Heroika:Skirmishers by @libraryoferana et. al. is a Shake Off Winter Doldrums Festival Pick #fantasy
Title: Heroika: Skirmishers
Story Titles and Authors:
HABIRU by Michael H. Hanson
A HANDFUL OF SALT by Sean Poage
THE NAKED DAEMON by S.E. Lindberg
SOULS OF A LION by Tom Barczak
NITHING by Travis Ludvigson
IN THE SEASON OF RUST by Charles Gramlich
BLACK QUILL by Cas Peace
OLD GOLD by A.L. Butcher
A LION IN KAMERUN By Ken Kiser
THE PATROL by William Hiles
LA PORTE EN ARRIERE by Beth W. Patterson
DURENDAL by Bruce Durham
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
Conflict is a constant. When force on force is inevitable only the intrepid need come forth. Summon the Skirmishers to their eternal purpose, to face a foe who must be opposed at all cost. Gird yourself and join the brotherhood of 'do or die.' HEROIKA: SKIRMISHERS is an anthology of desperate struggles in far flung time-scapes, the age-old smell of battle and death. SKIRMISHERS --Tales for the bold among you!
From Old Gold – A.L. Butcher
Magic fought magic and god fought god in the tomb of a god once mortal. Mortal fought mortal in the tomb of a god once man. Blood spilt, crimson, dripping, flowing, cleansing. The tomb began to hum, rising with a cacophony of song. Deafening came the sound, forcing Mordicae, Tebat and Freetha to their knees once more. Jacob and Moira danced their deadly dance of battle; a duet which would end in but one winner, and possibly not even that.
Moira staggered back, her flesh burned and seared; the Fire of Arun coating blade and body. Almost naked save the tattered cloak, her blistered and blackened skin filled the tomb with an awful stench, even more pervasive than the stink of death. Yet still she fought, or something did. Jacob slid on his own blood, tendrils of magic flaying him like a whip. His skin hung in shreds and pain racked his body. Yet still he fought, or something did.
From The Patrol – William Hiles
From a distance, only the muted roar of freezing wind, then closer, fluttering canvas and the ragged stutter of a damaged motor. Consciousness seeped slowly to the surface from a deep and somehow comforting oblivion, as the world re-emerged into a scarlet-tinged light. Awareness enlarged, fumbling for comprehension, becoming more focused with every beat of my heart.
I snapped alert and searing pain engulfed my left side. My arm was useless, dangled, cradled in a blood-filled lap. I slid forward and wedged the stick between my knees. I unwrapped my scarf, balled it tight, and shoved it into the wound. I gritted my teeth as the world greyed around the edges. I leaned my head back, breath snatched away in the rush of cold air. Scanning the sky, the horizon, my fear turned to relief; thank God, flying level.
Panic intruded again: An empty darkened sky. I was alone. The flight’s only survivor
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British-born A. L. Butcher is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as ‘evocative’. She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.
Alex is the author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles and the Tales of Erana lyrical fantasy series. She also has several short stories in the fantasy, fantasy romance genres with occasional forays into gothic style horror, including the Legacy of the Mask series. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth, her affinities bring an eclectic and unique flavour in her work, mixing reality and dream in alchemical proportions that bring her characters and worlds to life.
Her short novella Outside the Walls, co-written with Diana L. Wicker received a Chill with a Book Reader’s Award in 2017 and The Kitchen Imps won best fantasy for 2018 on NN Light Book Heaven.
Alex is also proud to be a writer for Perseid Press where her work features in Heroika: Dragon Eaters; and Lovers in Hell – part of the acclaimed Heroes in Hell series. http://www.theperseidpress.com/
is the author of numerous books in a variety of genres, from fantasy, to SF, to horror, to westerns. He's written under his own name and several others. You can follow his exploits as Charles Gramlich on Facebook. charlesgramlich.blogspot.com
is an author of urban, historic and supernatural fiction. He served with honor in U.S. Air Force Intelligence, tested his fighting prowess in a Muay Thai championship in Asia and is fiercely proud of his Norse heritage. He loves reading, spending time with his feisty wife and brilliant son, and playing with their giant mastiff and tough little bulldog. http://norseman73.wix.com/land-of-the-norseman
Michael H Hanson
created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology, all published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing).
Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES!", and his short story "Rock and Road" appeared in the Roger Zelazny tribute anthology "SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS.” His short story "Born Of Dark Waters” appeared in the "THE BEAUTY OF DEATH 2: DEATH BY WATER" anthology.
Michael also has stories in Janet Morris's Heroes in Hell (HIH) anthology volumes, "LAWYERS IN HELL," "ROGUES IN HELL," "DREAMERS IN HELL," "POETS IN HELL," "DOCTORS IN HELL," "PIRATES IN HELL,” and “LOVERS IN HELL.” He has had over 100 short stories published in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and has had Four (soon to be five) collections of his poetry published on Amazon. https://www.facebook.com/michael.h.hanson.3
https://www.selindberg.com/ S.E. Lindberg resides near Cincinnati, Ohio working as a microscopist, employing scientific and artistic skills to understand the manufacturing of products analogous to medieval paints. Over two decades of practicing chemistry, combined with a passion for the Sword & Sorcery genre, spurs him to write graphic adventure fictionalizing the alchemical humors (primarily under the banner “Dyscrasia Fiction”). With Perseid Press, he writes weird tales infused with history and alchemy (Heroika: Dragon Eaters, Heroika II: Skirmishers, Pirates in Hell, Lovers in Hell). S.E. Lindberg is a Managing Editor at BlackGate.com, reviewer of authors on the topic: Beauty in Weird Fiction, and co-moderates a Goodreads group focused on Sword & Sorcery.
Cas Peace Author website/blog: http://www.caspeace.com http://www.peacewrites.blogspot.co.uk