despite the jovial mood, I knew better than to brave the red-gold light of the setting sun. The sight of me would remind them of what […]

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  4. My Mother After Life

    After my mother died, she came into the house every night and cleaned. I could hear the water running and pans settling into the dish rack. I wanted to yell down for her to rest in peace or something, but I knew she would not hear me. So I tried to clean every inch of […]

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  5. O!

    “A soul?” The shopkeeper was a small, wiry man, with eyes the color of warm caramel. “I’m afraid not, ma’am. Not really in our line, you see.” He glanced at something under the counter before him, and called to the back room, “Rion, could you come out for a moment?” “Your sign says ‘Sundries’,” said […]

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  6. The Stubbornness of Wizards

    We wizards are a stubborn lot, but it is from our stubbornness that we draw our power. To demonstrate what I mean, I shall relate the story of a young wizard-in-training. Now then. I awoke one spring morning to a knock at my cottage door. I was not yet in a mood to get up, […]

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  7. Shamrock #7 – Shadows

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2016 Josh Brown 1,623 total views, 2 views today

    1,623 total views, 2 views today

  8. “Apprentice”

    Master Jepthe, adept of a thousand gestures, kicked his apprentice in the back. “The movements must be exact,” he thundered. “Unless the spell’s cadence and enunciation are perfect, you will be a fool waving his arms and speaking gibberish. Your body must know even when your mind does not. Do it again.” Wedge gritted his […]

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  9. “The Memory of Huckleberries”

    Old Woman sits outside a cedar plank house watching the ghosts of her nephews dig out the center of a new war canoe. It sits near the high tide line, balanced in the damp sand. The sun hangs low on the horizon, its soft light shimmering through their transparent bodies. She leans back, her fingers […]

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  10. Prosperity’s Shadow

    Vicar equated stepping into the Questioner’s Hall to setting foot in the waters of the Riverdun on a hot summer day. It might look tranquil during the approach, but when the undercurrents got ahold of you, they’d never let go. Still, the city outside was burning, and someone had to answer. He’d been here before. […]

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  11. Mother Salt and her Sisters

    We sit, my sister and I, watching surf break on the rocks. In the distance, a lone schooner swings in the storm, white sail all a’panic. “It’s your turn,” I whisper. Shaye nods. She cracks open the crab in her hands and sucks out the flesh. She grins, showing jagged teeth. I offer her the […]

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  12. Shamrock #6 – Perseverance

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2016 Josh Brown 1,869 total views, 3 views today

    1,869 total views, 3 views today

  13. The Velna Valsis

    Herr Doktor Ostermann drops the needle. A scratchy hiss fills the decayed splendor of Charlotte’s Viennese apartment. Outside, night is falling and a crowd gathers in the plaza. There are angry shouts—”Murderers! Juden!”—the sound of dogs barking. Charlotte does not know the reason for the commotion, nor does she care; her world has shrunk to […]

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  14. The Great Excuse

    I wish I had died without seeing those things. Then it would’ve been simple: there I’d be, just another homeless drunk, stiff in some alley somewhere. I could handle the dull remorse in those last moments, and the knowledge that I had wasted my life. The tragedy would’ve been a local one. Long forgotten by […]

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  15. Talking with Honored Guests

    Olufemi bowed his head and rubbed his temples. His braids fell like a curtain, shielding his grimace. He musn’t become angry. For a moment, he imagined his internal fire exploding, flames escaping his pores to engulf the small hut and the guildsmen quarreling in it. Their shouting continued. “A mere blacksmith disrepects the Main of […]

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  16. Red Cup

    The seed’s shell cracked. A shoot pushed up through the soil, striving for the surface and sunlight. It broke into the brightness of a new life as its roots dove into the ground, absorbing life-giving nutrients and water. The plant continued to grow through many cycles of sunlight, rain, and darkness. Its stem extended beyond […]

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  17. Sundark and Winterling

    Sundark awoke to rain drumming on the windowpane and dripping from the eaves. In the street below, the footsteps of early risers splashed along the cobbles. None paused outside her house; the house that was once the dragon, Winterling. It was almost as though most of the people had all but forgotten it was there; a splash of jewels and dragon-skin against the shadowy gothic spires and crooked mansions that spread through the old district. They were used to living alongside the fae, so many people thought the music that rilled from the roof and rained down from the eaves on moonlit nights was just a clever trick, when they bothered to notice it at all.

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  18. Shamrock – Part 5 – Monkey Business

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2015 Josh Brown 1,705 total views, 2 views today

    1,705 total views, 2 views today

  19. Lost Souls

    My mistress told me three things. She said that butterflies were the souls of lost children, that silkworm larva were women, transformed by an evil magician to weave silk for the emperor. She said that millions of mummified Egyptian cats had been sent to Great Britain, where they were ground into powder and used to […]

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  20. Protecting Nessie

    Agatha opened the door to the Grubby Shoat. She paused, and, while her eyes adjusted to the gloom, a gust of wind blew a squall of rain through the door. Despite the fog of candle and fire smoke, she saw the elderly barkeeper turn pale. “Be at ease, old man. We seek more virile prey.” […]

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