Pieter Claeszoon’s “Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill” (1628)

As of today www.BlackGate.com is featuring one of my never-before-published short stories:
 “When the Glimmer Faire Came to the City of the Lonely Eye.”

Artifice the Quill and his troupe of mystical Players arrive at a haunted city where the power of storytelling might be the cure to ancient curse. Read the story for free right here. 

This is the second story of Artifice the Quill to be published by Black Gate. The very first Artifice story ran in Weird Tales back in 2005 (“The Persecution of Artifice the Quill”). These tales exploring Sorcery As Art take place in the World of Zang, an entirely separate fantasy realm than my Books of the Shaper novels (SEVEN PRINCES, SEVEN KINGS, SEVEN SORCERERS).

There are about a dozen stories in the Zang sequence, some of which were published in past issues of Black Gate magazine (“Oblivion Is the Sweetest Wine,” “The Vintages of Dream,” and “Return of the Quill“). Now that the print version of BG is on indefinite hiatus, BlackGate.com is featuring exclusive online fiction. I’m thrilled to have the “Glimmer Faire” story finally available to the public there. So please click over to the BG site and enjoy “When the Glimmer Faire Came to the City of the Lonely Eye.”

You’ll not soon read another story quite like it.