Article Category Archives: Fantasy

Fantasy Stories

  1. Last Age of Kings

    Fog approached the town. Roshar knew it would happen, but it was still unsettling to see it touch the outskirts of his home. The day before, you could still see the fields. And the week before that Lithgard was still visible if you looked hard enough. But they had all been swallowed up by the spectral fog that scrubbed them out of existence.

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  2. The Hummingbird Air

    The outlander sat cross-legged on the lip of the oasis at Nagba, a pure, infinitely deep turquoise well-pool set in the chalk-stone of the Drakat. His eyes were closed, or seemed to be, under the shadow of a plain broad hat circled by a shimmering band of feathers. One hand upward to the sun, one inverted to the earth, he meditated the Driftage rune of transience. Drone bees thirsting to drink at the pool gave voice to the heat of a Drakat noonday: fierce and constant, fierce and unwelcoming.

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  3. The Genie and the Inquisitor

    Gray smoke billowed from the broken glass ornament, and from the smoke emerged a face. The chin appeared first—a sharpened cone with a beard, pointed like pencil lead—then the grin, wide and bright, two parallel rows of pristine teeth. The eyes blinked, then opened, circles of clear water with tight blue orbs for pupils. The genie pitched its head back and laughed, a raucous sound, like boulders racing down a cliff.

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  4. The Parting Gift

    I lay face down in the middle of Cobalt Lake, arms and legs splayed in the dead man’s float, waiting for my sister to die. Annie hadn’t stirred when my father tried to rouse her this morning. My mother had hovered near her bedside, and the hospice nurse had lingered in the doorway, trying to […]

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  5. Shamrock – Part 4 – Hero’s Scream

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2015 Josh Brown 1,618 total views, 1 views today

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  6. Where the Millennials Went

    It used to be that a girl child of eleven or twelve could slip into the Garden of Sweet Tea and Crisps on any errant sunbeam, just as long as the sunbeam entered her window at a forty-five degree angle to the wooden cracks in her bedroom floor. Naturally. When she felt so inclined, she […]

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  7. Exit Strategy

    Delevan looked around the nondescript street again and squinted down at the scrap of cloth in his hand. 12 Carver’s Street, 2nd bell. This was the place. Delevan knocked hard on the solid oak door. Just because someone wanted to play faces and masks with him, didn’t mean he needed to participate. He knocked again, […]

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  8. Beneath the Raven’s Wing

    The haunting masculine voice that had drawn Moira into the night tickled at the edge of her hearing, rich and sweet as honey fresh from the hive, seeming to come from everywhere and nowhere, but always just ahead in the heavy fog that swirled over the lands around Castle Clary. Moira picked her way forward. […]

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  9. Sea Found

    I‘d been so aroused by the idea of him for so long, actually seeing him was like a first kiss. The Young Man of the Sea. He’d haunted the shore for a century. Thinking of him had become a full-time job. Our family’s summer cottage sat squat on the Connecticut coast, on a rough piece […]

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  10. Thomas Lynne

    In the summer I turned seventeen, just two weeks after school let out, Thomas Lynne came rolling into town in that old heap of a car he stole from his daddy. It was a 1973 Chrysler LeBaron, the ugliest damn car you ever seen in your life. It had peeling flat red paint and a […]

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  11. Shamrock – Part 3 – Fury Uncaged

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2015 Josh Brown 1,891 total views, 1 views today

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  12. For the Heart I Never Had

    The shadow fell over every palm and limestone arch. A hush washed over the market as shoppers set down their baskets and gazed up. In the distance, a gong announced the strike of noon. That was Azai’s signal. Some people spent a few seconds in prayer, others minutes, but merchant and beggar alike took at […]

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  13. The Magister’s Clock

    A door hinged open in the golden face of the clock. Saffiah stood in front of it, not breathing, waiting for an answer. The flame of her torch sputtered in the cold air. The miraculous timepiece whirred and ticked and whirred again. She shouldn’t have asked her question, but the temptation had been just too […]

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  14. The Gunman on the Wall

    There is a question. A single question leeching on the deepest, darkest part of our minds. Tucked away, trying to hide. But it’s there. We can’t escape it, no matter how hard we try. Because it stares down at us every single day, every single life. Always there, looking down at us, hiding half the […]

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  15. White Horse

    Why hadn’t he asked her? Stinking, soupy mud soaked into Adam’s clothes as he crawled forward through the tall, whispering grass. Gretchen would have married him if he had just asked. Probably. Maybe. The pungent smell of crushed vegetation caught in his nose, making him want to sneeze. He rubbed his face hard. The mud-scented […]

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  16. The Light Comes

    Dynaea walked down the dormitory aisle, gray robe swishing at her bare heels. Though she’d long passed the need to go barefoot in an effort to remain awake, she still followed the custom. It didn’t feel right to wear shoes around those she guarded while they slept. Dozens of still forms lay under blankets, their […]

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  17. Graphic Story: Shamrock Part 2 – Into the Fray

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2015 Josh Brown 2,278 total views, no views today

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  18. Dragon Rodeo Queen

    It don’t matter how I came to be known as the Dragon Rodeo Queen. And I guess it don’t matter how many gold buckles I got displayed on the walls of my room in the boarding house, neither—there’s twenty-three, in case your heart’s set on countin’—long as it’s clear who’s apt to win should the […]

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  19. Hell of a Salesman

    On my way back from a breakfast meeting with a client in mid-town Manhattan, I dropped dead on 47th Street and 7th Avenue. A heart attack. My soul stood naked over my inert form and watched a Good Samaritan steal my Rolex. I felt more shock than sorrow, and, confused by my nakedness and demise, […]

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