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WEIRDBOOK #35 marks my third appearance in that esteemed magazine. This time around my contribution is a weird horror piece called “The Man Who Murders Happiness.”

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Every now and then I like to step outside the boundaries of fantasy and go for straight-up horror; this story is exactly such an excursion into the macabre. It was born out of the angst and anxiety of 2016, and hopefully it reaches into the deep core of human existence to explore the abiding darkness there. Or maybe it’s just a glimpse into a dark world that is a distorted parallel of our own.

Here is the complete Table of Contents:

STORIES
The Pullulations of the Tribe by Adrian Cole
The Dead of Night by Christian Riley
Mother of My Children by Bruce L. Priddy
The Man Who Murders Happiness by John R. Fultz
A Handful of Dust by Tom English
Revolution à l’Orange by Paul Lubaczewski
Fiends of the Southern Plains by Patrick Tumblety
The Pyrrhic Crusade by Stanley B. Webb
The Migration of Memories by Charles Wilkinson
Maquettes by Paul St John Mackintosh
In the Shadows by J.S. Watts
The Spot by C.R. Langille
Schism in the Sky by Donald McCarthy
To Roam the Universe, Forgotten and Free by Janet Harriett
Rejuvenate by Lily Luchesi
Vigil Night by Lorenzo Crescentini
The Tale and the Teller by Darrell Schweitzer
Dead Clowns for Christmas by by L.J. Dopp

POETRY
A Queen of Carpathia by Kyle Opperman
Queen of the Bats by Kyle Opperman
Taken from the Tcho Tcho People’s Holy Codex by Frederick J. Mayer
When Wolfsbane Blooms by Kyle Opperman
The Dinner Fly by James Matthew Byers
Strange Jests by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

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This just in! Feast your eyes, my friends:
Alex Raspad recently delivered his finished cover for SON OF TALL EAGLE. It is a thing of beauty.

I love how Alex evokes the colorful sky and alien rock formations of Ispiris. THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE chronicles how Tall Eagle’s people left their war-torn world and escaped to the Land Beyond the Sun. In SON OF TALL EAGLE the entire story takes place in this strange new world. It’s a realm of mysterious creatures, titanic forests, crystalline mountains, and chromatic skies.

Here we see Kai, Son of Tall Eagle, facing down a Sesthi Lord while Athri, Daughter of Thu, leaps in to join the fray. Athri is a half-human, half-Myktu warrior woman who grew up alongside Kai. She is fiercely loyal to the Son of Tall Eagle, even though his heart belongs to someone else.

The Sesthi (Horse People) are the main antagonists this time around. Kai believes peace with the hoofed horde is possible, but there are others among The People who long for the old days of endless war and red-handed glory.

Dark forces linger in the deep places of this world, ready to be set free by blood, hate, and ancient Sesthi magic.

SON OF TALL EAGLE is set for release in the first quarter of 2018 from Ragnarok Publications.

 

My latest article at Black Gate explores Vol. 4 of the collected SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN.

“Whenever anyone steps in to replace John Buscema on pencils, SAVAGE SWORD becomes the Tony DeZuniga Show. And what a terrific show it is.”

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